Learning About Invasive Species

In the Hudson River Valley, many invasive species plague our waterways, wetlands, and uplands. These fish, plants, and invertebrates are not native to our ecosystem and cause harm, often by out-competing native species or changing habitats. Usually invasive species do not have natural predators in the environment to which they are introduced, and their populations are able to grow, unchecked by predation!

Sam talks about invasive species and the Hudson River Watershed

Sam talks about invasive species and the Hudson River Watershed

Here at Clearwater, we are concerned about the many fish and plants that are invasive to our beloved Hudson River. On a sail with the Cary Institute for Ecosystem Studies, Clearwater’s Invasive Species Program Coordinator, Sam came aboard to teach passengers about Hudson River invasives.

Community members were engaged and asked lots of questions about what they can do to stop the spread of these organisms. One of the most proactive things boaters can do to stop aquatic invaders is, “Clean, Drain, Dry!” Most aquatic invasives spread via boating, so cleaning and draining your boat of water before entering a new waterway is imperative.

Sam also taught passengers about aquatic invasive plants like hydrilla. Passengers viewed examples of aquatic invasives displayed in our fish tank such as weather fish, goldfish, zebra mussels, and water chestnuts. It was a fantastic sail filled with learning, participation, and community education.

-Nicole

Meet our Summer Ed Interns!

This summer we welcome two new crew members to our education team, Kate and Nicole.

kate

Kate says, “I am from Cape Ann, Massachussetts, where I grew up messing around in boats, tidepooling, and collecting smelly treasures to go into natural ‘dioramas.’ I studied Earth and Environmental Science (geology!) at Wesleyan University and was lucky to spend my spring semester of 2014 on the Robert C. Seamans with SEA, studying climate science and singing on bow watch. After graduating about a month ago, I am super-excited to get back on the water to learn and teach about the Hudson River. In my free time, you will find me planting or picking flowers, cooking, and continuing to glue things together.”

nicoleNicole says, “I was born and raised in the Ocean State, in Cumberland, Rhode Island. I recently graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Biology and Environmental Sciences. This is my first time on a tall ship and I am super excited to live aboard and teach kids about the Hudson River! I really like insects, dancing, and long bike rides to nowhere. If I could own any exotic pet, it would be an orangutan and my favorite cheese is sharp cheddar.”