Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Leslie Science Center Raptors Visit Abbot 3rd Graders

It’s all about survival! Three engaging raptors (a Hawk, an Barned Owl, and a Bald Eagle) visited Abbot's third graders on October 8 as a part of the Leslie Science Center's "Hunters of the Sky" program. Students saw the wild birds up close and discussed science concepts of habitats, adaptations, life cycles, conservation and the food web with a Leslie naturalist.

The live birds are used to demonstrate and model their amazing survival characteristics and techniques. Hands-on explorations of feathers, skulls and other bird parts provide a stimulating continuation of natural science concepts students have been learning in class. 
The Abbot PTO was pleased to sponsor the presentation, which challenged the students to figure out a variety of science and math questions.  See how many of the following you know and if you get stuck, ask a third grader.
  • Why do owls need to turn their heads nearly upside down and nearly all the way around?
  • How do bald eagles hold onto slippery fish?
  • What is louder, an owl wing or a vulture feather and why?
  • Why is a bald eagle called "bald"?
  • How many bones are there in an owl's neck?
  • What is an owl scat?
  • How does an owl hear so well without visible ears?
  • What can humans do with their eyes that owls can't? (Two possible answers here.)
  • If an animal active during the night is called nocturnal, what is an animal active during the day called?
All the birds used in the presentation were rescued and rehabilitated after being injured. The Barned Owl, for example, had been hit by a car and can no longer live in the wild because of his traumatic brain injury.

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