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Old 02-25-2011, 04:18 PM   #1
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Bones are rigid organs that form part of the endoskeleton of vertebrates.
They move, support, and protect the various organs of the body, produce red and white blood cells and store minerals.
Lets take a look at various bones in another perspective....After death, so to speak!
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This is a tinie tiny skull that was gleaned from a piece of Owl scat. Yup... It's exactly what you are thinking it is... POO.... Good old fashioned poo. You can find quite the variety of little critter parts in just one dried up piece of scat! Collecting Scat for the class room or for home dissecting is as easy as locating an owls nest. Hmmmmm Now that could be a tricky issue all on its own.

So how does one go about finding an owls nest? Well.... You could either ask your local D.N.R. to point out a few for you or go into the wild in search of your own. I find it easiest to locate a pair of Eagles.... Keep watch on them to learn where their nesting sight is.
Owls OFTEN take over an eagles nest to raise their own once the eaglets take flight...Happy hunting!
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Old 02-25-2011, 05:16 PM   #2
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You can mount these finds on an appropriately sized, polished block of wood with an appropriately sized rod for display.
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Owls regurgitate the bones and indigestible fur of the small mammals they eat in "pellets". These have not passed through the entire digestive system, so technically they are not "scat".

What is a Pellet?
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:43 PM   #4
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My young son had found an owl scat (Not knowingly) on an outing and eagerly showed me the HUGE cocoon he had found.
I guess he actually took note of a cocoon I had showed him perhaps a few years earlier
Was his face ever red when I told him what it REALLY was that he held in his hand.
I still laugh about it to this day and that was years and years ago!
They DO look awfully lot alike! cecropia cocoon - Google Search
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Old 02-25-2011, 06:54 PM   #5
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I stand corrected...Thanks benj1
Glad to see things restated in their correct context.
I don't know why I wrote it that way......I knew that!
I guess I fell back upon how I was taught by my father...He had always called it scat.
It IS regurgitated as Benji1 has stated!
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While chasing the beautiful Ebony jewel wing dragonflies along a creek one afternoon
I was quite surprised to find THIS hanging in the tree above me.
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Now what do you suppose put THAT there? My best guess would be....a feeding raptor - bird of prey, of some sort.
You can see it's obviously carnivorous - a flesh eater. Notice its sharp pointed teeth and grinding molars.
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:39 AM   #7
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Walking around on a piece of property
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we had bought to revamp the home and resell
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I found a HUGE graveyard.
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Turns out ...The neighbor does taxidermy work and he tosses the remains to the buzzards.
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This upset me to find
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It's what a trapper has caught and tossed aside that he thought not worth his while to keep...

DEATH came to those poor critters for no reason at all!
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Antlers and bones provide an important source of minerals (Mainly calcium) for wildlife.
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You can see their gnawing on these two examples.
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:04 PM   #10
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Vertebrae
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The back bones that provide support from the bottom of the skull
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to the pelvic bone.
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Certain vertebrae, each with a pair of of ribs (curved bones) form a cage to protect the upper organs.

NOTE: These are NOT all from the same animal.
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