Cam in the Classroom: Top Ten Reasons to Be a Barred Owl

Why would YOU want to be a Barred Owl? 

Some of our Arizona-based "Cam in the Classroom" students recently came up with their top ten reasons why they'd like to be a Barred Owl. Last fall, Mrs. Matheson’s fifth-grade class adopted Gus, the Wildlife Center's education Barred Owl, through our Caring for Critters program.    Mrs. Matheson has taken Gus's education ambassador role to a new level by incorporating him into writing assignments, math lessons and quizzes, science lessons, and more.   Many of these assignments are showcased on our wildlife lesson plan ideas.

For the "Top Ten" lists, Mrs. Matheson charged her students to come up with ten facts about Barred Owls and then rank them from least to most important -- in their opinions. Here's what the students came up with!

Top Ten Reasons I Want To Be A Barred Owl

 

Areli

10. If I get injured in Virginia I go to the WCV.

9. I fly silently.

8. I can go whereever  I want to go.

7. My length would be 17-24 inches.

6. My weight would be 0.7 - 1.1 pounds.

5. My wingspan would be 38 – 45.

4. My lifespan would be 10 – 15 years.

3. My knees would be high on my body.

2. I love to be a BARRED OWL.

And the number one reason is I would steal other birds’ nests so I don’t have to build my own.

 

Asia

10. I’m lazy and steal other birds nest.

9. My knees would be high on my body.

8. I can eat small mammals.

7. I can’t brush my teeth.

6. I would be called a “rainstorm owl” because I would hunt before a rainstorm.

5. I would lay 2-3 white eggs.

4. I would live by lakes swamps and streams.

3. My wing spam would be 38-45 inches.

2. My life spam 10-15 years in the wild.

And the 1 reason I want to be a barred owl is I could fly silently.

 

Desiree

10. I would hunt at night in a high perch and look and listen for prey.

9. I like to live by forested areas, swamps and riparian areas.

8. I can fly silently.

7. I would like small mammals, rabbits, birds, amphibian, raptiles, and invertebrates.

6. My belly feathers are pink because I eat a lot of crayfish.

5. I will steal another bird’s nest so I don’t have to build my own.

4. My knees would be high on my body.

3. I would lay 2-3 white eggs.

2. I would be mostly gray-brown in color, I would have a brown pattern on my chest and belly.

And the number one reason I want to be a barred owl is I can fly any time I want - night or day.

 

Andrew

10. I eat mice

9. I steal nests

8. I can hoot

7. I can have a diet

6. I can play pranks in air

5. Fly high

4. Rain storm owl

3. I have camouflage

2. I can peck

And the number one reason I want to be a barred is that I can have high knees.

 

Deyvi

10. My knees are high on my body.

9. I will steal another bird’s nest so I don’t have to build my own nest.

8. I can hunt for mice really silently.

7. I like to eat mice or rats.

6. I like flying silently in the forest.

5. I like saying “who cooks for you who cooks for you all.”

4. I would be called Misty or Gus.

3. I like to see stuff at night.

2. I like to have feathers all over me.

AND THE NUMBER ONE REASON I WANT TO BE A BARRED OWL is because I could live at the Wildlife Center of Virginia and I could see Ms. Amanda.

 

Edgar

10. My knees would be high on my body.

9. I would move to the WCV.

8. I would or might be drawn by a girl.

7. I would not need to feed my self.

6. I would be the star of a 5th grade class.

5. I can fly high in the sky.

4. I would not need to build a nest.

3. I might have a friend named misty or Gus.

2. I would not need to pay for my meal.

And the number one reason I want to be a barred is I would beloved by a 5th grade class.

 

Genesis

10: My knees would be high on my body.

9: I would steal other birds nest because I don’t want to build my own.

8: I can fly silently.

7: I would be called a rainstorm owl because we hunt be a rainstorm.

6: My wing span is 38-45 inches.

5: My proper name is Strix Varia.

4: I can live up to 10-15 in the wild.

3: I can hunt for prey.

2: My weight is 7-1.1 pounds.

And my number one reason is I’m awesome and a star.

 

Giselle

10. My knees would be high on my body.

9. I would be a lazy owl so I don’t have to make my own nest   (so I would steal other nests)           

9. I would fly silently.                

8. I would like to be getting nice big mice.                        

7. I would like to stand by the WCV.                               

6. I would love to have many friends like misty and Gus.                                      

5. I would love to hunt all the time.                                             

4. I would have dark eyes.                                                      

3. If I eat allot I would have lots of owl pellets.                                                            

2. I would love to have brown and white feathers

AND THE NUMBER ONE REASON I want to be a barred owl is to be famous !

 

Gualberto

10. My knees would be high on my body.

9. I would steal another birds nest so I don`t have to build my own.

8. I can fly silently.

7. I would live in Virginia.

6. I would like to get hurt so I can go to the Wildlife Center.

5.   I would like to try mice if I was an owl.

4. If I was a barred owl I would not have to go to school.

3. If t was a barred owl I was adopted by a 5thgrade class.

2.   I would be at the Gala with Miss Amanda.

And the number one reasons I want to be a barred owl is that I would be at the Wildlife Center with Miss Amanda.

 

Joan

10. I can fly silently in the night sky                         

 9. I`ll have a sharper beak                          

  8. I could steal other owl’s nests and not get in trouble                           

   7. My knees would be high on my body                           

    6. I`ll be fluffy and look fat                            

    5. I can turn my head in a full circle                            

    4. I`ll eat mice from a trashcan                         

       3.   I`ll eat bats for my diet                          

       2. I throw up and people look at what I ate                          

       And the number one reason I want to be a barred owl is that everywhere is my bathroom

 

John

10. I can steal any other owls nest      

9. I can be that owl in the morning that wakes you up            

8.   My bathroom is everywhere               

7. I will be feed lots of mice if I’m like Gustavo                   

6. I can fly to Disney Land anytime I want                        

5. I would like to be a barred owl because my knees are up higher                           

4. I will like to be a barred owl because I can fly and nobody can tell what to do                               

3. I will be adopted by a 5th grade class                                   

2. I can stare at people so they think that I’m gonna attack them                                       

nd the number one reason I want to be a barred owl is that I will be taken care at the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

 

Kayla

10. I could have my knees would be high on my body.

9. I could have big, dark, beautiful eyes.

8. I could be 24 inches tall.

7. I could steel other bird’s nest so I don’t have to build my own.

6. I can fly silently.

5. I could be called Strix Varia.

4. I could have wings as long as 45 inches.

3. I could have feathers to keep me warm when it is cold.

2. I could weigh up to 1.1 pounds.

1. And the number one reason I want to be Barred Owl is that I can almost turn my head all the way around.

 

Marisol

   10. My knees would be high on my body.

9. I would steal other birds’ nest.

8. I would soar in the high sky.

7. I would live in Virginia.

6. I would get to play in the SNOW when it’s winter.

5. I would sleep when you’re awake.

4. I’ll get to see Miss Amanda most every day.

3. I would get to hunt in the dark, dark, dark night.

2. I would eat crayfish so I would have pretty pink feathers.

And the number one reason I want to be a barred owl is that I would get adopted by Mrs. Matheson’s fifth grade class.

 

Nadia

10. I would love to be adopted by a 5th grade class!   

9. I hunt before a rain storm.                   

8. I have a fancy name-like Strix Varia.

7. Barred owls have dark eyes and can see in the dark!   

6.    I can trick people to saying “Who cooks for you.”   

5. I can love to be warm with my feathers.

4. I can live a long period of time!  

3. I can fly silently!  

2. I can see from a high distance! And the number one reason I would want to be an Barred Owl  is I can see Gus!

 

Orlando

10. I would wise.

9. I would have talons on my feet.

8. My eye would be dark.

7. Wouldn’t have any teeth to brush.

6. My feathers would be brown and white.

5. I can fly silently.

4. I would eat delicious mice.

3. I would steal another bird’s nest so I don’t  have build my own.

2. My knees would be high on my body.

And the number one reason I want to be a barred owl is I would be adopted by a fifth grade class and became popular.

Richard

10. I would not steal another birds’ nest so I don’t have to build my own.

9. I will fly silently.

8. I will eat mice, small birds, and other mammals.

7. My wingspan would be about 38-45 inches.

6. Every morning and night I will hunt for food.

5. I can perch in the trees looking for something good to eat.

4. I will find my own house and make it ready for owlets.

3. My feet will have talons.

2. I could get help at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. And the number one reason I want to be a barred owl is that I can hang out with other barred owls.

 

Samantha

8. My knees are high on my leg.

7. I have no teeth.

6. I am wise without having whiskers.

5. My knees would be high on my body.

4. My feathers are brown and white.

3. I would steal another bird’s nest so I don’t have to build a nest.

2. I love to eat juicy, delicious mice.

And the number one reason I want to be a barred is so I can fly silently.