Plans announced for fifth annual fish count
The Rensselaer Land Trust, Schodack Island State Park and New York state Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson River Estuary Program announced Mon., Aug. 1, plans for the fifth annual Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count on August 13. The Hudson River and its watershed are home to more than 200 species of fish. During the annual fish count, visitors help collect fish using nets, minnow traps, rods and reels. A 40-foot net is pulled through the water and the fish, crabs and other river life that get caught in the mesh are examined. “Hauling in the net is always filled with surprises. People are amazed at how many different fish live in the Hudson River,...” said Kristina Younger, President of Rensselaer Land Trust. Participants may watch from shore or help pull in the net. Volunteers who want to stay dry can help out by sharing catch results by texting, or posting to Twitter or Facebook to compare notes with other participating groups. Two events are planned for the 13th, the first at Nutten Hook in Stuyvesant, and the second at Schodack Island State Park. A schedule and more details can be found at www [dot] renstrust [dot] org.