Studying the bones and materials that are in owl pellets is a great way to learn more about the diet and behavior of owls. Owls dispose of the remains of their meals by coughing up a pellet containing the bones and fur of their prey. Our owl pellet kits provide the perfect "hands-on" scientific experience for the young biologist. Ages 8 and up.
This kit includes: 3 Perfect Pellets (synthetic pellets containing a bird, a mole and a rodent skeleton), instructions, Owl Zoobook, 1 magnifying glass, 2 pairs of tweezers, 2 wooden probes, and reproducible bone charts. Additional pellets sold separately.
Download a Free Owl Pellet Bone Sorting Chart
General: National Science Education Standard NS.K-4.3 and NS.5-8.3 Life Science.
Content Standard C: The Characteristics of Organisms (K-4)
Each plant or animal has different structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction.
Organisms have basic needs. Organisms can survive only in environments in which their need can be met.
Organisms and their Environments (K-4)
All animals depend on plants. Some animals eat plants for food. Other animals eat animals that eat the plants.
Structure and Function in Living Systems (5-8)
Living systems at all levels of organization demonstrate the complementary nature of structure and function. Important levels of organization for structure and function include cells, organs, tissues, organ systems, whole organisms, and ecosystems.
Populations and Ecosystems (5-8)
Populations of organisms can be categorized by the function they serve in an ecosystem. There are producers, consumers, and decomposers.
The number of organisms an ecosystem can support depends on the resources available. Lack of resources and other factors such as predation and climate, limit the growth of populations in specific niches in the ecosystem.
Specific (California standards):
(1.2a) Students know different plants and animals inhabit different kinds of environments and have external features that help them thrive in different kinds of places.
(1.2b) Students know both plants and animals need water, animals need food, and plants need light.
(1.2c) Students know animals eat plants or other animals for food and may also use plants or even other animals for shelter and nesting.
(2.2d) Students know there is variation among individuals of one kind within a population.
(3.3a) Students know plants and animals have structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction.
(4.2b) Students know producers and consumers are related in food chains and food webs and may compete with each other for resources in an ecosystem.