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Hello from West Texas

Hello from the 4th grade science classes of Mrs. Rex in Odessa, Texas. We have really enjoyed seeing the different animals on the africam. Thanks so much for sharing.

We are in the process of making a powerpoint presentation of the animals we see in our part of Texas. As soon as it is ready we will gladly share it.

This week and next we are studying owls and their food web. Next Monday and Tuesday we are going to dissect owl pellets. We have some pellets from our area and some from So. California. We will compare our findings and see if the owls in both areas eat the same thing. What do you think we will find?

We will be doing a teleconference with another school in Odessa concerning our dissections. So we are learning about technology as well as the owls and what they eat.

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Laughing out loud Laughing out loud Laughing out loud Laughing out loud Hi Mrs. Rex, welcome to Africam and the Boma, a great place to visit, to some of us even home, lol, there are a few that have been coming here 8 yrs now, me among them, (I'm Lloyd from WI, lol) always glad to have the little ones come see the animals, enjoy your time here!

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Welcome to Africam, Mrs. Rex !

Good luck with the school projects and enjoy the cams !

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"MrsRex4thgrade" wrote:
Hello from the 4th grade science classes of Mrs. Rex in Odessa, Texas. We have really enjoyed seeing the different animals on the africam. Thanks so much for sharing.

We are in the process of making a powerpoint presentation of the animals we see in our part of Texas. As soon as it is ready we will gladly share it.

This week and next we are studying owls and their food web. Next Monday and Tuesday we are going to dissect owl pellets. We have some pellets from our area and some from So. California. We will compare our findings and see if the owls in both areas eat the same thing. What do you think we will find?

We will be doing a teleconference with another school in Odessa concerning our dissections. So we are learning about technology as well as the owls and what they eat.

Good morning Texas. this is to funny. I lived there for 27 years ( Llano Falls) and now find myself up here in Canada, who new lol. KITNS is about to join up with the Boma site here and with the help of Campbell Scott and his amazing crew, to join all the classrooms LIVE, or at least pre-recorded. Were just putting it together now. You will see some of this come up on our web site and in our forum on http://kidsinthenest.com/
Both Campbell and I have a lot to get done before that, but the children will be more then safe in these threads. Membership only in fact. We would love to share the classroom pic's with Ya'll down south. we have the help and support of Jane Goodall, Jungle Jack Hannah, Dr David Suzuki and many more. The children around the wrold are about to get a program of all programs. All interactive and very much live. Would love to hear more from you.

Ms Charlie
Sent to you from the classrooms in Canada.

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Oh, this is very interesting MrsRex, I wish I can be there with you. It is amazing what you can find in those pellets, those jawbones of mice are just amazing to zee, it is so tiny and perfect. It will be great if you can share all your findings with us.

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Hello to everyone from Toronto Canada. I am an avid birder,and have just finished a fall migration count of birds of prey,many of which will winter or pass through Texas on their way further south.
Winters we get owls which migrate into the Toronto area from points further north. I have opened a few owl pellets myself,and most recently on a search for owls,while finding no owls did find 2 mice,stashed in trees so they could be eaten later. The pellet of a barely fledged Great Horned Owl I found,contained some feathers,hip bones of a small bird,and most interestingly an entire foot and part of a leg bone of what was probably another raptor. The other pellet I opened was of a Long-eared Owl,and it contained the skull of a vole (field mouse).
Good luck with your class projects and I hope the students enjoy their discoveries.

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"MrsRex4thgrade" wrote:
Hello from the 4th grade science classes of Mrs. Rex in Odessa, Texas.

We are in the process of making a powerpoint presentation of the animals we see in our part of Texas. As soon as it is ready we will gladly share it.

This week and next we are studying owls and their food web. Next Monday and Tuesday we are going to dissect owl pellets.

What do you think we will find?

Hi Mrs Rex and the 4th Grade class - and welcome to Africam!
If you can put your powerpoint presentation on a website and post the link here that would be great!

As for the owl pellets - I think that you will certainly find the bones, hair, teeth and claws from any small mammals (plus feathers and beaks of birds, depending upon the species of owls which occur in the locality)

Bones teeth and beaks are not digested and neither are hair (fur) and claws as these are made from keratin which cannot be digested by owls. These do not pass through the intestines but remain in the stomach and are then regurgitated as the pellets.

You may also find the wing casings and some head-parts of insects, which are also not digested but these may be difficult to identify.

Can you tell us what species of owls you will be studying please?

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Mrs.Rex and the 4th grade...
Really wonderful to have you aboard..Enjoy all the wonderful sights. We have another class room here too, from up in Canada maybe both classes can touch bases and compare!!!

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