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Owl pellet, large, with instructions

Item# PM-OWLPELL

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Our owl pellets are 1-1/2" or larger and foil wrapped.
Grades 3-8
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Owl pellet, large, with instructions

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WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Shipping Note: This item contains preserved specimens and only ships to a street address in the 50 US states.

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Owl pellet, large, with instructions

Item# PM-OWLPELL

You get a large owl pellet that is 1-1/2" or larger with dissecting instructions and a simple bone identification sheet. Each large owl pellet is foil wrapped and dry heat sterilized.

Dissecting an owl pellet is a good way to learn about the eating habits of birds of prey. Owl pellets are the regurgitated remains of an owl's meal, including all the bones of the animals it ate. Owls usually swallow their food whole, digest the edible parts, and then expel the indigestible parts through their mouth as a pellet.

Safety Information: Our owl pellets have been dry heat sterilized for a minimum of 4 hours at 250°F to kill bacteria and viruses naturally present. Even so, we highly recommend that you follow these guidelines when working with owl pellets:

  • Work in a place separate from eating and food preparation areas.
  • Use disposable latex gloves or nitrile gloves during the dissection and cleanup.
  • Use a disposable tray or plate to contain the owl pellet during dissection. Do not dissect directly on desks or table tops.
  • Use only dissection tools provided. Do not let children use pencils or other personal items for dissection. Kids like to use our economical plastic forceps to take apart the owl pellet.
  • Use a sanitizer with paper towels or disposable sanitizing wipes to thoroughly wash hands, work areas, and any dissection tools when finished. Household bleach in a 1:10 solution can be used as a sanitizer.
  • Make sure everyone thoroughly washes their hands with soap and water after the dissection and cleanup.
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My students loved them! Review by
My students could not get enough of searching through the pellet for new and interesting kinds of bones. They would not throw anything away until they had found every last bone and categorized it. What a great way to learn about bones and birds!
Great for a Group!! Review by
We used these for our co-op with about 25 kids of various ages. They loved it!! It was a great way to begin dissecting. Each child could work at his/her level. The kids all loved matching their finds to the bone guide.
The Best Science Activity So Far Review by
I have known about Owl Pellets for a long time, but for whatever reason I had never purchased them. And when I did break down and buy them, I let them sit on the shelf for a couple of months. I had no idea how fun they would be! I have three boys, ages 9, 7, and 6, and we opened up four of them together. I highly suggest getting several to compare the differences. One was tiny, but it weighed more than any of the others, and with the accompanying guide we figured out that it contained mole bones. One was big, and it had parts of five rodents. Each of them sorted and displayed their bones in a different way, and they even took them to show at their Cub Scout den meeting. Definitely a hit here, and they've asked to do it again. I'm buying more for some gray January day that begs for something fun to be done.
Fascinating! Review by
I would encourage anyone who hasn't dissected owl pellets to try these! Dissecting these was our favorite project last year. Finding the tiny bones and skulls was thrilling for my 11 year old. My only suggestion is to buy a few pellets and to research what animals you are likely to uncover. Great stuff!

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