Snowy Owl Invasion!
Tracking an Unusual Migration
From the Series Sandra Markle's Science Discoveries
Late in 2013, snowy owls started showing up in places no one expected to find them—including Florida. What had caused so many of these majestic birds to leave their Arctic home and fly to southern Canada and the United States? Scientists quickly began working to find out. Author Sandra Markle brings together firsthand reports from the scientists involved along with stunning photographs of the owls to explain this rare event, known as an irruption. Follow along as scientists figure out why snowy owls took part in this unusual migration and discover what they learned from the unexpected opportunity to study them up close.
|Interest Level||Grade 4 - Grade 6|
|Reading Level||Grade 5|
|Subject||Animals, Science, STEM, STEM: Life Science/Animals|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Millbrook Press ™, Lerner Digital ™|
|Number of Pages||48|
|Text Type||Narrative Nonfiction|
|BISACS||JNF051150, JNF051100, JNF003030|
|Dimensions||10.625 x 8.875|
|Guided Reading Level||W|
|ATOS Reading Level||6.6|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||193858|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||1.0|
|Features||Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Maps, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, Teaching Guides, and eSource|
- NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books
- Children’s Book Committee at the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature Best Children’s Books of the Year
- Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Books of the Year
Kiss the Book
The winter of 2013-2014 brought an unprecedented number of snowy owls to the United States. Normally these birds stay all year in the Arctic. Scientists took advantage of the flocks by banding many and attaching transmitters to others in order to study the flight patterns – research that they have not been able to conducted previously.
Because the banding happened so recently, scientists are just beginning to use the data they have been collecting. Because if this, there really isn’t a section about the uses for the research or things that the general populous should be aware of. In that regard, this book is a little less useful than Markle’s other books. Don’t get me wrong – the bandings and transmitter part is cool, just not what I normally expect. And the photographs – top notch!
School Library Journal
“[I]nterviews and accompanying photographs set the book apart and bring the story to life. The writing is easy to understand and never boring. . . . An excellent purchase for STEM collections.”—starred, School Library Journal
“A solid pick for aspiring biologists and techno fans alike.”—Booklist
“Markle introduces the birds, the lemmings, and the science in lively, clear prose organized into chapters profusely illustrated with well-captioned photographs.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews
Author: Sandra Markle
Sandra Markle is the author of numerous award-winning books for children. A former elementary science teacher, she is a nationally-known science education consultant. Markle has received many honors for her series Animal Predators, Animal Scavengers, and Animal Prey. Several titles have been named as National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)/Children’s Book Council (CBC) Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, and Animal Predators was honored as a Top 10 Youth Nonfiction Series by Booklist. Markle is also the author of the Insect World series and several single titles. Her book Rescues! was named a Best Book by the Society of School Librarians International and a Recommended Title of Outstanding Nonfiction by the National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) Orbis Pictus Award committee; Animal Heroes was named a 2008 Lasting Connections title by Book Links. Markle lives in Lakewood Ranch, Florida with her husband, photographer Skip Jeffery.
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Sandra Markle's Science Discoveries
Join award-winning science author Sandra Markle as she sheds light on some of the most fascinating scientific investigations in the animal kingdom. Solve real-life science mysteries alongside the teams of scientists dedicated to saving vanishing species or discovering new ones. And see… View available downloads →