Albertus Students Participate in “A Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor” Program
This is the fifth year that Mrs. Mendelson’s RCC Environmental Pollution class has participated in "A Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor” program. The students examined Hudson River water quality and chemistry, tracked the river’s tides and currents, and studied fish and invertebrates in a virtual setting.
“Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor” is an annual event coordinated by The Hudson River Estuary Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Each fall, environmental education centers are encouraged to team up with school classes along the Hudson River to create a day-in-the-life picture of the river from the Troy Dam to New York Harbor. The event began in 2003 with a modest 300 student participants and has grown to over 5000 students and individual participants in recent years, sampling over 90 sites from the New York Bight up to Peebles Island on the Hudson River. Each year, the accumulated data and results provide a better understanding of this historic and vital estuary system.
Typically, there are 5,000 students and teachers sampling the Hudson on one single day in October each year. Since the DITL Program could not safely promote 80 field trips this year, they worked with over thirty partner organizations to create a series of virtual sampling experiences for the students. This was streamed live via Facebook and through individualized videos.
Albertus students focused on the southern portion of the Hudson River stretching from New York Harbor to Newburgh, NY. They were able to collect and analyze the virtually collected samples in class. The students recorded Temperature, Salinity, Dissolved Oxygen, Turbidity, and identified at least a dozen species of fish and aquatic organisms that inhabit the river and estuary.
The students then participated in a virtual workshop on 12/17 with a guest scientist. This year, students worked with Albertus alumna Ms. Rianna Scanlon (Class of 2015) of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, for a more in-depth analysis and interpretation of the collected data. The post-sampling workshop led my Ms. Scanlon gave the students first-hand knowledge of scientific methods, data analysis and interpretation of large data sets in understanding how natural systems work.