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St. Mary’s County STEM Festival, 2017

SMAS Teaches Kids about Owls at Third Annual Event

On Saturday, November 4, 2017, SMAS participated as a vendor at the St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds for the third annual St. Mary’s County Public Schools STEM Festival & Expo. Statewide, the festival kicked off October 31st and ended November 12, encompassing 535 events in all!

The SMAS booth display

Our society had fun from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. sharing information with students about the owls of southern Maryland. We focused on the food web as it pertained to owls and waterbirds of the Chesapeake Bay.

Lee teaches kids to dissect owl pellets!

The highlight for kids was the dissection of owl pellets. The kids swooped in on us, filling every space at our tables, diligently teasing away the animal hair to uncover the hidden treasures of bones.

Our crowded table where kids discover what owls eat!

Thanks to our SMAS board members Julie and Will Daniel for their assistance and to Lee Vines, who I think could dissect and explain owl pellets in the dark.

We all had great fun and look forward to participating in this event next year!

Lynne Wheeler, SMAS President