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National Estuaries Week September 19 -26, 2020

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The NYSDEC Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve (HRNERR) and Hudson River Estuary Program (HREP) are excited to participate in National Estuaries Week in several ways:

Virtual River: HRNERR/HREP education staff are excited to announce the launch of our Fall 2020 Virtual River educational series. We will kick off the first week of exciting online offerings with “What is an Estuary?” on September 21st. Students, teachers, educators, and families are invited to watch short engaging videos released weekly exploring our natural environment, including lots live animals. Each Virtual River update includes educational activities and lesson plans for use at home, in the classroom, online, or outside. Celebrate and explore environmental science on the Hudson River wherever you are this fall with the Virtual River. 

Sign up for weekly updates or check out the Virtual River webpage.

Facebook Live: On Wednesday, September 23 at 12:30 pm, everyone is invited to check out the Hudson River Estuary with a special edition of DEC Facebook Live. Educators Chelsea Moore and Chris Bowser with seine for fish at the Norrie Point Environmental Center, check out the species and tides and water quality they observe, and answer questions from the audience, live and online.

 Submerge Festival: One of our videos, the Eel Story, will be featured at the Hudson River Park Trust’s annual SUBMERGE science festival on Thursday September 24 between noon and 1:00pm, and HREP/HRNERR education coordinator Chris Bowser will speak on a live panel about estuary animals and habitats. The Submerge Festival brings together dozens of organizations dedicated to education and research on New York Harbor and the Hudson River Estuary.


Estuary Hero Aidan Mabey with an eel

Estuary Hero Aidan Mabey holds an American eel (Anguilla rostrata)

Estuary Hero Aidan Mabey: This Hudson River Estuary Hero was recruited to the Hudson River eel project when she was in high school and has climbed the stewardship ladder to become one of the most influential educators in the Hudson Valley. Thirteen years later, and Aidan Mabey is still hanging around with her high school sweetheart – the American eel (Anguilla rostrata). Every spring, Aidan takes students into tributaries of the Hudson River to check specialized fyke nets for juvenile American eels.



Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve System

Tivoli Bays Launch Closure – 2020

The canoe and kayak launch on the Kidd Lane access road at Tivoli Bays WMA is closed for renovations until further notice. At this time, DEC does not have an estimated completion date for the project. Please contact Nathan Ermer at 845-256-3047 for more information about this project. Thank you for your patience and understanding.