Phantom of the North
Great Gray Owls of the Tetons and Yellowstone

by Steve Mattheis
and Katherine Gura

photography by Steve Matthies

published by Steve Mattheis and Katherine Gura

produced by Sweetgrass Books

  • Award-winning photographer Steve Mattheis and biologist Katherine Gura invite you to enter the domain of the Great Gray Owl. With sections devoted to the four seasons, this book provides a thorough natural history of one of the most enigmatic raptors in North America. Mattheis' striking photographs span the gamut from whimsical to artistic to scientific, while Gura's in-depth knowledge of this species comes to the forefront in her accessible narrative. Phantom of the North is a visual treat and compelling read for bird-lovers and anyone interested in wildlife and natural history.

152 pages, 12 x 12, 155 color photos, Sewn with Dust Jacket

ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: 9781591522478


  • A collection of 155 stunning color photographs by Steve Mattheis: Grand Prize winner of the Audubon Photography Awards with accompanying text by avian research biologist Katherine Gura.
  • A portion of the book's proceeds will be donated to the Teton Raptor Center in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.





Phantom of the North
Great Gray Owls of the Tetons and Yellowstone

Steve Mattheis align= Steve Mattheis is an award-winning professional photographer who specializes in the wildlife and landscapes of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. His photography has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Wyoming Wildlife Magazine, Audubon Magazine, and Nature's Best Photography Magazine. In both 2017 and 2018 Mattheis received Audubon Photography Awards for his photographs of Great Gray Owls. In 2017 he won the professional division, and in 2018 he was the Grand Prize Winner. Mattheis is a native of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where he has lived for over forty years.
Katherine Gura align= Katherine Gura is a research assistant pursuing a master's degree in Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming. Previously, she worked at Teton raptor Center in Wilson, Wyoming as a field biologist studying Great Gray Owls. Her current graduate work is an extension of that research, specifically assessing Great Gray Owl habitat selection. Gura graduated from Middlebury College with a B. A. in English and American Literatures. She lives in Jackson Hole.

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