PO BOX 322
New Baltimore, NY 12124
DEC CITIZEN SCIENCE EEL MONITORING PROJECT
Since NYS Department of Environmental Conservation first initiated the New York state ‘Citizen Science’ monitoring program for the declining American eel, Anguilla rostrate, Conservancy volunteers have been manning the fyke net positioned in the Hannacroix Creek and collecting, documenting and releasing glass eels who have migrated from their birthplace in the Sargasso Sea, up the Hudson River, into the Hannacroix Creek where they will spend up to 15 years, living, eating, maturing before migrating out — presumably, back to the Sargasso to reproduce. A classic ‘catadromous’ species, eels are seeing substantive population declines along the East Coast. Volunteers collaborate with DEC and the Cornell Cooperative Extension staff and get to enjoy the beautiful little wrigglers, have the chance to wade into the Hannacroix on a totally different level, espy the occasional mud puppy, great blue heron, kingfisher and meet some extremely interesting human life forms, to-boot. More formal information is available at the DEC eel project facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Hudson-River-Eel-Project-166121100158224/ and/or the DEC website for the program: www.dec.ny.gov/lands/49580.html.