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Naturalist Notebook 

October 12, 2011

Spotlight On…

Check out this week’s featured specimen!



(Pictured below, really close up!)



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Photo: N. Sincero 2011



Can you guess what it is?



Here are some hints:

  • This animal is generally monogamous.
  • This animal mainly eats rodents, primarily voles.



Leave us a comment with your answer! Then come see us in the Classroom on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2:30 pm for Science Story Adventures to see if you’re right. Science Story Adventures is our program for children ages 4 – 8 and their caregivers. In the program, we explore the natural world through stories, specimens, games and crafts.


Filed under: Spotlight On... — nature @ 7:00 am

8 Comments »

  1. Is this some type of owl?

    C. Reeder

    Comment by Courtney Reeder — October 12, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

  2. I think it’s a raptor; an owl, eagle, hawk, etc.

    Comment by C.Ray — October 12, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

  3. barn owl

    Comment by Lorraine S. — October 12, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

  4. It is an Eagle.

    Comment by Julia Eagles — October 12, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

  5. I’m guessing it’s a fox.

    Comment by Stefan Amshey — October 12, 2011 @ 2:45 pm

  6. Is it a short eared owl?

    Comment by Lilja Karadottir-Wells — October 12, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

  7. male barn owl

    Comment by Steph Spencer — October 12, 2011 @ 3:55 pm

  8. Thanks everyone for their excellent guesses! As several of you thought, the specimen was a barn owl (Tyto alba). To learn more about barn owls, check out these websites:

    We’ll have another “Spotlight On” soon, but in the meantime, see if you can tell us who pooped.

    Comment by nature — October 16, 2011 @ 4:21 pm

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