PENFIELD – Penfield Elementary School fourth and fifth graders were recently visited by Penn State DuBois wildlife students who presented information on invasive species in Pennsylvania.
Penfield students learned about feral cats and were able to touch and hold two, small kittens. During the visit, they completed activities to see how quickly cats can multiply.
They learned about bats and a disease called White Nose Syndrome. Students were given a bat quiz to test their knowledge, able to see some bats and learn about bat houses.
Turtles such as the red-eared sliders and painted turtles were also discussed with among group of students. The Penfield students completed a food chain to see how many animals are affected by invasive species.
Students learned about the gypsy moth and how they have destroyed trees and forests in Pennsylvania. They also learned about the silver carp fish and how it jumps out of the water when it is frightened.
Students were given a nerf bow and arrow set to try to knock the fish out of the way.
PSU students shared their knowledge about animals and invasive species, and Penfield students learned a great deal about the different invasive species and animals in Pennsylvania.