Thursday, June 3, 2010

Native Animals: A Skunk and a Barred Owl!

Today Miss C. was back with more interesting local animals!

If you want to learn more about animals, visit Mrs. Yollis' website. There are animal track links and more on the site.

Here is a great video of a barred owl hooting!

What facts can you share about skunks or owls?

Have you ever seen animal tracks?


  1. Dear Mrs Yollis class,

    Gosh, I cannot believe you had a real skunk and an owl visit you!

    I hope Punk didn't let off his odor did he?? I wouldn't want to get too close to those sharp teeth. Punk must be a carnivore (meat eater) or perhaps an omnivore (meat/plant eater)?

    Thank your for sharing your visit with us. It is interesting to learn about native animals.

    We have also been learning about animal tracks because the Aboriginal people use them when hunting. There are also many animal tracks in Aboriginal paintings.

    Great learning as always, class! Keep it up.

    Your friend,
    Miss McGeady

  2. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,
    I like the way you got up close to the skunk and the owl. Did you get to pat the skunk and the owl? I did some reaseach about skunks. Skunks have tiny eyes and ears and they can`t see that very well. Also did you know skunks spray their spary up to 4 to 7 meters to protect themselves
    I really enjoyed learning about the barn owl and the skunk
    Best Wishes Bianca.
    PS I learnt alot

  3. Dear Mrs Yollis and students,
    it appears you all have had a wonderful time getting up close with a lot of the native animals.
    I must say this post was rather lovely cause I do like owls as they tend to look like they have very flat faces with those huge eyes. However in saying that they are really very beautiful birds.
    How cool been able to get even closer to a skunk and from what I could see in your slide show Punk the shunk enjoy meeting you guys too. I just never realised just how sharp skunks teeth could be.
    When I lived in the Snowy mountains I did see some animal tracks which were made by wild dogs. We tended to have a problem with wild dogs in the high country as they did more harm than good.
    Great work once again from your friend down under AA.

  4. @ Miss McGeady,

    Yes, we had a skunk in our room! No, Punk the Skunk did not spray us.

    How is that possible?

    We are just so pleasant, the skunk didn't want us to move away from him! :-)

    Okay, the real truth is...Punk had his scent gland removed. He might look like he is going to spray, but he cannot.

    We have been learning so much from this program! There are six more animals still to go!

    @ Bianca,

    You always impress me! I love how you researched facts about skunks and then shared the information with us! We're lucky to have you be a part of our blog! :-)

    No, we did not get to touch either the skunk or the owl. Miss C. said that the owl prefers to have distance and the skunk might bite us. We did get to touch the salamander the other day.

    Luckily, the skunk had his scent gland removed or he probably would have sprayed us! P.U.!

    @ AA,

    Thank again for being such a great commenter!

    I love owls too! We can hear a great horned owl sometimes in the trees near our house. That hoot sounds so lovely at night!

    What kind of harm do the wild dogs cause? Are they called dingoes?

    Thanks again for you support!

    Mrs. Yollis

  5. Dear Mrs.Yollis,

    I feel sad for all of these animals because all of the animals she brings are hurt. I was amazed that the skunk stayed alive when he was almost dead. I thought it was funny because the wildife expirence told us that the owl molted in Mr. Detamore's class. Gal, Tanner, Jacob, and I investigated and a feather fell when we were under a roof and there was only a very very small hole it fell from.

    Did you have fun? Which was your favorite animal?


  6. @ Mrs Yollis,
    we don`t have horned owls here but I reckon the hoot sound of the horned owl would be a nice way to end the
    day as night time arrives.
    What a great question about the wild dogs you asked me Mrs Yollis.
    These wild dogs are a cross between dingoes and dosmestic dogs.
    When I lived in the Snowy Mountains I would see first hand the way they would attack animals. Wild dogs would prey on domestic pets,poultry,calves,sheeps and goats and this can all happen in one night alone.
    My father and other farms in the area strongily campaigned to the government to try to have those wild dog removed to a point, he even went on national T.V but to this day still not much has been done. The trouble with these wild dogs they don`t stop at one animal they tend to what to attack the whole lot so farmers are still losing a great number of farm animals each night to these wild dogs.
    Thankyou for letting be part of your blog from your friend down under AA.

  7. @ AA,

    Thanks for the information about the dogs. I had no idea! Sounds like the problem is getting worse. :-(

    I just added a great video to this post that one of my teacher friends found. It is of a barred owl hooting in the wild. Check it out! I hope you can see it because it is on YouTube.


    Mrs. Yollis

  8. Dear Mrs Yollis class,

    What a great experience you had! Just seeing those animals alive looks like it's fun and on the other hand it's scary too.
    I don't like to get close to animals but I like to know about their life cycles.

    Skunks have a very interesting life cycle.

    Kayla told me that the only way they know what they look like is by looking at their mother, and since Ms. C. had the skunk since it was a baby, the skunk thinks it looks like Ms. C. Did you know,they are born blind early in May and they follow their mother until late June or July?


    (Kayla's mom)

  9. @ Mrs Yollis,
    Bianca and I have just watched the barred owl and just loved it. They are just beautiful birds especially when we watched them in the wild and making their hooting sound.
    From your friends Bianca & AA.
    PS What a wonderful place to have a pinic and to be able to watch them fly though the forest bye Bianca.

  10. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I thought that the barred owl was pretty because the colors of its feathers really go together, and they're both my favorite colors. What did you like about the barred owl?

    Aliyah :)

  11. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I really like your post! I did not see the first video but I did see the Barred Owl sounds. The sounds were strange to me. Barred Owl lives in trees. What was your favorite video that you made in this post?

    Your frfiend,


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