According to Science Education Specialist Chris Bowser, eels are the perfect way to get young people interested in their local environment. Bowser, who works for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Estuary Program and Reserve, in partnership with Cornell’s Water Resource Institute, coordinates the Citizen Science Hudson River Eel Project which trains students and other community member volunteers to monitor New York’s local eel populations. Every day, volunteers collect, count, and weigh baby eels that are migrating from their birthplace in the Sargasso sea to freshwater habitats along the Atlantic coastline. After recording data out in the field, students release the eels up above nearby dams and barriers, helping the young eels reach good habitat where they will live for decades, before returning to sea to spawn. In the process, people learn about an animal they knew almost nothing about, and the amazing natural world that exists in their own backyard.
availablepublic82702364998549cove8270The Eel ProjectChris Bowser coordinates a program which trains students to monitor local eel populations.The Eel Project trains students and community members to monitor New York's wild eel populations. Volunteers record data on the eels before releasing them above nearby dams and other barriers. Chris Bowser, who heads the project, works for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Estuary Program and Research Reserve, in partnership with Cornell's Water Resource Institute.2013-04-17 21:00publishdisabledshowfalse8253James Prosek: Painting with EelsArtist and naturalist James Prosek uses an unusual tool to make his art: eels.2013-04-17 21:00http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/files/2014/09/Mezzanine_323-480x270.jpg2364992071cove8251The Mystery of EelsThe mysterious eel is found all over the globe, in fresh and salt water ecosystems alike.2013-04-17 21:00http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/files/2013/04/CU-of-Eels-Heads-480x270.jpg2364992162cove