Our subject for nature study this week was owls. We did so much for this study that it turned into The Outdoor Week lol! I ordered two owl pellet kits from Homeschool Science Supply and was very pleased with how quickly they arrived. I thought the boys would be more excited about the whole dissection process, but they were less than pleased (and slightly grossed out) with the concept. Dh just thought my buying owl puke off the internet was hilarious and wanted to know if I thought he could sell anything he found in the cat’s litter boxes. Well, if people were buying tar balls from our beach after the oil spill then there could possibly be a market for litter leavings. ;) Moving on…
Here they are measuring the pellet.
It takes a while to pick apart the pellet, but eventually they found bones. The kit included a bone sorting chart and the boys were excited to find what they think was part of a skull or jawbone in one of the pellets.
We read some from The Handbook of Nature Study and Usborne Book of Nature about owls and listened to some calls on the internet. We were surprised that not every owl call is a “hoo”…some even sounded like dogs barking. We read Sam and the Firefly which both the boys thought was quite fun.
The best part of this study was a visit to a local wildlife sanctuary.