Kaleidoscope

  • October 8It's never too late to join Kaleidoscope!

  • September 7Join us for our weekly meetings on Thursdays in Room 115!

Monarchs and Mosquitoes: AP Biology Students Visit Fire Island

Jessica Guo, Science Editor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Last Thursday, students in Ms. Visconti and Mr. Harding’s AP Biology classes embarked on a full-day, educational field trip to Fire Island. Students alternated between exploring the forest and the beach, constantly on the lookout for a glimpse of some of the fascinating species that inhabit Fire Island. They also the intermediate disturbance hypothesis, the importance of dunes, and several biotic and abiotic factors on Fire Island.

Varsha Talanki, a senior in Ms. Visconti’s class, enjoyed the trip. As she explained, “I really liked the beach and the view of the swale from it! The swale had beautiful scenery and the view from the beach was really nice because there weren’t any bugs there! I also saw some deer roaming at the beach.” The white-tailed deer are overpopulated on Fire Island, with the National Park Service considering several deer-management programs to cull the population, ranging from euthanizing some of the population to allowing a limited amount of hunters.

However, the deer population was only one of the sights that students hoped to find at Fire Island, as the monarch butterfly migration also occurs at this time of year. The field trip was specifically planned so that it would overlap with the brief time the butterflies spend near Long Island. However, students reported that they didn’t see many monarchs, besides an occasional individual or duo.

Mosquitoes and bugs proved to be a major issue for many students. The next day, many classmates arrived at school with numerous mosquito bites. As Varsha adds, “The mosquitoes were really bad when we went! Luckily, I was one of the few people who didn’t get bit but I would recommend pants and a sweatshirt because there were mosquitoes everywhere!” Still, even with some minor issues, the trip proved to be informative and engaging for the AP Biology students.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Monarchs and Mosquitoes: AP Biology Students Visit Fire Island

    Showcase

    Washington Capitals Take New Season by Storm

  • Monarchs and Mosquitoes: AP Biology Students Visit Fire Island

    Op-Ed

    Between the World and Me: A Letter from Father to Son

  • Monarchs and Mosquitoes: AP Biology Students Visit Fire Island

    Science

    New Dwarf Planet: The Secret to Our Solar System

  • Monarchs and Mosquitoes: AP Biology Students Visit Fire Island

    Commons

    Pep Rally: The Marching Band Perspective

  • Monarchs and Mosquitoes: AP Biology Students Visit Fire Island

    Features

    The Unbeaten Patriots And The Story Of Homecoming 2018

  • Monarchs and Mosquitoes: AP Biology Students Visit Fire Island

    News

    Judge Kavanaugh’s Hearing and Confirmation: The Details

  • Monarchs and Mosquitoes: AP Biology Students Visit Fire Island

    Arts & Entertainment

    An Artistic Scope: Erin Zipman

  • Monarchs and Mosquitoes: AP Biology Students Visit Fire Island

    Op-Ed

    NY Giants – This Season’s Update

  • Monarchs and Mosquitoes: AP Biology Students Visit Fire Island

    News

    “This Is Zero Hour” – The Voices Of The Youth For Climate Change

  • Monarchs and Mosquitoes: AP Biology Students Visit Fire Island

    Arts & Entertainment

    Crazy Rich Asians

The student news site of Ward Melville High School
Monarchs and Mosquitoes: AP Biology Students Visit Fire Island