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Kids in the Creek Corner

CHLP is happy to once again bring you educational emails in addition to our regular monthly newsletters. This month, it's all about owls! 
Check out the snippet on some of our local feathered friends and activities for your owlets that's sure to be a hoot!

Artful Owlets (Contest)

Try one of these activities with your owlets and share their masterpieces with CHLP for a chance to win a $10 giftcard!

1. Pick one of these activities:
2. Email pictures of entries to CHLP by midnight June 7 to be entered in the drawing. (comm@cherryhillslandpreserve.org)
 
3. Please include your child(ren)'s first name(s) with their corresponding entry.
 
4. View entries on our Instagram or Facebook pages - be sure to "like" your favorites!
 
5. CHLP will contact winners via email.
**By entering, you agree to entries being shared on CHLP social media with your child's first name**

Hoo's in the trees by Quincy Farm?

Two Great Horned Owls! This pair is often heard calling to each other at night - do you know what sounds they make? What about the other owls often found around the Village, like barn owls? Try going owling with your owlets some evening your neighborhood to hoo-hoo with owls passing by - you might even see fledglings learning to fly! In the meantime, here are some interesting Great Horned Owl facts:
  • "Tiger owl" - nickname for these owls as they are powerful hunters seeking prey as varied as rabbits, hawks, snakes, skunks and even porcupines (often with fatal results for both prey and predator). They hunt mostly at night, watching from a high perch, swooping down to capture prey in their talons.
  • Females usually lay 2 to 3 eggs and both parents take part in providing food for young owls.
  • Young may leave the nest and climb on nearby branches at 5 weeks old and can fly at about 9-10 weeks old; however, they are tended and fed by parents for up to several months.
  • Baby owls are called “fledglings” and might be flying from the nest about now or already out. The “teenagers” typically hang out in nearby trees through their first summer, before flying off to find their own territories. 
  • They begin nesting very early in the late winter, possibly so that their young will have time to learn hunting skills before the next winter begins.

Owl Moon

Have you ever read Owl Moon by Jane Yolen to your owlets? It's an adorable story of a father taking his daughter out owling one winter night...

If you want to hear the story before going out and finding the book (it's available at all major book retailers), you can find a reading of it here!
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