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Ranger Program: Owl Pellet Program

  • Barnard Nature Center 200 Derby Ave New Haven, CT 06511 (map)
 Harry Coyle, Martin Torresquintero, Joe Milone, Wray WIlliams + Dan Barvir

Harry Coyle, Martin Torresquintero, Joe Milone, Wray WIlliams + Dan Barvir

This popular program introduces children and youth to the fascinating world of owls. By using sterilized owl pellets, students reconstruct the owl's prey by piecing together the bones and studying the skulls. Pellets consist of the hair and bones that owls regurgitate following a meal. They contain valuable clues to what the owl was eating, and the habitat in which the owl was hunting. The program also teaches children about where owls live, how they see so well at night and how to tell if there are owls living nearby. Students will be fascinated by our museum grade specimen of the great horned owl, Bubo Virginianus.  For more information, contact Ranger Harry Coyle at Barnard Nature Center.