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Jonathan Slaght

Jonathan C. Slaght is the Russia & Northeast Asia Coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). He manages research projects involving endangered species such as Blakiston’s fish owls and Amur tigers, and coordinates WCS avian conservation activities along the East Asia-Australasian Flyway from the Russian Arctic to the mudflats of Southeast Asia. Slaght’s first book, Owls of the Eastern Ice, was published in 2020 to acclaim. It was longlisted for a 2020 National Book Award, named a 2020 Notable Book by the New York Times, called one of the Ten Best Books of 2020 by the Wall Street Journal, and shortlisted for a 2021 PEN/E.O. Wilson Scientific Writing Award. (Slaght is not currently booking new events.)

Recent & Notable Works



Owls of the Eastern Ice: a Quest to Find and Save the World’s Largest Owl (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2020)

Across the Ussuri Kray, translator and editor (Indiana University Press, 2016)

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