Owls Visit Fisher Students

Owls Visit Fisher Students

Owls Visit Fisher Students

Michael Clough of the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, with Aragorn, a Barred Owl, recently visited with Fisher Elementary students.

Michael Clough of the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, with Aragorn, a Barred Owl, recently visited with Fisher Elementary 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.

 

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