About 20 girls spent a good part of Friday morning picking through owl
pellets, part of the Girls in Real Life Science (GIRLS) club, sponsored
by the Women in Nuclear (WiN) - Bruce, at the Bruce Power Visitors'
Nancy Griffin, a conservation education co-ordinator with Saugeen
Conservation, led the course on "naturology," urging the girls to
discover what they could from the pellets which contain parts that the
owl cannot digest so it coughs them up.
Griffin was also taking the girls on a nature hike, looking for signs of
owls on the trails. "There are many different things to learn about the
food chain," she says. "By dissecting the owl pellets, the girls can
look at what the owl eats. They learn about what animals eat what."
The girls were also learning what sciences they would have to study to
do this kind of work. Scatology is the examination of animal waste and
the pellets that all birds of prey cannot digest, says Griffin. Other
sciences are biology, zoology and botany.
Chloe Wheeler, 9, of Kincardine finds interesting parts in the owl pellets
Harriet Skinner (L), 10, of Kincardine, and Grace Halsted of Inverhuron
get some help from Nancy Griffin identifying what they found
Avy Mowle (L), 11, of Kincardine and Gina Spiridaki, 10, of Tiverton
discover animal parts in the owl pellets
Maxine Trepanier (L), 10, of Kincardine and Kaitlyn Halsted, 12, of
Inverhuron hold up the small bones they found
Keira Hazaard (L), 9, of Bervie and Katrina Jaszkul, 9, of Inverhuron
poke through the owl pellets