Whooo loves owls? We do! Owls are found in all sorts of habitats, including dense forests, wood lots, swamps, marshes, grasslands, and maybe even in your backyard! There are more than 200 species of owls worldwide.
Snowy owls are the largest (by weight) North American owl, and their breeding grounds are in the Arctic. They can be seen in our area in Illinois during their spring and fall migrations. When they are young, snowy owls are barred with dark brown. If you want your owl to be a young owlet, add some brown stripes to the wings. Females keep some dark markings even as adults, but the whitest birds–including Harry Potter’s Hedwig–are always males.
Awesome Owl Quests:
- Take a listen to a snowy owl’s call. Can you imitate these sounds? Which family member sounds most like a bird?
- The stars of the wild birds webcam are a pair of Barred Owls that live nearby in Indiana. Take a look at the Cornell Lab to peek into their nest! What do you see?
- Play Bird Bingo as a family.
- Learn how to draw a snowy owl.
- Read a book about owls. Here are some suggestions: