Great Horned Owl

  • Great horned owl

Chinati is located in the Chihuahuan Desert, which is home to an abundance of fascinating mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects. One of Chinati’s most commonly observed inhabitants is a great horned owl who nests every year on the roof of the museum building that houses artwork by the artist Donald Judd. This year she arrived in early February. Great horned owls generally nest in late winter, laying up to five eggs. Once the owlets are born, the mother and father owls will hunt mammals, small reptiles and birds to feed their young for several months. These owls get their name from the feathers on top of their heads that resemble horns. Though their ears are hidden by feathers, great horned owls have incredible hearing that helps them to hunt, mostly at night, and they have the ability to fly silently. The owl at Chinati has several growing chicks in her nest and we hope to see the young owls start to fly any day now.

In honor of Chinati’s great horned owl, today we encourage you to imagine and draw a fabulous nest for a bird! Where is the nest located? What is it made from? What kind of bird lives in it? Can you build an actual nest based on your drawing?