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We Spots a Spotted Owl

We Spots a Spotted Owl

When people think of Africa, people think of all the big animals, but rarely do they think of owls! Well, Africa is home to many species of owls. We went looking for the Spotted Eagle and we found one! Come learn more about them with us!

spotted eagle owl

Spotted Eagle-Owl Fun Facts:

  • Spotted eagle-owls have a 3 foot wing span!
  • They have large ear tufts and bright yellow eyes.
  • Like many owls they are nocturnal.
  • These carnivores eat mammals, birds and amphibians. They are also known to eat carrion.
  • Spotted eagle-owls are known to bond for life.
  • They are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.

spotted eagle owl2

Seeing an owl in the wild is always a treat! These owls have a fun musical call. We could listen to them all night.

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Whoooooo’s Crafty?

Whoooooo’s Crafty?

We’re in the craft cabin today to make stuffed owls! Whooooo is excited as we are? Woohoot! Hehehe! Let’s get started!



  • Felt in browns, black, white & yellow (color not shown)
  • Scissors
  • Felt glue or hot glue (not shown)
  • Hole punch
  • Whole flax seed or stuffing (not shown)
  • Funnel
  • Pattern


  • Cut out all your pieces. Make sure to cut two owls!IMG_4811
  • Use a hole punch to make the irises for your owl’s eye.


  • Place all the pieces together. We free hand cut a beak.
  • Glue to body parts to the one piece of your owl.


  • Glue the two bodies together- leaving a small opening at the bottom. If you are using felt glue, let your owl dry before filling it.


  • Use the funnel to fill your with flax seed. If you do not have a funnel- you can make a cone from paper that will work! If you are using stuffing- just stuff it in with a chopstick.


  • Glue the bottom opening together! Don’t want your owl to lose stuffing.
  • Then enjoy hanging out with your stuffed owl!


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Happy Owl-O-Ween everyone! Today on Halloween we are talking owls! Those gorgeous birds of the night with their haunting calls can send chills up the spine, but we know these birds of prey are amazing! So on this Owl-O-Ween we’ll share some reasons why we love them so!


Owly Fun Facts:

  • There are 216 species of owl. They live on every continent except Antarctica.
  • Owl ears are not symmetrical. This helps owls hear “all around” them.
  • All owls are carnivores. They swallow their prey whole and then throw up the undigested parts. These thrown up parts are called owl pellets.


  • Owls have two front facing toes and two back facing toes. This helps them grasp branches and prey.
  • Like other birds of prey, most female owls are larger than males.
  • Humans have 7 vertebrae in their necks, owls have 14! They can turn their heads 270 degrees.
  • Owl eyes are so large they take up most of their brain cavity.
  • Owls have special feathers that help them keep silent while they fly.


  • Baby owls are called owlets.
  • A group of owls is called a parliment.
  • The smallest owl is the Elf Owl and the largest is the Eurasian Eagle Owl.
  • Not all owls hoot. Some owls screech.









Owls are one of favorite kinds of birds. These majestic birds with their gorgeous camouflage feathers and their wise old faces have captured the hearts of humans for centuries. They have been worshiped and feared and written about over the years. We can certainly see why they are so popular!

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We’re staying in Central America this Feathery Friday to meet today’s bird! Whoooooo do you think it will be? Let’s get our night vision goggles out see if we can find them!

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spectacled owl   Range/Habitat: South Mexico-Central South America/ rainforest-


   Diet: Carnivore: small mammals, fish, crabs

   Length/Weight: 17- 20”/ 21- 36 oz

   Conservation Status: common 


Fun Facts:

  •          Spectacled owls have a ring of white feathers around their eyes.
  •          They have brown bellies.
  •          They hunt from a perch.
  •          Spectacled owls are solitary.
  •          Spectacled owls are nocturnal.
  •         Check out their haunting call.

Spectacled owls are gorgeous! Their call reminds us of a night around a campfire telling animal stories! What do you think?

spectacled owl2   spectacled owl3

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super horse to rescue

Super Horse to the Wildlife Rescue interviewed Raptor Rehabilitator & Educator, Monteen McCord from Hawk Talk! Come learn about the great work she is doing to educate people about these special birds!

Edmond: How long have you been rehabilitating birds?

Ms. McCord: I met my first owl in 1983 at a vet clinic where I was employed.

Edmond: Neat! How did you get started rehabilitating birds?

Ms. McCord: My background is in surgical nursing, but got out of the human medical field and started working for a veterinarian.

Edmond: Animals do make more interesting patients. What does it take to become a wildlife rehabilitator?

Ms. McCord: The exams are very difficult to pass. It takes up a lot of time and even more resources and if you don’t have the full support and backing of your spouse/family members, you will have trouble.

We just loved this owl!

We just loved this owl!

Edmond: Wow! It sounds like it takes a ton of hard work and passion! Do you rehab birds of all kinds or just raptors?

Ms. McCord: Yes, only raptors. I decided to target one group and get good at it. It’s been my experience that if you try to rehab everything, you’re not very good at any of it.

great horned owl chick

Great Horned Owl chick

 Edmond: Makes sense! What kind of birds do you have right now?

Ms. McCord: I have 4 rehab birds in hospital right now…all vehicle strikes – Great horned owl, barred owl, Screech owl and a Red-shouldered hawk. I have 6 that live with me full time.

Barred owl chick

Barred owl chick

Edmond: All of those birds must keep you busy. Do you release most of your birds back in the wild?

Ms. McCord: The release rate is about 50%. They have to be in tip-top shape to survive at the top of the food chain.

Edmond: Do you take your birds out for education programs?  If yes, how can a person/organization contact you to book a program?

Ms. McCord: HawkTalk generates funding for the charity in two ways; charitable contributions (we are a 501c3 not for profit organization) and program fees for educational programs for schools, civic organizations, scouts, nature centers, etc. You can call us at 770-720-1847. Email us through the web site You can also ‘like’ us and contact us via FaceBook  AND if that isn’t enough, you can also contact us via our YouTube channel  Whew!  🙂

Educating students about owls!

Educating students about owls!

 Edmond: Excellent! What message would you give people about keeping our wildlife safe?

Ms. McCord: Wildlife will continue to survive among us, regardless of where you live. I have songbird feeders and water sources, along with brush piles, so the little critters can have a safe place to hide and reproduce. I even offer my leftovers on the deck for the possums and raccoons overnight because it isn’t their fault that they have to eek out a living among us pesky humans…  🙂

Hawk getting help!

Hawk getting help!

Edmond: Wow, the wildlife near you sure are lucky! What should a person do if they find an injured bird?

Ms. McCord: The bird might not be injured; it may just be young. Spring is when the majority of the baby songbirds and raptors (and small mammals) get accidentally orphaned by well-meaning people who don’t understand that young birds leave the nest before they can fly. Their parents are nearby to hear their food calls and will bring them food, provide a modicum of security and do the necessary coaching. When I acquired cats, I removed my bluebird house for that very reason…I know that the cats would just wait at the base of the feeder for dinner to jump out. The young are very vulnerable when they first leave the nest, but the universe made it that way to improve the gene pool and young birds of prey exemplify the phrase, ‘survival of the fittest’! You can put some gloves on and put the baby songbird up under a bush, but chances are, they won’t stay very long. Gloves are needed not because the mother bird will smell you and abandon the babe, for they don’t have a sense of smell, but you do leave your scent behind for other predators.

We have had great success in re-nesting young owls and hawks if we know where the nest is. Installing artificial baskets on or near the nest tree works just great as long as the parents can hear the food call, they will locate the babe’s new digs and rear them from there.

Hanging the wicker basket filled with leaves and twigs, making sure there are no ants. The nest tree is nearby.

Owl in a basket

Owl in a basket.

Hanging the basket in the tree.

Hanging the basket in the tree.








Human intervention is needed if you see a bird that is obviously drooping one wing or is non-weight bearing. Keep in mind that birds rest on one foot, so it will take some observation on your part to determine if the bird is indeed injured, or merely resting. If you need to pick up an injured, you can poke some holes in a cardboard box and upend it over the bird. Slide something flat under it and gently turn the box right sight up. Tape the lid down rather than the figure 8 because you don’t want to put your hands down in a box with an injured raptor, especially, if it’s lying on his back. The toes are strong enough to bury the talons up to the hilt on whatever flesh they come in contact with, so you need to take the utmost care in capturing them. I prefer the box method because you will avoid physical contact with the bird, which makes it safer for all concerned. You can also throw a jacket or blanket over them, but you won’t know where their feet are and the feet and the business end and if the bird binds to you, you will probably end up killing the bird to get the talons out of you. Not fun…has only happened to me twice since ’83. All it takes is to be a half second faster than they are and you’re good to go.  J People in Georgia can go over to and click on ‘how to find a wildlife rehabilitator’. Click down to whatever category critter you have and start with your county and radiate out from there. Other residents contact your local Department of Natural Resources or Game and Fish Commission in assistance in finding a licensed person to help.

Owl chicks Monteen worked to reintroduce into the wild!

Owl chicks Monteen worked to reintroduce into the wild!


Owl chicks in the trees- learning to be owls!

Owl chicks in the trees- learning to be owls!





Edmond: Whew that is some great information! We know people always ask as spring arrives what to do with baby birds! Thanks so much for taking the time to inform us! And THANK YOU for being a Wildlife Super Hero! Your hard work and dedication to animals are a real inspiration!

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It’s Feathery Friday and we’re heading to Utah to meet bird who is a real hoot! Haha! You won’t need your night goggles to meet this owl because they come out during the day!

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short eared owl   Range/Habitat: North America-South America-Europe-Asia-Africa/

wetlands, grasslands

   Diet: Carnivore: mice, voles

   Length/Weight: 14 ½”/ 7-18 oz

  Conservation Status: common


Fun Facts:

  • Short eared owls have long wings.
  • They often fly close to the ground.
  • Short eared owls are diurnal (active during the day).
  • They usually roost on the ground.
  • Short eared owls have large round faces.

It is so awesome to see an owl out during the day! Often we only hear owls at night and we don’t see them, so it’s a real treat to see one! Whoooo doesn’t love owls day or night?

short eared owl3   Short-eared Owl2


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Make Your Own Ellie & Edmond Valentines!


Valentine’s Day is soon approaching and Ellie has been hard at work making some great Valentines that you can print, color and share with your friends and family!

All you have to do is click on the link and print them out! There’s a frog, an owl and a moose! Glue them to a blank card or construction paper, color them and add your own pizazz! (Edmond loves to add glitter to his handmade cards!)  As always please share your artwork with us! We love to see your creativity!

Ellie & Edmond Valentines!

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It is Frightening Feathery Friday and we’re going to Europe to meet one of the world’s largest owls! Get your night vision goggles and let’s go exploring! Whooooooo do you think we’re looking for?


   Range/Habitat: Europe-Asia/ forests, deserts, mountains, grasslands

   Diet: Carnivore: hares, rats, birds

   Length/Weight: 22-30”/ 3.3- 9.3 lbs

   Conservation Status: common

Fun Facts:

  • Eurasian Eagle Owls are one of the world’s largest owls.
  • They have bright orange eyes.
  • Eurasian Eagle Owls are nocturnal (active at night).
  • Eurasian eagle owls have large ear tufts.
  • They have powerful talons and fully feathered legs.
  • They nest in cliffs and caves.
  • Eurasian eagle owls live up to 20 years.

WOW! These big owls are so awesome! Do you think it’s creepy when you hear an owl hoot at night or do you wish you could see these creatures of the night? Check out this video of one calling!  We always want to go find them!

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We haven’t featured an owl in a while, so we traveled to the grasslands of Africa to find a very cute and little owl with exceptional talons! Get your sunscreen because this little owl hunts during the day!


   Range/Habitat: Africa-South of the Sahara/ grasslands, woodlands

   Diet: Carnivore: mice, bats, insects

   Length/Weight: 6 ½-8”/ 1 ¾- 5 oz

   Conservation Status: Common




Fun Facts:

  • Pearl Spotted Owls are one of the smallest owls in Southern Africa.
  • They are mostly diurnal (active during the day).
  • Pearl spotted owls have two false eye marks on the back of their heads. These markings confuse and deter predators.
  • They have very strong talons that enable them to catch prey that is larger than them.
  • Both female and male Pearl spotted owls incubate the eggs and take care of the chicks.
  • Check out their call!


These little owls are super neat! And you thought all owls were nocturnal didn’t you? Our bird friends just never cease to amaze us with their diversity!

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Well, who has enjoyed our trip to the Arctic this week? We sure have had fun! We have one more special arctic animal for today’s Feathery Friday and this bird is a beauty covered in all white! Let’s put on our parkas and meet…


Range/Habitat: Arctic Circle/ tundra-open land

Diet: Carnivore: lemmings, rabbits, waterfowl

Length/Weight: 22- 28”/ 2 ¼-5 ½ lbs

Conservation Status: Common

Fun Facts:

  • Snowy owls are covered in long white feathers. The feathers cover every part of them including their feet and beak.
  • They are most active at dusk and dawn, but are diurnal (active during the day) during the summer when there is little darkness.
  • Females are larger than males and have molted or spotted brown colors on their feathers. This helps them blend in with the ground.
  • Snowy owls nest on the ground.
  • They have excellent hearing and eyesight.
  • Snowy owls mate for life and both the male and female take care of the chicks.
  • Snowy owls are ambush predators!

You may recognize the snowy owl from Harry Potter; he had one that delivered his mail. We need an owl to deliver our mail. In all seriousness, snowy owls are really neat birds! They have fabulous thick coats of feathers to keep them warm and large appetites. One owl can eat up to 5 lemmings in a day! Yum!

Here’s a snowy owl call:

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