Students study the owls of Oakland County. They learn where they live and work (Habitat), tell-tale signs of owls (Owl Pellets), and where to look for pellets. Students discuss food chain and food webs.
Students start class with a field study of owls and their habitat. Chief Pontiac Trail leads to the Proud Lake Recreation Area's white pine forest where students learn what to look for and attempt to find owl pellets.
Back in the classroom, students dissect an owl pellet. Through examination of the skulls and other bones students can determine just what and how many different animals are eaten by owls. In one class, students found that voles, mice and other rodents made up 85% of an owl's diet; small birds 5%; and insects, beetles, and other small mammals the other 10%.
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