Chester County, Pennsylvania, high school students kayak down Pocomoke River during ecology field trip to CBFS
Students from Owen J. Roberts High School in Chester County, PA hit the Pocomoke River for a kayaking adventure Tuesday morning. After watching the sun rise on Chincoteague Island beach, students got in the boats and took the scenic route around the river learning about the environment and seeing some aquatic life.
“I liked the seclusion in the back and seeing the turtles,” junior student Star said, adding she learned how to identify growing water lilies.
Liam and Colin said it was interesting to learn about the tannins, organic matter that turns the water an ice tea color. Conveniently, the tannins also act as a natural mosquito repellent!
Many students mentioned this was their first time out on a kayak and they enjoyed spending their day on the water splashing with their friends and learning about the river.
“I liked hearing about the cone on the wood duck boxes that prevent any other animals from getting in,” Kaiden, another student, said. Wood ducks were once on the verge of extinction due to market hunting, but wood duck boxes act as safe homes for the creatures and helped stabilize their population.
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