A Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor October 22nd

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Two students look at a plastic instrument called a hydrometer to check the salinity of the water in New York Harbor.The waterfronts of the Hudson River and the piers of New York Harbor will bustle with activity on October 22nd as thousands of students armed with seine nets, minnow pots, and water testing gear collect data and study the Hudson River during DEC's 17th annual A Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor. From first grade to college-age, students participating in "Day in the Life" partner with environmental education centers to collect scientific data using hands-on field techniques, capturing a snapshot of the river's ecology. The program also gives students the opportunity to don waders or use a fishing rod to catch and identify some of the Hudson's 200-plus species of fish and myriad invertebrates. Most are young fish, evidence of the Hudson's importance as a nursery habitat.

"A 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. This year, nearly 5,000 students and educators from more than 100 schools will participate. A list of sites and participating schools is available on DEC's Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor web page.

12 young students and 2 teachers in waders hold a long net and stand on the shore of the Hudson at Kingston Point beach.

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Basil Seggos, Commissioner

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