Friday, February 3, 2012

Dissecting Owl Pellets

This was a gory-cool project that we did with friends. You start with an owl pellet, which is basically an owl hair ball that the bird coughs up after devouring its prey whole. It is about an inch or so long, oval shaped, and black. You carefully break it in two, then separate it further, sorting the fur from the bones.

We got LOTS of skulls and other bones and then worked to identify them. Looks like most were from pocket gophers or voles. The bones were fragile and the process was fascinating. This is right up G's alley; the girl is full of curiosity!

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