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Students learn about invasive species

Nov. 16, 2017

Speaker talks to fifth graders about invasive speciesThe George L. Cooke fifth grade students in Tara Komatz and Patricia Whipple’s classes had a guest speaker recently. The speaker, Bailey Mitchell, is an alumnus of Monticello Central School District and SUNY Sullivan and is now attending SUNY Cobleskill for Wildlife Management.

Mitchell came to explain how to identify an invasive species. He told the students that “an invasive species is like a bully in nature.”

He also brought in samples of invasive species such as hemlock wooly adelgid, a house sparrow, stink bugs and others.

Students look at invasive speciesBailey Mitchell explains to  Tara Komatz and Patricia Whipple’s 5th grade classes what an invasive species is.


Mitchell informed the students about an app called New York With the app, they can report invasive species if they see or think they see one. Mitchell’s hopes are that the students are able to take this information and use it to protect nature.

Fifth graders listen to speaker talk about invasive speciesFifth graders Christina Smith and Enrique Ronquillo Zavala looking at the invasive house sparrow.


Bailey Mitchell shows the students a starling that had been taxidermy.