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Students dissect owl pellets for science project

The North Woolmarket sixth graders have been studying predators and prey, with an emphasis on owls in Mississippi. (Photo source: WLOX) The North Woolmarket sixth graders have been studying predators and prey, with an emphasis on owls in Mississippi. (Photo source: WLOX)
Owl pellets are small clumps of bones and fur; materials the owls can't digest, so they regurgitate. (Photo source: WLOX) Owl pellets are small clumps of bones and fur; materials the owls can't digest, so they regurgitate. (Photo source: WLOX)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Sixth graders at North Woolmarket know the answer, thanks to a hands-on experiment involving tiny bones and clumps of fur.

The students are dissecting owl pellets; regurgitated clumps of fur and bones that owls can't digest.

“Four and a half centimeters,” said one girl, as they took measurements of their clump.

The students are doing a little scientific detective work. By carefully examining the owl pellets, can tell what the bird had for dinner.

“It started with them reading an owl book called 'Hoot', and then we're integrating some math with measuring and science with dissecting the owl pellets and seeing what they can find and reconstruct a rodent,” said instructor, Dawn Gildea.

Parents were invited to participate in the owl pellet dissection. Shannon Lutkins was happy to join her daughter Paige for such an interesting project.

“I think it's wonderful that they're including the parents, and it's something we can talk about later. Not a lot of schools do that, I'm impressed,” said Lutkins.

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