Kids study scat as inspiration for ornaments

IRVINE, Calif. — Before kids in an Orange County class gather to make Christmas ornaments, they will take a hike to look for and study scat. Yes, animal droppings.

Then they will use clay to make palm-sized ornaments that look like the excrement they saw.

The Irvine Ranch Conservancy and Orange County Parks sponsor the free craft-hikes. Conservancy spokeswoman Jenn Starnes says scat is educational. It is a great way to identify animals.

She says California mule deer leave pellets in piles, coyote scat depends on whether the cat ate a plant or an animal, and mountain lion scat often contains small bones and fur from prey.


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