Birds of Prey
Our unit of study began with a discussion about birds of prey, or raptors. We talked about the difference between nocturnal and diurnal raptors, and about their nictitating membranes and how it protects them.
Then, we began to concentrate on owls. Though most are nocturnal, some are crepuscular too. They have asymmetrical ears to help them locate prey, and they form and regurgitate pellets after eating.
The Philadelphia Zoo's "Zoo On Wheels" Program
After our unit of study, Miss Hunt surprised the class by inviting the Philadelphia Zoo to come and visit! They brought four different birds: a Spectacled Owl named Dewey, a Barred Owl named Shakespeare, a Great Horned Owl named Maya, and a Red-tailed Hawl named Shenadoah. We got to see all of them up close, and learned the differences between raptors and other birds. It was AWESOME!