Thursday, December 1, 2011

Owl Study

With part of our winter bird observation we also included a small study on owls. We have spent a few days this week reading on various owls, enjoying some owl books from our own collection and the library. I also gave Holly the challenge to go through her Ranger Rick and National Geographic Kids issues to find any articles she could on owls... she found a couple of items. We also enjoyed this little clip from National Geographic Kids

Through our small study Holly learned about various owls who live in our region, the Pacific Northwest, such as the Northern Pygmy Owl, the Great Horned Owl, the Short Eared Owl, the Western Screech Owl and the Barred Owl. We read on their habitats, physical descriptions, listened to some sound footage of their calls, learned of their breeding habits, the young and their diets. With this we compared photos of the owls and discussed their body types and used a tape measure to see the size differences in some of then.

After reading several books and using the internet as a good tool Holly then created a little owl book using some of the knowledge she gathered. The book was a perfect project to bring it all together for her. We chose some topics of interest and a couple of items I wanted to bring in. The final product is adorable!!!

Tomorrow... we get to dissect an owl pellet - should be fun!

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