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Lab TWO. Owl pellet dissection done in PAIRS Pre-Lab Question 1: If you were a zoologist doing a study of what wild horses eat, how would you collect your data? Pre-Lab Question 2: How might learning more about the owl's diet (what it eats) help us preserve the animal?.

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Lab TWO

Owl pellet dissection done in PAIRS

Pre-Lab Question 1:

  • If you were a zoologist doing a study of what wild horses eat, how would you collect your data?

    Pre-Lab Question 2:

  • How might learning more about the owl's diet (what it eats) help us preserve the animal?


Derek Moss and Kate Hall working with their mouse bones


Problem: What does the owl's diet tell us about its habitat? 

  • Owls are predators and basically eat their prey whole. They eat rodents (rats, mice) and sometimes birds. In the owl's stomach, the flesh is digested, but the fur and bones are passed back out through the mouth.

  • These pellets were collected and fumigated to kill all bacteria and parasites. They are perfectly safe to touch.


Barn Owl – Food* for French and British Owls*Most of the prey they eat are active at night


Where do these owls live?Bretagne, France

Video and handouts, tools with pellets


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