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Saturday, February 24, 2018

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Great Hudson Estuary Fish Count Seeks Volunteers to Help Net Fish

The fifth annual Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count will take place at sites along the Hudson River on August 13. The public is invited to join the Rensselaer Land Trust and Fran Martino, River Haggie Outdoors, as they explore the amazing variety of slippery, wriggly and fascinating creatures usually hidden below the river's surface.

Rensselaer Land Trust will sponsor two events on August 13th from 3-4:30 p.m. at  Nutten Hook in Stuyvesant, and a second event from 7-8:30 p.m. Schodack Island State Park.  Volunteers are needed to help capture fish using a 40-foot seine net, sort and count species, and release fish back into the Hudson.

The Hudson and its watershed are home to more than 200 species of fish. During the Fish Count, participating organizations encourage visitors to help collect fish using seine nets, minnow traps, rods and reels. Seining involves pulling a 40-foot net through the water and checking out the fish, crabs and other river-life caught in its mesh. Participants may watch from shore or jump into available waterproof waders and help pull in the net.

“Hauling in the net is always filled with surprises,” remarked Kristina Younger, President of Rensselaer Land Trust.  “People are amazed at how many different fish live in the Hudson River, and the Fish Count gives us an opportunity to share health advice on eating fish caught from the Hudson with program participants,” she continued.  NYS Department of Health offers advice about eating fish dependent upon who you are, where you fish, and what you catch.  

 Volunteers who don’t want to get wet can help out by sharing catch results by texting, or posting to Twitter or Facebook to compare notes with other participating groups.  Comparing notes promotes understanding of the diversity of fishes and habitats in the Hudson, the vitality of the estuarine ecosystem in urban and rural settings, and the influence of salinity and tides.

 Funding has been provided by Health Research, Inc. to Rensselaer Land Trust for education and outreach about NYS Department of Health’s Hudson River Fish Advisory Project, and in cooperation with NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program, and Schodack Island State Park.   Rensselaer Land Trust (RLT) is a non-profit organization organized exclusively for the purposes of protecting and preserving real property in Rensselaer County.  RLT’s eight nature preserves are open for the public for visitation, and they offer a wide variety of events and workshops, from hikes to wreath-making, kayak/canoe trips to cave spelunking.  For event schedule and more details, visit  For more information about the Great Hudson Estuary Fish Count, visit the DEC’s website at


Saturday, Aug 13, 2016 3:00 pm
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VOLUNTEER DAY–Annual Tomhannock Reservoir Shoreline Clean-Up

Tomhannock Cleanup 4.25.15 by Trix Niernberger

We need you!  This reservoir provides drinking water to over 135,000 people in our region. We will work regardless of the weather.  

Sign-up to Volunteer HERE

Or contact Paul Schroeder by e-mail or call 518-674-2480.

Saturday, Apr 15, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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VOLUNTEER DAY: Troy Urban Trails at John B. Staalesen Vanderheyden Nature Preserve

Come help us get started working on the Wynants Kill Trail in south Troy. Our work will be a collaboration with Troy to develop the trail from Rensselaer Land Trust’s John B. Staalesen Vanderheyden Nature Preserve to Troy's Burden Pond Park. Depending on how many volunteers we have registered, we will pick- up trash and take on some trail maintenance at various locations.  We will start work at 9:00, but the time is flexible. 

To get involoved call Bob Crowley (518-283-7364) or Joe Durkin (518-279-9870) for more information.

Meet at the Staalesen Preserve, Wynantskill Way, Troy.

Directions John B. Staalesen Vanderheyden Nature Preserve

The main entrance to the John B. Staalesen Vanderheyden Preserve is in South Troy off Campbell Avenue at the end of Wynantskill Way in the Vanderhayden Estates residential development. Campbell Avenue runs from Route 4 at the Burden Pond Park up to Spring Ave, which in turn intersects with Pawling Avenue (NYS Route 66). From the intersection of Wynantskill Way and Campbell Avenue, just east of the intersection of Campbell Avenue and Spring Avenue, take Wynantskill Way to its end and continue straight ahead past the metal gate to the parking area next to the Capital Roots community John B Staalesen Vander

Saturday, May 6, 2017 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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iMapInvasives Training Program (NYS invasive species database)

Become part of New York’s invasive species early detection network by learning how to use iMapInvasives, an online mapping system shared by citizen scientists, educators, and natural resource professionals. All interested groups are encouraged to help keep the map up-to-date and accurate by reporting invasive species locations and control efforts. You can even use your smartphone to report new findings.
The NY Natural Heritage Program will offer free sessions throughout the state this spring, with beginner and advanced levels, plus identification sessions at some of the locations.
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM - Gather and Coffee
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM- Invasive species identification
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM- Intro to iMapInvasives and Mobile App
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM - Brown Bag Lunch
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM - Spatial prioritization overview and other iMap tips and tricks
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Walk outside to practice data collection with iMap Mobile App
3:00 PM - Wrap up and adjourn
(Please bring your own lunch if staying for all sessions)
Join us for a hike through a hemlock-northern hardwood forest, successional old field, and a sugar maple and red oak community in search of invasive plants. Fortunately you'll see some native plants too. You'll also see a 17th-century Mohawk (Kanienkehaka) village site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The hike involves a moderately strenuous, but short uphill walk. Bring the usual hats and bug spray.

Learn more HERE

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 9:30 am - 10:30 am
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Volunteer Day Third Annual Water Chestnut Pull at the Johsonville Dam on the Hoosic River

Join us in our ongoing effort to keep the boat launch above the dam navigable. Learn about invasive species first hand!  It is dirty and tiring work, but the path has been getting a bit easier every year.  Both boat based and land crew needed.

Co-sponsored with Brookfield Renewable, Hoosic River Watershed Association, and the Johnsonville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. 

Pre-register to receive free lunch by e-mailing Kristina Younger



The Hoosic River Property is on the north side of NY Route 67, 0.3 mile west of the center of Eagle Bridge, and 0.2 mile east of the intersection of Route 67 and Beck Road. The Hoosic River Property is 1.5 miles west of the intersection of Routes 67 and 22; and 11 miles east of the intersection of Routes 67 and 40 in Schaghticoke. The entrance is marked by a wooden brown and yellow NYSDEC sign.

Saturday, Jun 17, 2017 9:00 am
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Hudson River Fish Count at Schodack Island State Park

What will be in our net this year?  Citizen Science Volunteers are needed to join the Rensselaer Land Trust and Fran Martino, River Haggie Outdoors, for the Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count to be held at Schodack Island State Park. 

Volunteers can help record and send data from ashore, or hop into a pair of our chest waders for loan to help capture fish using a 40-foot seine net.  Fish species will be sorted, counted, and recorded; and then released back into the Hudson. Meet at the main boat launch. 

For more information contact Fran Martino (518) 766-0010.

Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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