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Volunteer for the 2020 American Eel Migration Project!

CURB is seeking volunteers for the 2020 American Eel Migration Project. This is our 7th year of participation in this research program which is organized by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. CURB is one of about 15 sites located along the Hudson River that will be sampling for eels using a fyke net stationed in our marsh. American eels migrate from the Sargasso Sea (where they are born) to the Hudson River in search of freshwater tributaries. They typically arrive in late February as glass eels (1 yr old American eels), and the migration continues through May. This program was developed in order to track the population of American eels in the Hudson River. They are a key indicator species which gives us a snapshot of the health of the Hudson River.

Volunteers assist staff with our daily eel counts which take place during the afternoon on Tuesdays - Fridays. Sampling includes wading out to the fyke net in waders, emptying the net into a bucket, counting and weighing the glass eels, and collecting weather and water quality data. The entire sampling process takes about an hour to complete. Sampling times are Tuesdays - Thursdays from 3:30 - 4:30pm and Fridays from 2:00 - 3:00pm. We unfortunately are not able to offer evening or weekend hours.

Since sampling occurs in our tidal marsh with varying water levels and wet and muddy conditions, volunteers must be ages 14+. Typically volunteers will choose one day per week and then come in on that day throughout the duration of the project (13 weeks). We ask that volunteers be reliable! All equipment (waders, gloves, etc.) is provided.

Eel Volunteer Flyer

Eel Volunteer Guide (Important project details, please read before applying!)

For more information or to sign-up, contact Outreach Coordinator Jason Muller at jmuller@sarahlawrence.edu. In addition to individual volunteers, we do schedule group sampling visits. Please contact Jason for more details.