I think that the owls should be allowed to stay.  What references in the book back up my theory?I think that the owls should be allowed to stay.  What references in the book back up my theory?

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marilynn07 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Hoot is a book about environmental heroism.

The Pancake House chain is developing illegally because they never got the required permit to build since the owls had nesting sites on the property.

Chuck Muckle attempts to "destroy evidence" as he bullies the construction foreman Curley to go ahead with the project. If the construction commenced, the owl nests would be buried and therefore destroyed.

Once the kids, with the help of Roy's father, uncover the lack of construction permits and the photographic evidence of the owls' nests, they were able to bring the construction of the restaurant to a halt.

The burrowing owl is on a list of threatened species and is protected from habitat destruction, poaching, or harassment.  While some people may not think a bird should be protected, all species on the planet inhabit a particular niche and perform specific functions in their habitat.  If the habitat becomes uninhabitable for a variety of wildlife, how long before the planet is uninhabitable for the human animal?

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
I agree that the book is designed to make activism by young people seem fun and attractive. A lot of the events in the book are related to and based on real facts. As development grows, there are fewer and fewer places for wild animals to go. You can begin your search for information about owls on the web. Enotes will give you some leads, and you can also find the web sites of activist groups.