Owls Visit Fisher Students
It was a real hoot for fifth graders at Fisher Elementary School when live owls came to visit. Michael Clough, assistant director of the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, brought several owls to the class, all rescued animals unable to survive in the wild. Clough spoke about owl physiology, eating habits, calls, and the mythology surrounding owls. Fisher Fifth Grade Teacher Patricia Preseault invited Clough to the school as part of the students’ study of ecosystems. “To have someone come in with three live owls, that beats anything I’ve ever done, said Preseault, “They thought dissecting owl pellets was cool, but this tops that.” As part of their studies, the Fisher students dissected owl pellets, masses of indigestible food that owls regurgitate, and re-assembled the small rodent skeletons found within the pellets.