Northern Owls

Fix your gaze on these mystical birds of prey!

This exhibition provides an experience of owls; creatures that are active at night and secretive during the day. Eleven beautifully mounted owl specimens are featured in small settings suggestive of their northern natural habitats. Each display focuses on fascinating and less well-known aspects of owl behaviour, biology and lifestyle. For example, when the small animals they hunt are plentiful, some owls store their frozen bodies to eat later. You’ll probably never guess how they do it, but the exhibition will tell you that and many more interesting owl stories!

The exhibition includes the following specimens: Eastern Screech Owls, Short-eared Owl, Long-eared Owl, Northern Hask Owl, Great Horned Owl, Boreal Owl, Barred Owl, Snowy Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl and the Great Gray Owl.

Topics covered

  • Feathers
  • Hunters by Nature
  • The Ultimate Northern Owl
Grade Curriculum Relevance



Grade 1

Life Systems: Characteristics and Needs of Living Things

Grade 2

Life Systems: Growth and Changes in Animals

Grade 4

Life Systems: Habitats and Communities

Grade 6

Life Systems: Diversity of Living Things

Grade 7

Life Systems: Interactions Within Ecosystems

Grade 9-10


Grade 11-12


Grade 12



  • 5 display cases on wheels 80 x 202 x 79 cm (31.25 x 79.5 x 31 in)
  • Crate 80 x 202 x 79 cm (31.25 x 79.5 x 31 in) containing free-standing interpretive panels 183 x 21 x 3 cm (72 x 8 x 1 in)
  • Audio "Owl Calls" located within one case (110 volt power source required)

Space required: 47 square metres (500 square feet)

Weight: 781 kg (1,721 lbs)

Supplementary materials: Exhibition/installation manual, bibliography, suggested resources for public programs

Booking period: 8 weeks

Fee for 2014 rentals: $750 plus shipping costs