This barn owl peeks from his namesake home. Unfortunately, barn owls are an endangered species in Illinois due to habitat loss.
“They often use dead trees and old barns as nesting sites,” Olson explains. “As the barns disappear from our landscape, the owls do, too.”
Rockford native David C. Olson has produced some of the world’s best wildlife images, at times risking his life in their pursuit. His deep knowledge of, and sensitivity to, animal behavior, wildnerness survival and photography, have earned him clients such as National Geographic and the National Wildlife Federation. Here, he shares some of his favorite images with the readers of Northwest Quarterly Magazine.