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Owl outreach for Shell Point residents

By REFUGE / DDWS - | Oct 21, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Shell Point Retirement Community resident Norman Miller participates in the owl pellet dissection.

The Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers recently participated in the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Education Team’s “Owl Pellets Dissection” activity via Shell Point TV.

The closed circuit station broadcasted the one-hour lesson twice that day, led by refuge staff.

“The presentation was a hit,” Shell Point Wellness and Education Manager Jon High said. “We have been getting positive feedback from those who saw it.”

Many of the residents purchased owl pellet dissection kits to work along with the educators, while others tuned in to hear about Florida owls and watch the dissection demonstration. The “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge provided paper plates and other supplies for the dissections.

“They learned about our five local species — their appearance, calls and diet — from the interaction,” Supervisory Refuge Ranger Toni Westland said. “We encourage people to never stop learning and experience nature’s wonders.”

PHOTO PROVIDED Shell Point Retirement Community resident Debby Topliff shows the bones found in her dissection.

Interested in doing a pellet dissection? Order kits online at www.shopdingdarling.com.