Resources: Teaching about Wildlife Migration

Blue-spotted salamander by Josh Hunn, NYS DEC.

This daylong program aimed to foster place-based learning and promote conservation and public understanding and enjoyment of the Hudson Estuary.

The NYS DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program and Teaching the Hudson Valley sponsored the program in December 2017.

Morning presentations provided 140 teachers and environmental/park educators with a basic understanding of the migration patterns of forest amphibians, such as wood frogs and spotted salamanders; birds,  fish, and eels. Presentations included:

Forest Amphibians and their Annual Migration, Laura Heady, conservation and land use coordinator, Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University. Download a PDF of her presentation, 34 images.

High school students working with the NYS DEC on an eel study in the Enderkill. Photo courtesy of DEC.

Migratory Fish of the Hudson River, Amanda Higgs, fisheries biologist, Hudson River Estuary Program/Cornell Dept. of Natural Resources. Download her 25-slide PowerPoint.

The Eel’s Amazing Migration: A Focus on the Adult Spawning Run, Sarah Mount, science educator, Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. Download her PowerPoint, 22 slides.

The afternoon featured a dozen workshops sharing activities and strategies for use in the classroom and less formal educational settings. Presenters came from the Hudson River Estuary Program plus:

Download the complete program as a PDF. For additional information, please email Rebecca.Houser@dec.ny.gov or phone 845-256-3115. Rebecca is an education associate with the Estuary Program and an environmental analyst with New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC).