On Oct. 22, educators from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and more than 50 environmental education organizations traveled to the shores of the Hudson River estuary and piers of New York Harbor with seine nets, minnow pots, and water testing gear to study the Hudson’s fish and invertebrates, track the river’s tides and currents, and examine water quality and chemistry during the annual Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor.
However, this year’s event took place without the 5,000 students and teachers who typically participate, so educators filmed their activities to bring the event to students.
The DEC recently produced three interactive videos to showcase the different fish and river conditions of the upper, middle, and lower Hudson River estuary. The videos, designed for use at home or in the classroom, combine live footage recorded at dozens of locations during Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor. Educators demonstrate how to measure the river’s water temperature, dissolved oxygen, and salinity and show students how to use the Clearwater fish key to identify fish species. Online data sheets are available for recording the results of these activities as students follow along with the videos.
The videos and data sheets are available below and on DEC’s Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor website. Teachers may schedule a distance learning program for their classes or discuss the video lessons with an estuary educator by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hudson River Estuary Program is a program partner of NEIWPCC. This content was originally published in the December 8 issue of the Hudson RiverNet. For more news from the Hudson River Estuary Program, subscribe to the RiverNet on the New York State DEC’s website.