PS 47 Students Remove Exotic Species From Refuge
Students in Ms. Williams's science class at PS 47 worked with the Jamaica Bay Guardian to remove Asian bittersweet, an invasive vine, from the trees at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. "This was a lesson in ecology," said Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society. "They were shown how exotic species can overtake and crowd out native plant species." Invasive plant and animal species are a major problem in many national and state parks and can wreck havoc with natural systems.