Vomit isn’t normally something to play with, but at the Washington County Museum next week, it will provide a chance to learn.

“Owl Puke,” a free children’s activity for 8- to 12-year-olds, will include owl pellets that children can dissect.

The pellets are the result of a natural process where the bird regurgitates whatever meal contents it can’t digest.

Depending on the owl’s diet, attendees will find claws, teeth, bones, feathers, bills and even insect exoskeletons in the fur of small rodents making up a pellet.

During the upchuck dissection, Linda Hill will teach about birds of prey.

“All kids love to investigate, learn and take things apart,” said Krissy Rowan, director of communications for the Washington County Museum.

The Owl Puke activity is sparked partly by the museum’s current photography display, “Put a Bird On It,” honoring the black-and-white photography of William L. Finley, a famous wildlife conservationist and naturalist.

“We build programs around each exhibit,” Rowan said, with the goal of getting kids interested in museums.

“Museums are learning they have to be more interactive to capture young minds and keep them entertained,” she said. She explained it’s been harder as kids become more interested in video games than learning. “It’s nice to see kids staying involved during the summer.”

Owl Puke runs from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at the Washington County Museum, 120 E. Main St., Hillsboro.

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