Patchogue-Medford High School  
   
Patchogue-Medford High School

At 7:00 am, Friday morning June 6, 2008 six students from the independent research class at Patchogue-Medford High School conducted the first of a series of bird breeding surveys at the Fish Thicket Preserve in Medford. They were accompanied by their teachers, Pat Murray, Bob Pearson, science director, Joe Filippone, Melissa Griffiths, Educational Outreach Coordinator for the Central Pine Barrens Commission, and John Turner of the Department of Environmental Protection for the Town of Brookhaven.

Over fourteen different species of birds were identified including a surprising Cooper's Hawk. Students conducted the surveys for three minute periods at ten different stations located about a quarter of a mile apart in the 100 acre preserve. They utilized binoculars, field guides, and the expertise of John Turner to help them identify various species by sight as well as the sounds or songs they made. Next, they will design and organize the data in such a manner that future classes of students can compare their findings. The next breeding bird survey is scheduled for June 20, 2008. We can't wait to get back in the woods!

   
Patchogue-Medford High School

Patchogue-Medford High School students and their teachers start their stewardship of the Fish Thicket Preserve by cleaning it up. Plastic bags, gloves, and safety vests were provided by the Town of Brookhaven.