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“What is in an Owl Pellet?”


Description from puppychick labratbecky: Ok, so this is me again... Want to know what that Raku bead looks like to me in relation to that owl? Cough, cough....
Biologists study meal remains the owls have coughed up. Another of my dream jobs... but definitely with gloves on and a face mask. :)


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Burgundy Fairy Silk Ribbon 1/2"
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Measurements: 0.6mm hole/22 gauge

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  1. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Despite your bizarre sense of humor (which I love), you have managed to create a truly lovely pick (at least if I ignore the raku bead – - -). Thanks for the laugh !

  2. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    As soon as I saw the title, I knew you had to be the author of the Pick. Love that “cough cough”!
    Owl pellets are not nasty. I have worked with middle school students with them. They tease them apart and reconstruct the (usually mouse) skeletons gluing the bones onto construction paper. Oddly, the boys tend to be more squeamish than the girls.
    This FP is much more attractive than any owl pellet, however!

  3. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Eeka, are you a teacher? a biologist? both? I LOVED my biology classes in college so much that I took as many as I could get. Those hands on labs were the best, especially when you got to the upper level classes with only 20 people in them. I have been a college lab tutor, a high school biology tutor, and a visiting science helper in my kids’ classrooms when they were younger just so that I could help instill a love of biology in kids. :)

  4. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Need to add this: Now that I work with medically significant fungi, I would suggest the next time you get to do such a fun and rewarding task that you arm the kids with disposable masks. They don’t need to be N95 (tiny partical) they just need to block fungal spores. Owl pellets in the northern U.S. have an outside chance of having Blastomyces and Histoplasma fungi in them.

  5. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    We use sterilized ones from a biological supply house, not free-range gathered pellets.

  6. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    That’s good. Can you tell which generation I’m from? :) We still used them fresh from the forest floor. :) And in college we had to make our own study skins from rodents and other mammals we trapped ourselves. I did NOT like killing them so I had a friend do it for me–his dad paid him to trap pocket gophers in their horse paddock.

  7. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Just figured out how to spell particle. :)

  8. Asia
    Asia says:

    The title give you away, love this one :D

  9. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Is there any other bead site in the world where you could read a conversation like this ??? Just too funny – - -

  10. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    I knew this pick was yours, Becky, when I saw the title! Totally cute and clever!

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    foxhill designs vt says:

    Love it!
    I have been fortunate to have students in a couple of classes where we dissected owl pellets. It was really cool. And last summer, my boys found one near their swing set. We broke it apart (not with our hands). Can’t remember what type of critter remains there were. :)

  12. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    You are hysterical and I love your pick. This should make a POD for sure. I have a purple owl but can’t find the little bugger.

  13. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    Classic Becky pick…. Fun, bizarre & yet, gorgeous!! Love this one. ;-) and thanks for the biology lesson/reminder.

  14. OK Jacki
    OK Jacki says:

    Ps. Hoping this one makes POD. Love love love it

  15. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    I don’t care what’s in the pellet! I want it all! POD! Please!

  16. Frida
    Frida says:

    Hahaha fun conversation and wonderful pick!!! I love the rakubead :D

  17. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    :) smiles and rainbows to all of you today!

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