We are finally finished with the school groups and are settling into our jobs as Interpretive Hosts.
We will present a program (usually some type of nature movie or a power point presentation that Mark has created) every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night. In addition, we will have some type of Jr. Ranger activity on Saturday morning and offer a hike on Sunday morning.
So far our most popular Jr. Ranger activity has been dissecting owl pellets. From what we can tell, these pellets are from captive owls and have been sterilized. They come wrapped in aluminum foil.
We thought we should open one up first to see what we were getting ourselves into! They are packed tight and are amazingly hard to pull apart. We used toothpicks to carefully pick apart the pellet.
Material that is not digestible is formed into a pellet. Before the owl can eat another meal it must regurgitate the pellet.
We found a handy bone sorting chart to use in identifying some of the tiny little bones.