The Topic: 
Creatures of the Night

Easier - Many creatures are seldom seen by people because they rest or sleep in the daytime. These animals, birds, insects, and reptiles move around and feed mainly during the night.
Harder - 'Night creatures' are nocturnal. They sleep during the day and become active at night. Durnal creatures, like we humans, may seldom observe their activities.
Long ago, mammals moved about in darkness in order to escape predators such as dinosaurs. Some developed adaptations such as increased night-vision or hearing that suited their nighttime activities. Today several of the smaller mammals have remained nocturnal, and their predators must also be active at night in order to catch them.
Bat Questions
This site answers the frequently asked questions about bats.
Other Bat Sites:
2) Bats
3) Bats, Bats Everywhere
4) The Bat Cave
5) Bat Conservation International
6) Fun Facts About Bats
Another Bat Relative:
7) Flying Fox (from Kratts' Creatures) 
8) Bat Hangouts
Creatures of the Night and You
This great ThinkQuest Junior site is an exploration into the sights and sounds, truths and fictions of nocturnal and crepuscular creatures. It contains lots of pictures, myths, activities, and more!
Night Creatures of the Kalahari
Are you afraid of the dark? Meet some creatures who aren't on this site that explores the mysterious world of nocturnal animals. 
Owls by 42eXplore
Lots of great links on the topic of owls.
Other 42eXplore Night Creatures:
2) Bats
After visiting several of the 'Creatures of the Night' website, complete one or more of the following activities:
Complete Some Fun Bat Activities. Visit Bat Fun for Kids and Adults!  and select from bat word searches, crossword puzzles, facts, bat projects, and more. Another bat word search is located at Bats. Also, you may try your skills with the Bats: Online Quiz.
Write a Nighttime Story. Pick your favorite nighttime creature and write a short-story about one night in their life. You might find help in selecting your subject at Creatures of the Night and You and Night Creatures of the Kalahari. Illustrate your story with a picture created in KidPix or another graphics program.
Take A Flashlight Safari! Visit Flashlight Safari to read and follow some important guidelines. Before you complete the nighttime excursion, write down what you expect to observe. Describe your predictions in detail. After the adventure, write everything that you saw and heard. Compare your two writings.
Pick Two Night-time Creatures. Identify what things your two creatures have in common. In what ways are they very different. Make a chart that identifies the likes and differences that you find. Compare yourself to your night creatures. Are humans like you adapted for nighttime life? What are your strengths and weaknesses for nighttime activities?
Go On a Creatures of the Night WebQuest. Follow or adapt the procedures found at the following webQuest site. 
1) Night Animals by Anita Lee Hui (Grade 2)
2) Skunks: Sweet or Smelly? WebQuest
Animals of the Night  
Astonishing Armadillo
Learn about this unusual animal.
More armadillo links:
2) Nine-banded Armadillo
3) Armadillos
4) Armadillo
Beaver (Hinterland Who's Who, Canadian Wildlife Service)
Here you can learn all about the beaver including their habits, characteristics, and life history.
Other Sites About Beaver:
2) Beaver: Castor canadensis
3) Beaver
4) Beaver
This website contains interesting facts about this interesting animal.
Other coyote sites:
2) Coyote (Canis latrans)
3) Desert Coyote
4) Coyote
Raccoon: Procyon lotor (California Department of Fish and Game)
More raccoon sites:
2) Raccoon
3) Raccoons
Red Fox
Here you can read about the red fox and view several pictures.
More Fox websites:
2) Red Fox
3) Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)
4) Fennec Fox (Fennecus zerda)
5) Swift fox (Hinterland Who's Who, Canadian Wildlife Service)
6) Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
7) Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus)
Skunks Website at Naturescapes
See the new skunk page at naturescapes. (3 levels of difficulty) 
More Skunk Websites:
1) Skunk Information
2) Mephitis mephitis: Striped Skunk
3) Living with Skunks
4) Skunk
And Some Opossum Links:
4) Opossum
5) Opossum Rescue
6) Possum
7) Living with Opossum
8) Opossum Tracks
Birds of the Night 
The Owl Pages
The Owl has fascinated man from time immemorial and has appeared frequently in mythology and superstition - to some cultures they are symbols of wisdom, while to others they represent malevolent spirits or harbingers of doom and death. Here, the Owl Pages attempts to shed some light on these mysterious creatures of the night.
More Links for Owls:
2) Owls of North America
3) Great Horned Owl
4) Jennifer's Owl Page
Insects of the Night
Moths of North America 
(Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey)
Here you can find distribution maps, photos of adults and caterpillars, information about characteristics, habitat, food and much more.
Other Moth Sites:
2) Cecropia Moth - Life Cycle
3) Identification of Major Families of Moths
The Firefly Files
This site contains information about Lightning Bug biology. You will find answers to your questions about this amazing bioluminescent insect, references for further study, and activities for both kids and adults.
Other firefly websites:
2) Fireflies
3) Learning the Secrets of Fireflies
Our Third Grade Bat Pages
Pages about bat books, pictures drawn, and stories written.
Bats in South Dakota
Information and pictures by kids in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Teacher - Lesson Idea Sites
Nocturnal Animals WebQuest
Research a nocturnal animal and design a brochure about this animal.
Skunks: Sweet or Smelly? WebQuest
New Webquest at Naturescapes on skunks.
After Dark Friends
Here is a brief art & science lesson plan that asks Grade 3-4 students to gather information regarding nocturnal creatures such as owls, raccoons, opossum, or bats, and to share it in class.
Bats: Creatures of the Night by Marcie Claeys
This plan was developed to be a two week thematic unit on bats. It incorporates a combination of science discovery centers, small group activities, and whole group discussions.
Creatures in the Dark
This is a lesson for grades 4-6 on night creatures.
Goin' Batty
Learn about the myths of these amazing creatures as well as activities links.
Other Bat Lesson Plans:
2) "Bats" Lesson Plans Outline (Grade K -1)
3) Bats: Creatures of the Night (Grade 2)
4) Going Batty (Grade 3)
5) Going Batty (Kindergarten)
6) Stella Luna Bat Quest
Owl Prowl: About This Project
Every participating class will research an owl in their environment. If there are no owls in the area, the class may choose an owl that they would like to study. Students will write reports, draw pictures, poems, and stories about owls. Projects are submitted to the Owl Prowl site.
Great Horned Owl WebQuest
You are to work in teams as reporters investigating the Great Horned Owl.

lightning bug
night vision

Created by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson, 1/99. Updated, 4/00. Update by Nancy Smith 7/02