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Owls are residents of Fontenelle Forest all year long. December is a great time to discover these wonderful birds as they do not usually migrate and can be seen even in winter.

There are three types of owls normally seen and heard here at Fontenelle Forest. From biggest to smallest are the Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl and the Screech Owl. Each type makes a different sound.

Owls have a lot of talents, one is that they can fly very quietly because their feathers are shaped in a special way. Naturalists call this "silent flight."

Owls are adorable with their big eyes that help them to see very well in the dark. Being night time hunters, their good eyesight and silent flight help them to sneak up on their prey.

At our December Hands-On-Habitat, we will learn all about owls. We will take a walk through the Raptor Woodland Refuge so we can see all three types of these owls, hear the sounds they make observe their feather shape and learn about how they hunt.

You and your preschooler are invited to us for a fun and educational time learning all about owls on Friday, December 15th, 9:30 a.m. to 11:00a.m. The class is free when you register!

Debbie Beck

Fontenelle Forest

Debbie has been teaching people of all ages about Fontenelle Forest and its wonders for over 10 years. She was born and raised in Omaha and has always loved the natural world. Debbie has a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Geology. She truly enjoys sharing her love of nature with the preschoolers and parents who attend Hands-on-Habitat, and look forward to many fun times.   ...

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