Morgan Moline and Ally Arens, Pepin County 4-H Senior Youth Council members and members of the Chippewa 4-H Club, took the lead role in teaching about owls at Spring Land Conservation Field Days. The session included, facts about owls, identifying owl screeches and hoots, and a science activity where the students dissected owl pellets. An owl pellet is the mass of undigested parts of a owl’s food that is regurgitated, the contents of the pellet depends on its diet, such as bones, fur, feathers, bills, claws, and teeth. During the dissection of the owl pellets, the students identified different parts of animals an owl would eat such as the bones and teeth of mice, birds and other rodents. According to the student survey regarding their Owl Experience: 97% of the students said that Morgan and Ally’s owl program showed them that science can be fun and 98% of the students said they learned something brand new from the owl session. One of the 4-H Teen Leaders said that teaching the 5th and 6th grade students was confience building experience for them. Another comment by the 4-H Teen Leaders: “Yes I feel I had an impact on the 5th and 6th graders, by teaching them that science can be fun, getting dirty can have a great outcome and if they leave their comfort zone they can find cool and interesting things”. The Owl Experience session took place because Durand Conservation Club and Arkansaw Fur Fish and Game donated funds to purchase the supplies for this session, thank you goes out to those two organizations! For more information about 4-H contact the UW Extension Office of Pepin County at 715-672-5214.
More photos of the Owl Experience at Pepin County Spring Land Conservation Field Days.