Owls of the NE Forestlands: Barred Owl, Great Horned Owl, and Northern Saw-whet Owl

Barred Owls, Great Horned Owls, and Northern Saw-whet Owls have evolved marvelous adaptations that make them especially well-suited for important ecological functions in the Northern Forests. They are vital and fascinating components of this biome.

Here is a simple coloring and identification page / take home sheet that focuses on a few of the distinctions between these three. It can be offered after a field trip or lesson about owls, food chains, birds of prey, night creatures, defenders of forests / trophic cascades, adaptations, etc. Combine visual and manual work on the coloring page with recordings of these owls’ calls – such as those available on-line from The Audubon Society https://www.audubon.org/bird-guide or Cornell University https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/

I hope you and your students will enjoy learning about these nocturnal neighbors!

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