Weston biology class studies duck diversity and evolution

—Bruce Ando photo

It was duck, duck and one goose at Stacey Greenberg’s AP Biology class at Weston High School.

The class recently studied duck diversity and evolution through a program funded by the Weston High School PTO.

Chuck Cerbini, an aviculturist at Livingston Ripley Waterfowl Conservancy, brought a selection of ducks to the class, including ‘Woody,’ a North American wood duck, a black-bellied whistling duck from Central and South America, a mallard duck, and a one-month old magpie goose. The magpie goose species is from Australia and is considered a living fossil; it’s essentially unchanged from fossils that date back to before the extinction of the dinosaurs.

The ducks will be returning in the spring for a similar lesson with standard and honors biology classes.

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