Owl Pellets

Conceptual Framework: Predator-prey relationships, Food chains, Food webs, Energy flow

  1. Divide students into pairs and give each pair an owl pellet.
  2. Have the students separate the bones from the fur and feathers.
  3. Make groups of skulls and similar bones. Try to determine using resource guides what type of animals the bones came from.
  4. Lay out the bones to form as many skeletons as possible. Glue skeletons on poster board and label.
  5. Make a drawing of a food chain including the owl, its prey, and what its prey eats.
  6. Discuss the similarities of each pair’s findings.