On Tuesday, April 19, members of Krista Harwick’s Ecology class and club visited Montezuma Wildlife Preserve in Seneca Falls and SUNY ESF. Miss Harwick scheduled the trip after her students expresses an interest in bird-watching. Montezuma hosts a wide variety of native and migratory birds. Students saws 17 different species, including bald eagles and ospreys sitting on their gigantic nests, and many shorebirds spending a few days feeding in the marshes during their migration back to their coastal summer homes.
In the afternoon, students visited the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry to learn about the college’s sustainability efforts. Students saw buildings made out of renewable materials, porous pavement to slow water runoff, willow trees grown as biofuel, a DNA electrophoresis laboratory, greenhouses, and a “green roof” that captures water to decrease water runoff and alleviate stress on the city’s sewage system. Because it was Earth Week, students were also able to observe special events such as a log-cutting demonstration by the ESF Woodsmen Team, and poster presentations of undergraduate and graduate research projects.
“Overall, it was an excellent way to celebrate the week of Earth Day, and raise student awareness about what lives in the world and the best way to protect it,” said Miss Harwick.