Northern Pygmy Owl

By: Trinity Anson And Abby Scamardella

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Summary by Trinity.

Pages 35 and 36 in the book of North American owls ,Chapter 5 informs us on how owls are being injured and how we can help them. 50% of all owls die in their first year of life. We need to change 50% to 20 - 30%. Humans are one of two enemies of owls. Because of humans owls now live longer in zoos than in their natural habitat.

Summary by Abby

Pages 37 and 38 from The Book of North American Owls by Clarion Books tells how owls have been killed but are now being used to help us. In the past, owls have been difficult to study, due to their nocturnal habits and incredible camouflage, but night-vision goggles have been a gigantic help to scientists everywhere. Farmers used to think owls hurt their crops, but they have recently realized that owls consume rats and other rodents that might hurt their crops. Since the discovery, Congress has passed laws saying that it is now illegal to kill any owl, and anyone who does will have a heavy fine to deal with. The Book of North American Owls said that the best way to help owls is to educate people about proper pesticide use, for if people use it incorrectly, the result might be that the owls would die, and maybe even go extinct. A group of teenagers from rural sections of Oklahoma built small "houses" for barn owls to live in. That is the summary of pages 37 and 38 from The Book of North American Owls.

Glossary

Altitudes: the height of anything above a given planetary reference plane
Ex.
If a piece of land is 200 feet above sea level, then that is its altitude.
Extinct: no longer exists; that has ended or died out
Ex. Dinosaurs are extinct, because there are no more living on earth
Ignorance: lack of knowledge, learning, information
Ex. Her answers to the teacher's questions were so wrong, they showed her ignorance regarding the study material.
Solitary: alone, without companions, unattended
Ex.
The solitary goldfish was the only one swimming in the fish bowl.
Competent:
having suitable or sufficient skill, knowledge, experience, etc.
Ex.
To get a good job, you must be a competent and hard worker
Preserve: to keep safe from harm or injury; protect or spare
Ex. We need to preserve owls' natural habitats, or they might become extinct.
DDT: chemical used as an insecticide that can cause harm to owls
Ex. One of the insecticides you used to use might have contained DDT in it.
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ABOVE IS A MAP OF THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, AND MEXICO. THE HIGHLIGHTED PINK REGIONS ARE THE PERMANENT RESIDENTS OF THE NORTHERN PIGMY OWL.