Joanna Powers, Alcuin Outdoor Education, visited students in Ms. Kavita Dassanayake’s Lower El class to help them dissect owl pellets.
Barn Owls are unable to digest the fur and bone of their prey, which they usually swallow whole. The indigestible parts are regurgitated (coughed up through the beak) in the form of an owl pellet. Pellets often contain the remains of 4 or 5 small mammals. Ms. Powers explained to the students that pellet dissection can tell you exactly what an owl has eaten.