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August 13, 2016: Ecology
Must have been the hottest day of the year!
Our first visit to Wards and Randalls Island was a great interactive experience. (Ever wonder why the island has two names? It used to be two separate islands that were joined with landfill. The Little Hell Gate salt marsh represents what’s left of the channel that divided them.)
We left Poor Richard’s and headed to the Wards Island Bridge. We dodged the struggling, sweating runners of an obstacle course event along the walking path and made our way north to the tidal marsh, where we found our friends from the Randall’s Island Park Alliance.
Today was part of a larger initiative covering the Hudson River down to Staten Island, coordinated by the state DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program. We learned about some of the aquatic species living in this NYC environment and then we pulled our waders on! Thanks to Dan and Chris and the ret of the Randall’s Island crew for welcoming us.
It was great to actually be in the water on such a hot day. We helped drag the net through the channel, scooping up fish and crabs and counting out the hundreds that we caught—mucho mummichogs.
Ecology matters because understanding the relationships between living things and their environments allows us to be responsible stewards. Our actions affect the world around us. We were glad to have the opportunity to contribute to the efforts to make NYC’s water systems healthier.
Another great walk!
Date: August 13th, 2016
Time: about 5 hours!
Calories: 750 kcal**
Co-leaders: Cappy Collins, Jiamei Huang, Mario Lavelanet, Deysi Martinez, Alicia López, Emma Murphy, Lauren Lee, Rosa Uribe, Akeem Williams
Walking 2.0 mph, slow; 130lbs = 150 kcal/hour