Mariposa Elementary students learn hands-on about nature

Mariposa Elementary School fourth grade students were enthralled with a Hobe Sound Nature Center presentation about raptors, also known as birds of prey. Staff from the Center brought in a rescued owl and hawk.  After learning about these amazing creatures, students role-played being scientists. They needed to find out what owls had eaten from an owl pellet. They broke the owl pellet in half, then used tools such as tweezers to pull apart the fur, and find the bones that could not be digested by the owl. Students took home the bones and fur and were asked to re-create what the animal looked like by gluing the bones back together. It was a spectacular opportunity for the students to have a relevent, hands-on experience with nature, and expand their scientific
knowledge. Pictured is Jan Feliciano Alvarez.