'Day in the Life of the Hudson River' Data Activities

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Annual Activity Sheets from 'A Day in the Life' Student collected data

Starting in 2009 worksheets and educational materials have been developed docused on the data collected by the students at their sampling sites. Comparing between years shows a dynamic system that adjusts with changes in conditions. Be sure to discuss the metadata with your students.

Activity #1 - Physical System

Almanac Entry

Activity #2 - Biological System
Additional Materials
Metadata 2013
Salinity Worksheet - Student - Teacher Version
A Day in the Life Almanac
Fish Worksheet - Student - Teacher Version
Fishing in 2013
10/10/13 the weather threated rain after a fairly dry August. A second straight year saw salt move up beyond Newburgh. The day was cold, averaging a full 10 degrees Celcius colder than 2012. Cool water temperatures may have contributed to very low fish counts. Many sites netted nothing. ulster catfish seine Tides, Plants? Overall fish counts were down - several sites had empty nets where in past years they had netted fish. In many areas the tides were at the high end of their range, making seining difficult. In the upriver freshwater sites lack of vallisneria (water celery) might have contiburted to low counts of fish as small fish use these beds for protection & foraging.
Metadata 2012
Salinity Worksheet - Student / Teacher Version
Day in Review
10/4/12 heavy mist and rain covered much of the Hudson during the day. Some schools postponed - most participated. The week leading up to the event was wet, although the summer had been very dry with the salt pushed way upriver to Poughkeepsie. Water plant vallisneria (water celery) was mostly absent post hurricanes. River Salinity Weather
striped killi
Metadata 2011
Salinity Worksheet - Student / Teacher Version
10/18/11 the river was extremely turbid & swollen with rain after Hurricane Irene (8/28/11) & Tropical Storm Lee (9/8/11). The salt front was low, pushed down by all the rain. Sampling nets pulled in few blue crab but LOTS of young herring, perhaps sent downriver by the rains.
Pier 95
Metadata 2010

Salinity Worksheet - Student / Teacher Version

A Day in the Life Almanac
Fish Worksheet - Student / Teacher Version
Day in Review
10/14/10 the day began shrouded in fog and for the afternoon samplers ended in rain. Recent rains throughout the watershed had left the river running very full and the salt front pushed down to ~ RM 36 - about half where it was in 2009. The weather was cool and crisp.
bronx river

Metadata 2009

Salinity Worksheet - Student / Teacher Version A Day in the Life Almanac Fish Worksheet - Student /Teacher Version The Blow Out Tide & HRECOS
10/8/09 a 'blow out tide' greeted samplers. The winds had been strong on the Hudson starting midday 10/7/09, and gained strength during the night. The strong wind affected tides which were extremely low exposing large expanses of mudflats. Fish catches were poor. A 10/7 rain event dropped salt levels.

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