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Individual Owl Pellet Study

Kit #37-I
Individual Owl Pellet Study

Designed specifically for one student, this kit contains materials for determining the contents of owl pellets. Instructions include descriptions and illustrations of prey animals, including their skulls. A student uses the basic skeletal diagram to determine where bones found in the pellets are located in the actual structure of a prey mammal. The student glues the bones to this card making a permanent mount. Owl pellets collected from a single region, sterilized, and individually wrapped.

Details at a Glance

  • 1-2 Days | 1-2 ~50 minute class periods
  • 1 Activity
  • Accommodates 1 class, with 1 group of 1 students
  • Consumables service 1 students
  • Meets our criteria for supporting literacy

Complete Kit Equipment Package

Individual Owl Pellet Study

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Scientific Concepts

•What owls eat can be determined by collecting owl pellets.
•Relative populations of prey animals can be estimated by dissecting owl pellets.
•Food webs show relationships between predators and prey.
Key Vocabulary: food web, owl pellet, predator, prey

Guides & Student Sheets

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  • Full downloadable Teacher Guide with background information, detailed instruction, example data and answers
  • Downloadable Student Sheets with age appropriate background information, full procedure(s), and analysis questions
  • All materials necessary to carry out the investigation
  • Safety Data Sheets

Kit Components

  • 1 Student Guide
  • 2 Large owl pellets
  • 2 Probes with point, wood
  • 1 Skeletal diagram card
  • 1 Magnifier

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