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Whoooo's your favorite owl?

There are many such birds of prey throughout children's literature and pop culture, and several of them made quite the impression on me when I was young.

The first that comes to mind, since I was an overly-sensitive child, was "X" the owl from the PBS show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Do you remember what a mean know-it-all that owl was?! Every time he made an appearance I ran, terrified, to wherever my mom was in the house and stayed there for the rest of the show.

A decidedly more whimsical yet also very wise owl is A. A. Milne's character Owl who, as you may recall, was grand enough to have a very fine house with his name, “Wol,” on a sign on his door.

And let's not forget that if you need to know important things, like how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop, you can just ask an owl. Boom. Answers.

Owls are often developed as wise or all-knowing characters, but do they really have all that wisdom going on? If you and your preschoolers are signed up for our Friday, December 16th Hands-on-Habitat event here at Fontenelle Forest, you'll find out how big (or small) an owl's brain actually is. You'll even go on a Hole Hunt and meet a live owl up close! You and your kiddos won't want to miss out on this or future events, so register now!

Lindsay Cooley

from Fontenelle Forest

Lindsay is an environmental educator at Fontenelle Forest in Bellevue. She was born and raised in Omaha, and is happy to be back after spending the past four years interning and working at various nature centers around the country. Lindsay has a background in environmental science, and is passionate about cultivating a love of the natural world in children and adults alike. When she's not cutting out craft materials or taking kids on hikes, Lindsay loves birdi ...

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