Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dissecting Owl Pellets

 Earlier in the week, we dissected owl pellets.
Only Anna and Galina remember doing something similar when they were younger, so it was a new thing.
After separating the fur and feathers from the bones, the kids identified the different bones and then figured out which animal their owl had eaten.
Most of the owl pellets contained mouse bones.  One of the girls' pellets had bird bones.
Annalyn and Anna want to dissect another pellet with Adam over the weekend.
"Have fun!" says William who absolutely could not stand the grossness of this project.
Personally, I wiped down and sanitized the counter four times.
I don't think we will be dissecting anything else.
Tomorrow someone is turning 14!  We are celebrating at HomeTown Buffet her favorite restaurant!  Hey... at least I don't have to cook!


  1. Hi, love your blog, just spent weeks reading everything from the very beginning to catch up. But why can't I see he photos from the first couple years you were blogging?

  2. Hi!I have had my highschool homeschoolers dissect worms for biology class and we also dissected several fish. When my daughther was in public highschool the BIOLOGY class did not really dissect any thing. The school district was afraid the dissection tools could become instruments of harm so the students did not dissect anything. I think the teacher may have dissected something and the class watched.After I complained that dissecting was a major part of biology.With homeschooling I had more freedom with teaching my children material I felt they should learn and did not worry about a dissection tool becoming a weapon and my child getting hurt.The learning situation was more controlled and much safer in my home than the public school biology class.PAT

  3. This is such a great science project! I recall doing this when I was in school and how it got me involved in biology. Sometimes you have to pull things apart to understand it and in this case you don't have to kill anything to do it! I hope you will let them dissect another with their brother in the garage; I think he would probably love it too.

    And aren't owls so cool?

  4. This looks like so much fun!! Almost like a gross kind of treasure hunt!

  5. Christian's class did this just this week. When I came to pick him up he showed me the little bones. It was pretty amazing seeing these tiny mouse jaw bones and leg bones, and a little gross. I was amazed at how much he learned about owls. It's amazing how much children retain when the interest level is high!

  6. OH MY GOODNESS!!! LOL, I bet you did wipe it down 4 times! :)


  7. My girls would have LOVED that project. LOL

    We did a recent experiment on what happens to food in your stomach. We took zip lock backs and a little water and added a slice of bread then shook.....Honestly, I was so grossed out I got nauseated.

    I have dissected frogs before. It is Really fun.

  8. This is something they did at one school I taught at, but not in any I or my kids ever attended. As dissecting goes, it is pretty tame! Our class had a CAT to dissect in 7th grade and I will never remember that with anything but distaste. I think there was one cat for 30 students, so, honestly - I never even saw the cat. It was just the IDEA of it that was upsetting; my cat died that year, so I suppose it would have been..... From my point of view at the time, we might as well have had a human cadaver.

  9. This post just disgusted me... and I don't usually get grossed out easily. :P

  10. I have to Google owl pellet...what in the world. We are vegetarians and animal activists as well as members of the medical profession. i have never disescted anything and my DH who is a Dr worked on people who had donated themselves to science...hmmm

  11. Happy Birthday to Annalyn! Hope she's having a wonderful day!!


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