We gave owl pellet dissection kits as party favors a couple of years ago – they’re easy to put together and make great holiday gifts! We included a couple of owl pellets, dissecting forceps, a magnifier (we like the Private Eye loupe, you can nest them for higher magnification) and a Riker box to display the especially nice bones. It’s fun if you can get pellets from different types of owls and from different geographic regions so you can compare the contents. Owl pellets are available from Mountain Home Biological, Owl Brand Discovery Kits, and Carolina Biological Supply. Kidwings has great information about dissecting pellets, and we got the bone chart from the Carolina Biological Supply site.
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Carolina Biological Supply has a long and nasty history involving accusation of animal welfare and husbandry violations, buying up street cats, improper/incomplete euthanasia, and embalming animals while they are alive.
None of these allegations has ever been proved, but readers with a certain sense of skepticism may wish to source their biological supplies elsewhere.
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