Owls are Awesome

Owls are Awesome
Short Eared Owl. Brown and while with bug yellow eyes.

This is a Short-Eared Owl, one of the eight types of owls that you can find in New Jersey.  

This is one of our rarest owls in New Jersey and one of the few owls that is active during the day!


Owls are easy to recognize because they look so different from other kinds of birds.  They have big round flat faces with big eyes.  Some owls make hooting sounds (or other kinds of sounds), but some types of owls almost never make any sounds at all.  Even though some owls are very common, like the Great Horned Owl, we rarely see them because they are often sleeping during the day and are usually active at night.  But there are other kinds of owls that fly around during the day, and if you go to the right place, you might see one!

 

Like hawks and eagles, owls are predators – meaning that they eat other animals.  And also like hawks and eagles, they hunt with their sharp claws (called talons).  They mostly eat mice and other small creatures, and they usually find them by listening for them very carefully.  It’s truly amazing, but owls can actually hear a mouse walking around under the leaves from 100 ft away!  They have special ears that make it possible for them to do that, and they are better at listening than any other kind of animal.

Great Horned Owl. Brown and while with yellow eyes. It is the biggest owl in New Jersey.

This is a Great Horned Owl. It is the biggest owl in New Jersey and probably the most common type of owl too.


Owls are important because they eat mice and rats and other animals, and there might be too many of these animals if it weren’t for owls.  If you want to learn even more about owls, check out the links below.  

 

https://www.audubon.org/news/13-fun-facts-about-owls


Check out this video – It teaches you about owls and has some fascinating pictures and facts!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UzCR2wmmjg



Owl Craft

Let’s also try a craft where you can learn to make an owl:

Make an owl using a paper playe with paper circles for eyes and a triangle for a nose.

How to make a paper plate owl

This owl is one of the many easy crafts for kids that your children can make any time of year. However it seems that we talk about owls a lot during the fall season. Whether you have an owl unit in school or your kids just watched Harry Potter, this paper plate owl is a great project.

What you’ll need to make a paper plate owl

  • Paper plates
  • Brown paint
  • Construction paper in yellow, black, white, and orange
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • Yarn (optional)

Plate is painted brown and the eyes are trhee circles the bottom yellow, the middle white and the th

Paint the paper plates brown and let dry. Trace the patterns (at the end of this guide) onto the construction paper as follows:

  • 2 large circles – yellow
  • 2 medium circles – white
  • 2 small circles –  black
  • 1 triangle – orange
  1. Cut out the patterns. Glue the white circle to the center o the yellow circle, then glue the black circle to the center of the white circle. Repeat.
  2. Cut one of the paper plates in half for the wings. Trim the top of the remaining paper plate to form two ears at the top.
  3. Glue the eyes to the front of the plate and glue the beak directly below the eyes. Glue the wings to the back of the body plate.
  4. You can tape a piece of yarn to the back to create a hanger if you wish.

The finished owl craft

See blow for the shapes of the eyes and beak.

Patterns to cut out for the eyes and beak