For the next month, the threatened Blandings turtles will be heading out of the wetlands and going to nesting areas to lay their eggs. Every night volunteers will go out to walk the nesting areas and track turtles in order to save these nests. When we find a nesting female, we will place a cage over the nest to protect it from predators. After the incubation period, we will be going out every day to check the cages for the babies and then we will place the babies in the wetlands.
Date/Time: May 28-June 28, 2010, most evenings from 6pm-10pm (can come anytime in that time frame)
Location: Arlington High School Bleachers - by the big athletic fields with the lights, 1157 Route 55, LaGrangeville, NY
What to bring: Knee boots or waders (we do have extras too!), flashlight with red cellophane or night setting (we will have some extra of these too), bug spray, water.
What it involves: some light exercise - walking around .5-1 mile up and down the fences and in the nesting areas. There is some work to be done in the wetlands too, but no heavy lifting or difficult labor.
or call one of the above numbers.
Alewives and Blueback herring are two of four species in the Herring Family that migrate into the Hudson River and its tributaries to spawn. These species play an important role in the Hudson River ecosystem and are also sought after by people for food and bait. Although a valuable resource, river herring stocks along the East Coast are declining. No single cause has been identified, but it is likely a combination of dams (which restrict their migrations into tributaries to spawn), invasive species such as the zebra mussel, over fishing, bycatch losses (caught in fisheries that target other species), and increases in predator populations.
Project Description: Volunteers will monitor (look for presence or absence) for river herring at a specific tributary in their area, usually viewing from a bridge or other good vantage points on the creek. During each monitoring trip, volunteers will fill out a simple data sheet with observations.
HBRW works to improve the water quality of the Hudson River and all its tributaries through education, community involvement, and stewardship. They provide hands-on science education programs to schools and stream monitoring workshops to environmental organizations, individuals, and agencies. HBRW has also published a guidance document for stream assessments.