You can learn more about the northern spotted owl at www.kidsplanet.org/factsheets/northspotowl.html (Defenders of Wildlife), endangered.fws.gov/i/B6K.html (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), biology.usgs.gov/s+t/SNT/noframe/pn172.htm (U.S. Geological Survey), and www.amnh.org/nationalcenter/Endangered/owl/owl.html (American Museum of Natural History).
You can see a movie of a northern spotted owl capturing a rodent at www.nps.gov/olym/owl.htm(National Park Service).
The Green Diamond Resource Company has a Web site at www.greendiamond.com/ Green Diamond Resource Co.).
A WebQuest and curriculum guide concerning the northern spotted owl is available at www.spa3.k12.sc.us/WebQuests/endangeredanimals/endangered.htm (Spartanburg School District, South Carolina).
Books recommended by SearchIt!Science:
The Book of North American Owls — Helen Roney Sattler
Published by Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin, 1995.
Did you know that owls can be found on every continent except Antarctica? Until recently, people knew very little about owls. Because they are nocturnal, they are difficult to observe. But scientists have learned a great deal in the past 15 years about the different types of owls and how they live, nest, and reproduce. This book gives an overview of these fascinating predators, with lots of labeled drawings. It also has a field guide section that spotlights about 20 owls, complete with maps showing where they can be found.
There’s an Owl in the Shower — Jean Craighead George
Published by HarperCollins, 1995.
Spotted owls live in old-growth forests and are in danger of extinction. The government halts logging in the forests to save them. Bordon decides he will shoot spotted owls because his father lost his logging job. One day he finds a baby barred owl and takes pity on it. But Bordon’s father is the one who comes to love the rescued owl the most. Fiction.
Bird Alert — Peggy Thomas
Published by Twenty-First Century Books/Millbrook Press, 2000.
Have you ever heard the expression “free as a bird”? You may be surprised to learn that in our developed world, birds aren’t as free as they should be. With their habitats being destroyed and polluted, many species are threatened by extinction. This book shows some of the ways caring citizens and scientists are working to save birds. Investigate some of the ways scientists track and research birds and how amateur ornithologists help them. Learn what a wildlife pathologist does, discover why investigating dead birds is important to help the living birds, and find out the truth about some pesticides. Read about how scientists breed birds to rebuild an endangered species and return birds to the wild. Finally, find out what you can do to join in the bird conservation effort and help our planet’s birds fly free.
habitat The area in which an animal or plant normally lives, such as a rain forest, a pond, or a coral reef. A particular habitat is often home to many different plants and animals. Cactus, lizards, scorpions, and many insects can live in a desert habitat.
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