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Dig into owl diets at pellet workshop

Published: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 10:51 a.m. CDT
(Photo by Andrea Westmoreland/Provided by Midwest Museum of Natural History)
Find out what – or "hoo" – owls have been eating at the Midwest Museum of Natural History's owl pellet dissection workshop June 13.

SYCAMORE – The Midwest Museum of Natural History, as part of its Summer Inside Out series, is offering an owl pellet dissection workshop from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 13.

When an owl eats its prey there are some parts it cannot digest, such as fur, bones and feathers. Instead, owls cough them up in compact pellets. By taking apart a pellet and reconstructing its contents, you can discover what the owl has been eating. Each participant, ages 7 to adult, will get their own pellet to work on.

The museum is located at 425 W. State St. in Sycamore. The class fee is $15 per dissector and $5 for accompanying adults and children; mention seeing this article for $2 off each person. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 815-895-9777 to register. 

The Summer Inside Out series will feature giant grasshoppers in July and squids in August. To learn more, visit www.mmnh.org.