It was a beautiful day for the 21st Annual Day in the Life of the Hudson & Harbor at Hudson Shores Park on October 5th. North Colonie’s fifth grade LEP Program hosted the event with students from all six elementary schools in the district in attendance throughout the day. The data collected by our students is used by the DEC as part of their longitudinal study on the health of the Hudson River.
On this day, “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 Waterford. 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.
Now in its 21st year, “Day in the Life” is sponsored by the DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program in partnership with the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve and Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of the Columbia Climate School.