Students participate in ‘Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor’

Photo by Jim McDarbyArianna Camacho

CHATHAM — If you went fishing in the Hudson River on Oct. 22, you may have seen local high school students wading into the water and teeming on the shores. Staff from the Columbia Land Conservancy supervised students from Hudson High School at Lasher Memorial Park in Germantown as they collected data on fish, insects, water chemistry, and site conditions. More than 100 schools and 5,000 students participated in “A Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor” this year.

“We look forward to this event every year,” says Heidi Bock, CLC’s Conservation Education Manager. “Working with the students to collect this data on the Hudson River is exciting, and it’s great to know we’re contributing to monitoring the ecosystem!”

“Day in the Life” students, from first grade to college, partner with environmental education centers to collect scientific data using hands-on field techniques at more than 90 sites from New York City to Albany. Armed with seine nets, minnow pots and water-testing gear, thousands of students catch and release many of the Hudson’s 200-plus species of fish, track the river’s tides and currents, and examine water chemistry and quality. The data collected by students provides insights into an ecosystem spanning 160 miles of the Hudson River and New York Harbor and is posted online within a few days of the event.

Now in its 17th year, “Day in the Life” is sponsored by DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program in partnership with the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. A list of participating schools, site locations, and times can also be found on the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov/lands/47285.html.

CLC’s participation in Day in the Life is funded by a grant from the Hudson River Estuary Program. To learn more about CLC’s public education programs, visit clctrust.org/events.

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