Snowy Owls: A Bird From the Arctic
By: Roberta Kane
- Snowy Owls swallow their food whole.
- They are dependent on the lemming population. When lemmings are scarce, so are snowy owls.
- They are one of the largest species of owls in North America.
- Snowy Owls build their nests on the ground. They will pretend they are hurt to lure predators away from their nests.
- Snowy Owls are diurnal. They hunt both in the daytime and at night.
Habitat: tundra, meadows, marshes and dunes,
Survival in the Arctic
Snowy Owls can survive in the arctic because they have:
- thick feathers
- feathers on their legs and toes
- strong feet and their claws are curved
- sharp claws to catch and hold on to prey
- very good eye sight
- knowledge to fly south when they run out of food
Snowy Owls as prey: The animals that eat and hunt Snowy Owls are falcons, foxes, wolves and dogs. One of the greatest threats to snowy owls is humans who hunt them for food and trophies.
My 3-d models of a SNOWY OWL
2-2: The student will demonstrate an understanding of the needs and characteristics of animals as they interact in their own distinct environments. (Life Science)
2-2.1 Recall the basic needs of animals (including air, water, food, and shelter) for energy, growth, and protection.
2-2.2 Classify animals (including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects) according to their physical characteristics.
2-2.3 Explain how distinct environments throughout the world support the life of different types of animals.
2-2.4 Summarize the interdependence between animals and plants as sources of food and shelter.