On December 14, Ms. Corrine, from the BLM, brought Archimedes, the Great Horned Owl, to our classroom. It was so amazing to see such a beautiful, often camoflaged, bird so close up. We noticed right away that he was missing an eye and Ms. Corrine told us it was because he had been hit by a car. He has beautiful feathers and we learned that the long feathers that we've often thought of as "ear tufts" are actually called plumicorns! It's our vocab word this week, we liked it so much! Ms. Corrine talked to us about how owls are raptors or birds of prey and that they have a lot of special adaptations to help them be camoflaged and hunt. We got to look closely at feathers to see how owl feathers are different than hawk feathers. Here are a few pictures Ms. Ally took! (and we have no idea why they show up upside down here :( ..