Fifth Graders Dissect Owl Pellets

Walking field trip yields biology lesson
Posted on 09/26/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Walking field trip yields biology lessonFifth graders from Bordewich Bray Elementary got some hands-on biology lessons today at the Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada. The walking field trip was made possible by a generous donation from Adams Hub for Innovation and the Hop & Mae Adams Foundation.

The organizations provided funding for entry fees to the museum, supplies and materials for the lessons as well as instructors for the class. Four of the fifth grade classes were able to attend the field trip.

Students learned about northern Nevada owl species, in particular, the great horned owl. They learned about the owl’s digestive habits and common components of their diets.

The most excited part of the lesson involved students dissecting regurgitated owl pellets where they had to identify what types of animals were consumed based upon what bones and other biomaterials they discovered while sifted through the pellet.