When it comes to mysterious and slightly spooky creatures, owls top the list. From their huge, all-seeing eyes and swiveling heads to their ability to swoop in silently on their prey, owls exude a sense of mystery.
Owling: Enter the World of the Mysterious Birds of the Night (Storey Publishing) is packed with stunning facts and photos. For your chance to win this book in our random drawing, submit a comment to this blog by Thursday, November 14, and let us know which of these fun owl facts (all from the book) that you’ll be sharing with your young scientists:
- Owls have one toe that can swing from the back to the front to better secure prey.
- Owls’ eyes appear to glow red when you shine a light on them at night; that’s a reflection of the light hitting the blood vessels at the back of the eyes.
- Owls don’t actually turn their heads in a complete circle. However they can turn their heads 200 degrees in each direction to see all the way around (with even a little overlap).
Fascinating! Plus here are some other fun and free things I’ve found fascinating this week:
Did I mention that the cover of Owling: Enter the World of the Mysterious Birds of the Night glows in the dark? You know you want it; add your comment right now! Congratulations to Freda Stoelting, our lucky winner!
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