Western screech owl

This photograph was taken in our carport just outside the Tucson city limits.

Desert Duets: Western Screech Owl Activity Web Page

What would it be like to go owling in the Sonoran Desert? Read the book Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr. Develop a story based on facts about the Western screech owl and their Sonoran Desert habitat.

Brainstorm your ideas for the story on this category matrix.

Time of year and weather conditions  
Time of day  
Geography of the place  
Characters (human)  
Other animals one might encounter  

Note: Include this Western screech owl fact in your story: These owls often respond to an imitation of their call.

Use a story map to outline your story. You can find a story map organizer on the ReadWriteThink.org Web site.

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Launched: February 2008
Updated: 13 September 2008