March 02, 2005
Dissecting Owl Pellets
We are SO proud of our our son, Frank (age 12)! He received a $25 gift certificate to Amazon for Christmas and he's been hanging onto it until now. He brought it to me today and asked me to order him a bag of Owl Pellets. I thought owl pellets were poop, but a reader kindly informed me that Owl Pellets are regurgitated matter that owls can't digest.
His class dissected them a couple of years ago and he liked it so much that he wants to do it again as a special homeschooling project for Science. (Apparently, they find critters' bones and other goodies in the pellets from the owl's dinner.)
He could have bought a video game, a squirt gun, or any number of toys...but he wants something scientific! We are very, very proud of him.
Last week, Ali and Frank went maple syrup-ping (another homeschooling project). While the sap wasn't running yet (it was only in the 20's) the Audubon Center staff was prepared. They got to drill into the trees and more and even got to eat pancakes with real maple syrup (that the staff brought just in case).
And, speaking of cold weather, we're currently finalizing our itinerary for our big Spring trip, which is only two weeks away! However, Richard discovered today that the RV tires are frozen to the ground. It won't budge. Richard found a few remedies online and he'll try them...just as soon as this week's blizzard ends. Yes (sigh), we woke up to another eight inches of snow this morning, and it's still coming down.
Hugs to all!
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