October 26, 2016--Cohoes High School science teachers brought their students to Peebles Island to gather evidence and conduct field testing as a host site for the 'Day in the Life of the Hudson River Estuary' on Thursday, October 20.
Students collected and observed water and riverbed samples. They tested ph levels and temperatures. Some walked waist-high in waders with fishing nets to catch and release fish and other specimen. The morning was full of hands-on science activities, and students were able to move to each station to observe and test different aspects of the Hudson River ecosystem.
Across New York, “Day in the Life” school classes, from first grade to college, partner with environmental education centers to collect scientific data using hands-on field techniques to capture a snapshot of the river’s ecology at more than 80 sites from New York City to Albany.
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 and is posted online within a few days of the event.
Now in its 14th year, “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.