Naturalists from the Columbia Land Conservancy will host the Eighth Annual Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count at Lasher Memorial Park in Germantown on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The public is invited to help explore the amazing variety of slippery, wriggly, and fascinating creatures usually hidden below the river’s surface.
From New York Harbor to its headwaters, the Hudson is home to more than 200 species of fish. During the Fish Count, an event sponsored by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program, participants will collect samples of aquatic life using seine nets. Seining involves pulling a 30-foot net through the water and checking out the fish, crabs, and other river life caught in its mesh. Participants may watch from shore or jump into available waterproof waders to help pull in the net. The fish are released after attendees view them up close.
As the day goes on, results from the many sites included in the Fish Count will be shared and by posting to Twitter using the hashtag #hudsonriverfishcount. Comparing notes will build understanding of the diversity of fishes and habitats in the Hudson, the vitality of the estuarine ecosystem in urban as well as rural settings, and the influence of salinity and tides.
For more information, visit the Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count page on DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/97891.html. While there, watch a clip about seining in the Hudson River on DEC’s YouTube Channel.
More information about CLC, and directions to the event, can be found at clctrust.org/events. Pre-registration for this free event is strongly encouraged.