FEATURED SPECIES: BARN OWL

A Barn Owl’s ability to hunt in almost total darkness, depending solely on sound to locate its prey, is better than any other animal’s. This keen hearing combined with excellent low-light vision makes them lethal predators of the night.

Hear the Barn Owl’s sound:
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Make a Barn Owl Mobile:
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Make a Barn Owl mask:
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See videos of a Barn Owl:
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Listen to the sounds and learn about the raptors living in Massachusetts.

American Kestrel
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Bald Eagle
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Barn Owl
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Barred Owl
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Broad-winged Hawk
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Cooper’s Hawk
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Eastern Screech Owl
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Great Horned Owl
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Merlin
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Northern Goshawk
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Northern Harrier
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Northern Saw-whet Owl
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Osprey
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Peregrine Falcon
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Red-shouldered Hawk
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Red-tailed Hawk
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Rough-legged Hawk
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Sharp-shinned Hawk
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Short-eared Owl
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Snowy Owl
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Turkey Vulture
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VIRTUAL OWL PELLET DISSECTION

Owls feed on small animals and swallow them whole or in small pieces. The parts that they cannot digest (the bones, feathers and fur) are packed tightly together in the owl’s stomach and regurgitated daily. You can tell what an owl has eaten by looking at the contents of its pellets.

Do a virtual owl pellet dissection:
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After reading Pellet Directions:

  1. Click “Virtual Owl Pellet”
  2. Turn “Labels” on
  3. Click “Fun Facts” to switch to “Bone Chart” view
  4. Begin dissection

VIEW AN ANIMATED STORYBOOK (AGES 3-6)

Did you know that an owl baby is called an owlet? And that owls lay their eggs one at a time over several days so that the chicks hatch at different times and are therefore different sizes.

View an animated version of the beautifully illustrated children's book "Owl Babies" *
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Then view a video of three real life baby owls sitting in their tree [Click Here]

* available in our Gift Shop

AERIAL ACROBATICS - A GRIPPING TALE

Bald Eagles are known to cartwheel thru the air with their talons locked together. Are they playing? Are they courting? Experts think it is a form of play because the participants are usually young eagles. But adult pairs have been spotted doing it as well. So it seems there is no one simple answer to explain this behavior.

To watch an animation of 2 Bald Eagles locking talons [Click Here]

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WEBCAMS

See what life is like inside a raptor’s nest:

  1. Bald Eagle Cam [Click Here]
    Dates active: Feb-May


  2. Owl Cam [Click Here]
    Dates active: Feb-May


  3. Peregrine Falcon Cam [Click Here]
    Dates active: Mar-Aug

CRAFTS

Make a Barn Owl Finger Puppet
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