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Dissecting Owl Pellets

Suggested Grades

5+ (although, I do know of a grade two class that did this)


Students will examine owl pellets and what their diet consisted of, specifically rodents. This will further their understanding of simple food chains as well as bone structure and identification.




Be sure to get your owl pellets from a reputable source (ie. not from a farm), since there is a danger of Hanta Virus in owl pellets. As an extra precaution, provide students with masks and latex gloves.

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