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Saw-whet Owl
Photo by Ed Prins, courtesy of
Wisconsin Society for Ornithology

Have you ever gone outside listening for owls? Most owls call at nighttime, so you must try this with an adult. Bring a good flashlight and a tape recorder with owl calls or, better yet, try calling for them with your own voice. First, of course, you must learn your owl calls. Figure out what owls live in your area using the maps on a field guide. Then listen to their calls. You can hear some of the most common ones at:

After you've studied your owl calls, choose a night with little or no wind and no rain or snow. Try the littlest species for your area first. Call each species once or twice a minute for at least five minutes before trying a bigger species. If you hear a big owl, do not call any littler ones. Big species sometimes eat littler ones.


TryThis! Write Your Own Story
Jane Yolen wrote a wonderful book, Owl Moon, about a little girl going out owling with her dad. When you come back from owling, write your own story about the adventure. [Teachers see Journey North Reading and Writing Connection ]

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