Owl Pellets

Sixth grade students dissected owl pellets during science class. Owl pellets are vomited out of an owl's first stomach.  Mrs. Hall found some of the pellets in her backyard and we ordered the rest. We found that the pellets contained bones of mice, gophers, voles, moles, and shrews.  We estimated that one owl eats about 1,095 animals a year which is about 3 each day!  The sixth graders also attended an owl seminar in the ICN lab and we learned all about owls native to Iowa and how to make owl calls.  You can hear the sounds owls make if you go to owlpages.com on the internet.  We plan to listen for owls and look for pellets when we go to Springbrook Conservation Center in May.