A Day in the Life of the Peconic Estuary

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A Day in the Life of the Peconic Estuary was  held on October 19th, 2018 at various sites around the estuary.  Ms. Pannizzo led the 7th grade testing at Lazy point, while Mr. Knight's 5th grade classes tested at Landing Lane.  Both groups did an incredible job being part of this "Citizen Science" program.  

“A Day in the Life” events are designed to celebrate local river and estuary ecosystems to educate students and involve them in citizen science to collect usable data. On a single day, environmental partners and students will simultaneously collect scientific information, analyze, and share the data to determine the health status of river and estuary ecosystems. Students will use hands-on field techniques to do a biological assessment that includes catching fish in nets, collecting water and invertebrate samples, and conducting biodiversity inventories of the flora and fauna in and around the ecosystems. Students will also examine the physical and chemical aspects of the river that include where freshwater and salty seawater meet, the amount of sediments in the water, and analyze the water chemistry, turbidity and oxygen levels.

The event is coordinated by the Central Pine Barrens Commission, Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Portal to Discovery, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Suffolk County Water Authority. Many environmental groups, such as Trout Unlimited, Cornell Cooperative Extension, NY State Parks, USGS, Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Peconic Estuary Program, Group for the East End, Long Island Aquarium, Long Island Science Center, Sweetbriar Nature Center, Long Island Sound Study, NY Sea Grant, East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery, The Nature Conservancy, Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, the Brook trout Coalition, and the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Store, will be teamed with school classes to create a day-in-the-life status of these important ecosystems!