7th Grade Science Students Dissect Owl Pellets

As part of their study of predator-prey relationships, 7th grade students in Ms. Grier’s science class dissected owl pellets to see what the owls had eaten.

*Students learned that 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. Pellet dissection can tell you exactly what an owl has eaten.