Discovering Deer Island
Discovering Deer Island, over 60 students traveled from Arkansas to explore wildlife here in South Mississippi. News 25’s Laurene Callander reports on their excursion to the barrier island.
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it is a bird, an osprey to be exact. Just one of the many students from Arkansas spotted Tuesday morning while discovering Deer Island. Student Asa Langford said, “I like to do hands on science, like investigations, because I don’t like just doing worksheets and just learning about boring stuff.”
Well lucky for him and the other 60 middle schoolers their day was anything but boring. USM Marine Educator Amelia McCoy said, “We have a little bingo game with the different birds and if they spot them then they’re the winner. It kind of gets them active and looking for the birds.”
As well as learning sampling techniques to catch different species in the water plus conservation and restoration of the island. All in an effort from the Gulf Coast Research Lab’s Marine Education Center to get kids involved in wildlife. “Mostly just conserving the habitat itself so that they know that whenever they do go out and they’re enjoying nature that they protect it as well so the animals can also live and just have a good time,” said McCoy.
Student Lindsey Anderson said, “I wanted to see some dolphins or something, but pretty much what I see now are all the beautiful sites.”
They may or may not have caught a glimpse of any dolphins, but they had their eye on many different types of wildlife right here in South Mississippi.