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Volunteers Needed for the 2024 American Eel Migration Project

CURB is now accepting volunteers for the 2024 American Eel Migration Project. Volunteers will assist staff in checking a fyke net for migrating glass eels. The sampling process takes about an hour to complete and includes counting and weighing the glass eels, as well as collecting weather and water quality data. Prior experience is not necessary and CURB will provide all equipment including waders and gloves.

The sampling season typically runs from late February through most of May, and we check the net on Tuesdays - Fridays. Sampling times vary based on volunteer availaibility, but are usually either during the morning or early afternoon. We do not offer evening/weekend hours. A campus shuttle is available for Sarah Lawrence College students.

In addition to eel sampling, volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in our spring seining research, which typically takes place right after our eel counts. Seining is a method of sampling for fish using a 30-foot seine net.

For more information, please contact Outreach Coordinator Jason Muller at

Additional details about the eel project may be found here.