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Raptor Trunk

OspreyOsprey are master anglers. They have rough, bumpy feet - the better to hold onto slippery fish!

The Raptor Trunk is jam packed full of information about raptors. While not all raptors are included in the trunk, you will find hands on activities, props, games, mounts and activities to use in a classroom setting. Use owl pellets to discuss food webs, compare and contrast hawk and owl wings to find the secrets of silent flight, or find out how you "measure up" to an Osprey or Eagle.

Trunk Topics

  • What is a raptor?
  • Owls
  • Eagles
  • Osprey
  • Migration

Reveal Nature's Raptors Binder

  • Focus on Owl Adaptations
  • Raptors – Diurnal and Nocturnal Birds of Prey
  • Guide to Identification of Midwest Raptors
  • Northern Saw-whet Owl and Other Northern Forest Owls of Michigan – Species Specific Owl Descriptions
    • Owl Adaptations
    • Owl Pellets
    • Owl Reproduction
    • Nest Box Plans for Northern Saw-whet Owls
    • A Teacher’s Guide to Barn Owls and Their Pellets
    • The study of raptors with Owl Pellets
    • Owl Pellet Kit – Teachers Guide
    • Owl Pellet Exploration (Owl Pellet Worksheet)
  • Owl, Hawk, and Falcon Information from John Eastman’s Bird Books
    • Eastern-Screech Owl
    • Great Horned Owl
    • Snowy Owl
    • Short-Eared Owl
    • Sharp-Shinned Hawk
    • Red-Tailed Hawk
    • Turkey Vulture
    • Osprey
    • Bald Eagle
    • Northern Harrier
    • American Kestrel
    • Peregrine Falcon
  • Information on Michigan Eagles
    • Gliding Posture in Golden and Bald Eagles
    • Eagle Exercises (Finger Puppet and Compose a Poem)
  • What is a Bird of Prey?
  • Connect the Dots
  • Crosswords
  • Eagle Cards
  • Bald Eagle Behavior – Activities in Field Observation
  • Food Mobile
  • Rules of the Skies
  • Fun quiz about birds of prey
  • Birds of Prey Basics
  • Hawk and Owl Specimen Worksheet
  • Fact Sheet: Table of Contents
  • Fact Sheets
  • Hand-Drawn Michigan Map
  • Hawks – What they Look like in the Air
  • A Field Guide for Hawks seen in the Northeast
  • What is a Raptor?
    • Bale Eagle
    • Peregrine Falcon
    • Northern Spotted Owl
    • Red-Tailed Hawk
    • American Robin
  • Postcards with photos of twelve raptors
  • Birds of Prey Test
  • Paper Airplane Designs
  • Try it yourself! Activities… Understand the way Eagle wings work
  • You are What you Eat
  • How you Measure
  • Dilemmas: What would you do?
  • Nest Box Plans for America Kestrel, Eastern Screech Owl, and Northern Saw-whet Owl
  • Refuges, Flyways and Migratory Waterfowl
  • Migration of Birds of Prey
  • The Bald Eagle – Our National Emblem
  • Michigan Ospreys
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Save a Snag for Wildlife
  • The Raptor Center Fast Facts – What can I do about hawks preying on songbirds at my feeder?
  • Get the Lead Out!
  • Migration of Birds
    • Waterfowl Flyways of North America.
    • How fast birds migrated.
    • Where birds migrate.
    • Why birds migrate.

Included in the trunk

  • Peterson Field Guide to Hawks 
  • National Geographic Field Guides (2)
  • Owls for Kids (4)
  • Eagles for Kids (4)
  • Wise as an Owl 
  • Hunters of the Sky 
  • Birds of Prey Coloring Book 
  • Owls on Silent Wings 
  • A Home for Pearl 
  • Zoo Book: Eagles 
  • Zoo Book: Birds of Prey 
  • Welcome to the world of Eagles 
  • Seney NWR – It’s Story 
  • Owls of North America 
  • Hawks from Every Angle 
  • Egg to Bird 
  • Owls 
  • Reveal Natures Raptors 
  • Owl Pellet Display Case
  • Silhouettes – Accipiter, Falcon, Harrier, Eagle, Vulture, Buteo
  • Tennis Balls
  • Raptor Kite
  • Bird Bands
  • Dilemmas: What would you do?
Owl Pellets
  • Owl Pellets
  • Forceps
  • Magnifying Lens
  • Vole Stick Sheet
  • Bone Sorting Cards
  • Owl Pellet ID Sheets
  • Barred Owl Wing
  • Two Hawk Wings
  • One Hawk Tail
  • Macaw Feather
  • Bald Eagle Skull
  • Red-tailed Hawk Skull
  • Great Horned Owl Skull
  • Barred Owl Skull
  • Raptor Egg Replicas
  • Barn Owl
  • Screech Owl
  • Great Gray Owl
  • Vole Anatomy
  • Bone Sorting Chart
  • Raptors
  • Owl Pellet Bone Chart ID
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
“How you Measure Up” – Cut-outs
  • Osprey
  • Eagle
  • A Home for Pearl
  • Barn Owls and Their Pellets
  • Owls - Nighttime Keepers of the Northern Forest
  • Thayer Birding Software: Hawks, Eagles, and Owls


Page Photo Credits — Osprey - John W. Hysell/2012 Photo Contest, 3rd Place Wildlife Category
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2014
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