Owl Pellet Dissection Lab

An owl pellet dissection lab is a good way to learn about the eating habits of birds of prey - birds such as owls that eat other animals and small birds. Owl pellet contents are great for the study of food chains which show the relationship between producers (plants) and consumers (animals that eat the plants or that eat other animals).

Owl pellets are the regurgitated remains of an owl's meal, including all the bones of the animals it ate (usually small rodents). Owls swallow their food whole (mice, voles, insects), digest the edible parts, and then expel the indigestible parts through their mouth as a pellet.

Please have your class divided into 5 groups. For this presentation, the Outdoor Environmental Education Staff need access to an area (e.g. science room or library) where each group can sit around a table. The lab will take approximately 1½ hours to complete. A data projector/screen is also required.

Owl Pellet Video

Virtual Owl Pellet Dissection

ProScope Digital Microscope Software  Many schools will have a ProScope (perhaps in their science room).

Curriculum Connections   Outcomes Indicators
Grade 4 Science HC4.1 Investigate the interdependence of plants and animals, including humans, within habitats and communities A,B,C,F,H
  Science HC4.2 Analyze the structures and behaviours of plants and animals that enable them to exist in various habitats A,B,C,F,G
Grade 6 Science DL6.2 Examine how humans organize understanding of the diversity of living things A
Grade 7 Science IE7.2 Observe, illustrate, and analyze living organisms within local ecosystems as part of interconnected food webs, populations, and communities F,J
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Owl Pellet Contents453.67 KB
Bone Sorting Chart455.21 KB
Vole453.67 KB
Shrew453.67 KB
Varied Thrush453.64 KB