Wanna know what an owl eats?
Come on over for some science and treats!
There’s nothing gross to be done.
Just a chance to have some fun.
This was the evite to our fun little science get together we had this week.
We had 100 (actually 14+our 3) kiddos over for a fun (and little gross) party (not really a “party” but a fun time)
The kiddos dissected owl pellets.
Owls eat mice, rats, bats, young rabbits, birds, lizards, frogs, moths, crickets. Since owls have no teeth, they swallow their food whole and their body’s digestion takes over for a bit. When they feel hungry again they puke up a pellet and then go on the hunt. The pellet often contains an entire skeleton on the previous meal.
I know, it sounds gross. But you know kiddos –animals, puke, treasure hunting. It’s actually a perfect combination. They (the kiddos, not the owls) use toothpicks to separate their pellets and look for bones and stuff. GOOD NEWS! The pellets have been sanitized so this is not an unhealthy project. And we also had some other owl projects the little kiddos could color, cut & paste.
We made some snacks that we thought would be a fun compliment.
If you are looking to buy some owl pellets, this guy has great quality and the best price. Very affordable. This is their “About Us” section on their website:
Hi! My name is Patty Andersen. For those of you who are not familiar with owl pellets, they are fur balls spit out by owls. They contain the skeletal remains of the creature the owl had eaten. Students take them apart, and can study skeletal structures. How am I able to deliver owl pellets at such a low cost? First my husband, Brian Andersen, personally collects them. He is known as “the owl guy” by farmers in four western states. Second, we offer a variety of pellets including secondary owl pellets in bulk quart bags. Brian sorts them to find good quantities of unbroken bones before fumigating.
We are a family owned business and have been working with owl pellets since 1989. It has been our pleasure to serve the scholastic community.
HE thought it was odd to be speaking to someone in Mexico and I thought it was odd that his entire business is gathering owl pellets to sell. 😉