Upper School Students Explore Pigeon Key

Mr. Coggins’ Marine Science students recently returned from the field trip of a lifetime in Pigeon Key, Florida. While there, they snorkeled around Pigeon Key and out on Sombrero Reef, which is the third largest protected coral reef in the world. Students also learned to identify fish at the Pigeon Key research center and at Aquarium Encounters in Marathon Key. Also on the agenda was a long mangrove kayak to gain an understanding of that ecosystem. After finding and identifying invertebrate organisms around the island, students logged all their finds on earthdive.org – a citizen science data collection site. They also studied the photovoltaic array used to power Pigeon Key.