Pursuing Excellence for Tomorrows Challenges
Mrs. Williams' 5th grade science students spent several days dissecting and collecting data from owl pellets. An owl doesn't have teeth, so it swallows its prey whole. The parts of the animal that can't be digested (bones, feathers, etc) are packed together into a pellet. The owl then regurgitates the pellet. Students separated the bones, feathers, etc. that they found in the pellets and then identified what the owl had been eating. This data is used to monitor the health of an owl's ecosystem.