Members of the Women in Science and Engineering group at Riverhead High School toured local waterways with Stony Brook Southampton’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences on Dec. 11.

Members of the Women in Science and Engineering group at Riverhead High School had a unique opportunity to experience Long Island’s diverse winter wildlife on Dec. 11. The non-traditional learning experience was provided by Stony Brook Southampton’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences.

As part of the program, the students toured local waterways on one of Southampton’s marine vessels and observed birds that migrated from the high tundra, including a hooded merganser, a great blue heron, sea ducks and a peregrine falcon, which is one of the fastest birds on the planet. The students were also able to watch seal interact with each other as they swam.

Additionally, while aboard, the students learned about an opportunity open to all high school students. High-schoolers can take a three-credit oceanography course at Stony Brook Southampton during the summer. Course enrollees will examine ocean life and get an in-depth introduction to the science of the seas, ocean history, atmospheric and oceanic circulation, deep-sea ecology, plankton and nekton, marine habitats, waves and tides, and hurricanes and tsunamis.

Source: Press release issued by Riverhead Central School District dated Dec. 14, 2018.

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