Photo by @ronan_donovan // (behind the scenes video story going on now over on @ronan_donovan page). Owls have always captivated me since I was a child. They're large birds that are rarely seen, but often heard to a trained ear. My first wildlife job out of college was monitoring the nesting success of spotted owls in Yosemite National Park as part of an ongoing fire fire ecology study. It was 2006 and I drove from Vermont to Yosemite with a used film camera I'd just bought on eBay. I spent the summer learning about what it meant to be a naturalist, about the importance of conserving wild things and wild places and learning from friends along the way. That summer became the foundation for the work that I'm doing now. It has been an immense joy to return and to remember those days. Thank you @mcdonald.mike.a for spending a few late nights in the old growth forests searching for owls again and for continuing to teach me. And thanks @yosemitenps for preserving this place. Check out @ronan_donovan for his Instagram story about looking for this owl.