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Education outreach at refuge

By Staff | Aug 21, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED A Georgia home-schooler concentrates on an owl pellet.

The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s Education Team often extends its outreach well beyond local schools and events. Recently, at the request of Homeschooling Kingsbay parents, it conducted a virtual owl pellet dissection class with 10 home-schooled students and their parents in Georgia. The parents bought owl dissection kits, then refuge staff sent learning materials and taught them online how to dissect the pellets to learn more about the diet of owls that live in Georgia. “The kids were amazing and had a great time,” Conservation Educator Sara Soderholm said. “They asked some great questions including, ‘Do some owls eat other owls?’ They were shocked to hear that yes, some do.”