Students in the Gifted and Talented Program spent a “Day in the Life of the Hudson River Estuary,” taking samples of the water and soil at the Mayor James Cavanaugh Hudson Shores Park in Watervliet.
The students used a seine net to catch and study fish, catching nine spot-tail shiners, and also performed chemical tests for PH and dissolved oxygen in the water.
In addition to fishing and fish identification, students also studied core samples and used a turbidity tube to monitor the turbidity of the water. On the dock, students observed the tides and currents by measuring the depth and observing an orange which was thrown into the water. They also recorded air and water temperatures for the day.
While the students were there, they were joined by Department of Environmental Conservation officials who shared with them suckers, catfish, American eels, small mouth bass, and other marine life found in the Hudson River.
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