The Black Hills' Raptor Show did a presentation at our school. He brought four raptors with him. This was a wonderful presentation for our school since many of the children have some background knowledge in birds. I had taught the Chickadee Bird Club about raptors prior to the presentation, so they were very excited! Each family received a National Geographic book for kids about raptors. There were really nice door prizes awarded too! I thought it was really neat to see live birds close up!
This Eastern Screech-Owl is a small owl similar to
those in our area. I often get one in my nest box
in my yard in the fall and winter. They
whinny like a horse rather than hoot like the
Great Horned Owl.
|It was a treat to see this Ferruginous Hawk |
up close. I usually see them by Pierre
or out west.
|Sadly, this bird was hit by a car and has |
serious brain damage making it unable to
hunt for its own food.
|Its rufous coloring and long, yellow gape are |
how we distinguish it from other hawks.
|This is a Short-eared Owl. You may see them at |
dusk on a fence post Notice its facial discs
around its face that are used to funnel
sound waves to its ears.
|This happy kindergartner won a plush |
Great Horned Owl as a door prize!