This Saturday, January 12, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., the Mill Mountain Discovery Center will present "The World of Owls."
This program, for children ages seven and up, will teach students about owls' amazing abilities and cool characteristics. Participants can practice singing like owls (only the barred owl actually says "Hoo, Hoo" - the other species have their own songs and noises) and will also get to dissect sterilized owl pellets to find the bones of the owls' latest meals!
The standard charge for this program is $6. Registration can be completed online through the Roanoke Parks and Recreation website.
Some great pre- or post-program books and activities to extend the learning are:
- Owl Moon by Jane Yolen - a Caldecott Medal winner, this children's picture book is a beautiful invitation into the wintry night world of owls.
- A Guide to Night Sounds by Lang Elliot - This book and accompanying CD include the nighttime sounds of not just owls, but more than 60 species of nocturnal mammals, birds, amphibians, and insects.
- Where Are the Night Animals? by Mary Ann Fraser - this book is part of the Let's Read and Find Out Science series, an excellent teaching series for kids (and the adults reading to or with them).
- Virtual Owl Pellet Dissection - an online activity provided by the Kid Wings website, this allows kids to pull bones out of an owl pellet and assemble them like a puzzle over the actual animal's skeleton outline. Cool!
- Owls of the Mid-Atlantic Region - learn more about the owl species that live in this area on the eNature.com website.
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