Second grade students from Andrew Ferrone’s class at Wood Road Elementary School and IB Biology students from Karin Marcotullio’s Ballston Spa High School classes recently partnered to share information on how they used trail cameras to study wildlife on school district property. Groups of second grade students presented projects on the behavior and characteristics of animals captured in trail camera images. High School students participated in the interactive portions of the presentations, asked questions about student research and shared information about the animals they captured on trial cameras at the High School.
At the High School, the students had captured photos of deer, gray squirrels, chipmunks, toads/frogs, groundhogs, a broad-winged hawk, a turkey, and a fox during the spring. The second grade students collected various photos along the Wood Road Nature trails behind the school complex including of gray/red squirrels, rabbits, deer, coyotes, foxes, crows, a pileated woodpecker, a raccoon, a house cat, a fischer and a woodchuck.
The teachers plan to will continue to gather photos with the trail cameras on both school properties and make this collaboration an annual event. The trail cameras were able to be purchased through a generous grant from the Ballston Spa Education Foundation.