We also learned that the Barn Owl is a very useful creature to have in your barn, handily taking care of many of the critters that eat the grain - mice, voles, etc.
Each child got a pellet of a Barn Owl to dissect. It was so exciting to find the different bones, and skulls were particularly thrilling! We leaned the voles make up most of the owls diet, although we found other types of bones and feathers as well.
Without further ado, here is the poem and a few pictures of the activity:
A Barred Owl
The warping night air having brought the boom
Of an owl’s voice into her darkened room,
We tell the wakened child that all she heard
Was an odd question from a forest bird,
Asking of us, if rightly listened to,
“Who cooks for you?” and then “Who cooks for you?”
Words, which can make our terrors bravely clear,
Can also thus domesticate a fear,
And send a small child back to sleep at night
Not listening for the sound of stealthy flight
Or dreaming of some small thing in a claw
Borne up to some dark branch and eaten raw.