Jonathan C. Slaght

Jonathan C. Slaght is the Russia and Northeast Asia Coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). He manages research projects involving Blakiston’s Fish Owls and Amur tigers. He;s currently under contract with @fsgbooks to write a book about his adventures studying owls, and writes a regular guest blog for Scientific American about his work in Russia titled “East of Siberia.” Slaght's nature writings and scientific research have been featured on BBC World Service, the New York Times, Smithsonian, among others. 

Articles by Jonathan C. Slaght

Searching for Elusive Blakiston's Fish Owls in the Ancient Forests of Primorye

August 04, 2020 — Jonathan Slaght ventures into far-east Russia to locate the enormous raptors in this excerpt from his new book 'Owls of the Eastern Ice.'

More Birds Rely on Special Molting Locations Than We Realized

May 18, 2018 — New research shows that many North American songbirds log extra miles to refresh their feathers before migrating.

How a Small Army of Scientists Hopes to Save the World's Rarest Sandpiper

December 22, 2017 — The Spoon-billed Sandpiper, on the edge of extinction, is finally catching a break after scientists persuaded hunters to become fishermen instead.

The Dangers of Distracting Birds

December 09, 2016 — Even birders and photographers with the best intentions can accidentally cause harm. Here are some tips to keep birds safe.