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    • Amy

      Carrie–Actually, it isn’t poop! (I thought it might bear further explanation!) It’s sort of like a hairball–something the owls “cough” up. Is that better? 🙂

  1. I though you might find this link interesting: http://www.owlpages.com/sounds.php.

    We kept hearing a screeching in our backyard and I was convinced it was a Screech Owl. So I googled “owl calls” and found this website. Turns out we had a Common Barn Owl (like the book!) – it sounded exactly like the recorded “screeeech”! So amazing what you can find on the internet! 🙂

    • Amy

      Wendy–Thanks for the link! I love that all of this learning we’re doing together is opening my eyes to so much in our environment! I might become a birdwatcher yet! (Steady Eddie thinks I already am one!)

  2. I purchased a couple owl pellets last year but haven’t found the courage to try dissecting them with the kids. I think I’ll have to wear gloves though! How did you clean the bones? After reading your post, I think we’ll have to give it a try. My kids liked reading White Owl, Barn Owl last year.

  3. Yeah for owl pellets!! We are homeschoolers (2nd grade, K, preK4 and a 2 year old who thinks he’s in 2nd grade). We use Apologia’s Exploring Creation – Flying Creatures for science and LOVE it. Last semester was spent studying birds. We joined our local Audubon society and bought field guides. My boys have had a lot of fun identifying the birds in our backyard. I also teach the material at our weekly homeschool co-op. All that to say, we dissected owl pellets right before Christmas. The 6-9 years olds LOVED it. One found a huge skull all intact and in good condition. Another found the entire backbone still connected and in good condition. We were amazed as we learned about the owls diet. I’m sure we’ll do this again in a few years when my younger two study birds. 🙂

  4. I used to teach a class called Who Puked? …it was appropriate bc it was for middle schoolers. I loved teaching all about owls. They are fabulous creatures…and so are the owl pellets!

  5. How interesting. I never knew you could order something like that. Glad you took pics because that is as close as I’ll get to it. Thanks for sharing. I just found your site and love it. I’m pretty new to the kid lit blogging. I’d love any tips.

    We read THE MITTEN by Jan Brett this week and printed pics from her website of the animals then created our own match game with my son’s mittens. Jan Brett is going to visit the school or library with the most supporters who like her facebook page by April 2. More details on my post: http://www.obSEUSSed.com/2011/01/mitten-author-jan-brett-to-visit-school.html

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