|Barn Owl at British Wildlife Centre, Surrey, England|
Author: Peter Trimming
Owls can rotate their necks 270 degrees in either direction from a forward facing position!
Do you have any questions about owls? Is there something you find interesting about them?
Create your own research project to learn more about these fascinating creatures of the night, or just explore the sites you find the most interesting!
Write or draw your questions on a piece of paper, or record them on an audio/video device, and use the following sites to help you find answers.
Some of the the following activities and resources include: Dissecting a virtual owl pellet, watching owl cams, owl anatomy and physiology, owl sounds, owl mythology and much, much more...
Here are a couple of questions to help you get started...
What is the smallest owl in the world and where can it be found?
What is the largest owl in the world and where can it be found?
You can explore the following links to learn about owls!
KidWings has a virtual owl pellet that you can dissect and offers a resource called the 12 Nests of Knowledge and other areas to explore.
Explore.org has two owl cams you can watch: The Great Horned Owl and the Long-eared Owl
Owl Institute: Owl ID Guide
The Owl Institute offers an interactive owl ID guide. Click on a picture to learn more about an owl. On the right hand side of the page you will find a list of North American Owls, click on the name of the owl you are interested in learning more about. This site also offers an owl cam where you can watch two owls cams at the same time.
Sylvan Dell Publishing offers a teacher's guide in PDF format about owls.
Listen to owl sounds, learn about owl physiology, and owl mythology on OwlPages.
Learn about different kinds of owls at The Aviary at Owls.com
Owl Flight and Videos
How Stuff Works offers articles about how owls fly and how this has influenced aeronautics and aircraft design. It offers a variety of videos about owls as well.
Enchanted Learning: All About Owls
Short bits of information about owl: Anatomy, flight, hunting, classification and more. Link within the site to take an owl quiz, learn about owl physiology and the smallest and largest owls in the world, learn about the spotted owl, snowy owl, the great horned owl and more.
DLTK offers owl crafts and coloring pages.
First School offers and Owl Theme for young children.
Wikipedia offers general information about owls, including the smallest and largest owls in the world. This page also links up to other owls.
What you can do with the information you gather...
Create your own owl fact cards - Put a picture on one side and facts you found the most interesting on the other. Wikipedia offers pictures of owls.
Make an owl trivia game - Gather owl facts and create your own game with them. Some categories you can include are: Owl Anatomy, Owl Habitats, Owl Diets, Owl Myths and Truths, Owl Mythology, etc.
Make an owl book - As you gather pictures and facts, and do owl activities, create a book with the information. Take pictures of the activities you do to add them to your book.
Create an owl blog post - If you have a personal blog, put a post together with owl information to reference later and/or to share with others.
Make an owl match game - Make sets of cards about the owls you learn about. Put pictures on the cards or make one card with a picture and the other with a name or a fact. Play a memory game with them.
If you find an owl site you like, or come up with a fun owl activity, please share it in the comments!
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