Covering Climate in the Classroom More>
"Understanding the relationship between weather and climate are
important first steps to understanding larger-scale global climate
change," says NYSG Hudson Estuary Specialist Nordica Holochuck, who
tested this and other lesson plan concepts with educators during a
mid-November workshop on climate change and its impacts. Holochuck has
been working with partners from Cornell University and the New York
State Department of Environmental Conservation's Hudson
River Estuary Program on this new series of teaching curricula designed
to help middle school students understand climate and
weather basics and explore climate change-related issues close to home
in the Hudson River Valley. The teaching curricula fit into Learning
Standards for New York State, Next Generation Learning Standards and the
Partnership Puts Accessibility for All at Boat Launches and Waterfront Parks Within Reach More>
Through a partnership with with the Northeast Americans with
Disabilities Act Center at
Cornell’s school of Industrial and Labor Relations and the NYS
of Environmental Conservation's Hudson Estuary Program, New York
Sea Grant evaluated a series of boat launches and adjacent beach areas
located along a 100 mile stretch of shoreline on both sides of the
Hudson River. Why? To increase recreational access to New York’s
waterfront resources for people with disabilities.
On YouTube: Geospatial Literacy: Examining Coastal Change Over Time With New York City Teachers More>
Since 2008, New York Sea Grant and Cornell University's Institute for Resource
Information Sciences Geospatial Program and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have been guiding educators—
65 in the last two years alone—
series of mapping exercises drawn from a Web-based mapping project on
how coastlines change over time along more than 500 miles of New York's
urban coastal and estuarine environments.
Teachers Offer Each Other Activity Ideas at NYC Marine Science Workshop More>
This interactive "share-a-thon," the third of its kind in as many
years, links teachers up with innovative curricula ideas related to
marine science subjects and programs.
On YouTube: A Day In The Life Of The Hudson River More>
In mid-October, environmental education centers and school classes all
along the tidal estuary collected and shared scientific information to
portray the river ecosystem as part of the New York State Department of
Environmental Conservation-run event. Thousands of students from around
the State used hands-on field techniques to describe their sites, caught
fish in nets, collected water and invertebrate samples, and examined
water chemistry parameters. As NYSG's Hudson River specialist Nordica
Holochuck discovered, beyond just being a field trip, a “Day in the
Life” allowed students to collect first-hand information about their
communities’ natural resources and explore how their piece of the river
fits into the larger ecosystem.
On YouTube, On Air: Cornell Researchers Find Contaminants May Cause Birds to Sing a Different Tune More>
Within days of being published in the journal PLOS ONE in
mid-September 2013, the findings of this New York Sea Grant-funded
Cornell Lab of Ornithology research generated many tweets (no pun
intended) and posts on, respectively, Twitter and Facebook. The project
also garnered a great deal of news coverage from print and
online sources, wherein investigators elaborated on their study of
songbirds that exhibited inconsistency in their songs.
Could this occurrence be caused by contaminants that persist in the
sediments of the Hudson River region? Read on for more on this project's
findings, including video and audio clips.
On Air: How PCBs Alter Bird Songs More>
NYSMEA-NYSG Second Teacher Share-A-Thon a Success More>
do tectonic plates, fish tanks, and baby birds have in common? They
all were presentations at the April 28th, 2013 Marine Science
Share-A-Thon workshop held at Mercy College, located in Dobbs Ferry,
N.Y. on the Hudson River.
- Pre-event news item: NYSMEA Marine Science Activity Workshop More>
SBU Researchers Evaluate How Coastal Marine Habitats Are Classified More>
a two-year NYSG-funded research project that wrapped up earlier this
year, a Stony Brook University research team provided insights about
benthic habitats, from the Hudson River to Jamaica Bay to several
embayments on Long Island's North Shore as well as its Peconic Bays
NYSG's Extension Specialists Honored for Excellence in 2012 More>
Last Fall, two of New York Sea Grant's own were honored for excellence
by the Great Lakes Sea Grant Extension Network. These acknowledged
efforts added to that of a handful of other NYSG specialists who
received their own recognitions within the year.
Are Birds Singing a Different Tune? More>
Investigators of a NYSG-funded project examined the birdsong of several
songbirds common to New York State as an indicator of effects of
exposure to sublethal levels of contaminants such as PCBs
(polychlorinated biphenyls) in the environment.
Sea Grant Helps Cornell Document Change, Develop Educational Curricula for NYC Sites More>
Since 2008, Cornell Institute for Resource Information Sciences and NYSG
have been developing stewardship education materials to help educators
better understand and teach students about coastal change over time in
our NY-NJ Harbor-Hudson region’s urban coast and the resulting impacts
to its coastal environments.
NYSG Discover Clean & Safe Sailboat Makes 1st Visit to Clearwater Festival June 16-17 More>
Identifying Distinct Sturgeon Population Segments More>
The Atlantic Sturgeon, the ancient-looking fish covered with bony plates rather than scales, was once abundant along the eastern seaboard and in major river systems from Labrador to Northern Florida. But human activities such as damming rivers, pollution and extensive harvesting have reduced the number and size of its populations and in February 2012, the Atlantic Sturgeon was federally listed as endangered.
NYSMEA’s ‘Share-A-Thon’ A Success More>
New York Sea Grant and longtime partner New York State Marine Education
Association share the value of the “train-the-trainer” approach to
teaching marine science. A recent joint venture was the March 2012
Marine Science Share-A-Thon held at Columbia University’s Teachers
College, where teachers shared and acquired innovative lesson plans and
other materials for students while earning professional development
NYSG partners with NYSMEA for a March 2012 Marine Science Share-A-Thon in New York City More>
Hudson Tourism More>
There are many opportunities throughout the summer season for both
residents and tourists of the Hudson River Valley to engage in cultural,
nature-based and water recreation activities.
NYSG's Nordica Holochuck co-wrote the introduction for this special Spring 2011 issue of The Tidal Exchange, devoted entirely to NY-NJ Harbor Estuary education More>
That Settles It: Sediment transport in the Hudson River More>
With NY Sea Grant funding, researchers from Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences conducted the first-ever modeling of size-resolving sediment tracking in the Hudson River.
Partners Make a Splash with Project WET’s “Discover the Hudson River”: New Resource for Teachers and Students Studying the Hudson More >
Through lively text, colors, games, maps and activities, a new Project WET booklet provides information about the Hudson watershed, the variety of wildlife the river supports, and the many ways people influence and are influenced by the Hudson River.
Exploring the Hudson More>
Throughout a large part of the year, especially in the summer and fall months, Hudson River Valley (HRV) residents and tourists are, as a new New York Sea Grant publication confirms, out kayaking, windsurfing, motor boating, fishing and even swimming along New York’s most famous river.
NYSG revises Exploring the Estuary! A Teacher’s guide to the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Region More >
New publication on Tourism and Community Sustainability in the Hudson River Valley, August 2009 More >
- And for more on this NYSG-funded research project on Hudson Valley tourism, check out the keypoints from an upcoming late-Fall '08 full publication on "Resident and Visitor Engagement in Three Communities" (pdf) as well as a study summary from our Fall '07 issue of Coastlines (pdf)