first_imgPatricia Colburn, 10, backed away slightly when her mom, Denise Colburn, began to gently unwrap the foil casing of an owl pellet at Saturday’s Fall Family Field Trip Day run by Columbia Springs.The pellet, made up of leftover bones, fur and other indigestibles hacked up by owls after a meal, initially grossed out the Peter S. Ogden Elementary fourth-grader.“Oh my God, why do I have to do this?” she asked her mom.“You don’t want to do this?” her mother responded calmly.“Just, uh, take it off the foil,” Patricia said, poking at the greyish, furry ball with a toothpick as her mom dropped it onto a piece of laminated paper.Family Field Trip Day is put on twice a year by the nonprofit group, which is headquartered at the historic Vancouver Trout Hatchery. It’s designed to teach elementary school age children and their families about nature through a variety of mushroom and nature hikes, and hands-on educational activities.It was a less than stellar turnout on the rainy, windy Saturday, but the 150 or so participants that did turn up made up for the lack of a crowd with their enthusiasm.last_img