Owl Pellets

Owls!

In today’s lesson, students learned about the wonderful world of owls! Students discussed the digestive adaptations of owls and anacondas, and compared them to humans. They learned that when owls eat their prey, they swallow the whole body instead of chewing it like we do, because they have no teeth. The nutritious parts of their catch are digested, while the indigestible parts like bones and fur are compressed into a pellet, which is regurgitated by the owl when it is ready to eat again. In our activity, the students had an opportunity to dissect an owl pellet and examine the bones and fur inside. Students were surprised at how thin and delicate the animal bones were, and had to work carefully to clean them without damage. Students were able to identify what prey animals the skulls they found belonged to by comparing their characteristics to a skull identification chart. They also identified other bones in their pellet by matching them to a skeleton chart. Ask your student what kind of prey their owl had that day! Lesson Extension: Want to dissect an owl pellet for yourself? You can perform a virtual dissection by going here: http://kidwings.com/virtual-pellet/

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