Teaching about Wildlife Migration
Dec. 4, Hyde Park

Critical habitat…contain[s] the physical or biological features…essential to the conservation of endangered and threatened species….  US Fish & Wildlife Service (more)

A number of migratory species use the Hudson Valley’s critical habitat as breeding and spawning grounds. During this CTLE-approved professional development day, schoolteachers and non-formal educators will  learn more about eels, bald eagles, striped bass, and sturgeon — their habits and how to teach about them in active ways.

Participation — 8:45 to 4, Monday, Dec. 4 — is free and includes lunch, but advance registration is required. Register here by November 28.

We will meet at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor and Education Center on the grounds of the Home of FDR National Historic Site and the Presidential Library and Museum. The program is sponsored by the Hudson River Estuary Program, New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation and Teaching the Hudson Valley.

Click for report: Citizen Science Programs Advance the Public Understanding of Science  — Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education

Program in formation

During the morning session experts will discuss migratory species prevalent in the Hudson Valley and participants will learn about ways for teachers and students to get involved in citizen science. These projects have shown remarkable results in helping students gain knowledge and understanding about particular organisms as well as learning about scientific investigations and processes.

In the afternoon experienced educators from classrooms and non-formal settings will present hands-on activities that explore ideas for teaching about migratory species. The Estuary Program and THV aim to foster place-based teaching and learning,  encourage conservation, and promote public enjoyment of the river. Consequently, the day’s program will include time for participants to renew acquaintances, learn about valuable resources, and share ideas for partnerships that can build our knowledge and understanding of the Hudson River.

For more information, please email or phone (845-256-3115) Rebecca Houser at the Estuary Program.

Left to right: Hudson River Estuary Program’s educator, Steve Stanne; HREP biologist Kris McShane, and Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies senior fellow Andy Revkin, with a 120 lb. Atlantic sturgeon.

Glass eels by Leon Liao submitted to National Geographic’s “Your Shot,” 2012.