On Saturday, August 13th, we hosted an event called A Day in the Life of the Bronx River to engage residents in learning about their local ecosystems. The purpose was to connect professional scientists conducting different studies throughout the watershed with interested Citizen Science Stewards to learn more about how to get involved in our monitoring programs. It also served to kick-off the new Citizen Science engagement opportunities we’re launching this year.
Despite being the hottest day of the year, 45 Citizen Science Stewards worked alongside 18 professional scientists and 12 members of the Alliance staff to discover what flies, swims, and crawls in the Bronx River. After exploring in small groups at sites ranging from Bronxville to Soundview, everyone came together at Concrete Plant Park in the afternoon for a Data Exchange and Celebration that featured a floating food forest, music, and a report out on what groups found during their morning activities. Find out below what we found or how to get involved in similar stewardship events on the Bronx River!
Thank you to the Sarah K. de Coizart Article TENTH Perpetual Charitable Trust for supporting this event and to our partners at Bronxville Schools; Manhattan College; US Geological Survey; New York University; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; Wildlife Conservation Society; New York Botanical Garden; NYC Parks Natural Resources Group; East Bronx History Forum; Queens College; Columbia University; SWALE; Garbage In, Art Out; Paloma McGregor, dancer; Rocking the Boat; and Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice.
Water Quality Monitoring Testing
Submerged Aquatic Plants at River Park
15735 Potamogeton foliosus, Leafy Pondweed, native.
15736 Elodea canadensis, Canadian Waterweed, native.
17737 Potamogeton crispus, Curly Pondweed, non-native.
15741 Zannichelia palustris, Horned Pondweed, native.
15744 Elodea canadensis, Canadian Waterweed, native.
There were very few submerged aquatics in the area south of the Bridge, except Elodea canadensis and Zannichelia palustris. Disturbance, substrate (fewer rocks) or shade might be factors.
15738 Alnus glutinosa, Black Alder, non-native.
15739 Persicaria lapathifolia, Pale Smartweed, native.
15740 Eclipta prostrata, False Daisy, native.
Experimental Fishing Methods
Fish Species collected in Soundview Park on 8/13:
Look here for more information on this study design and results.
Fish species in other areas:
1 – American eel (at River Park)
Adventures in Birding
Black crowned night herons
Terns- couldn't tell kind
Red tail hawk
Seen the previous week at low tide:
Great blue heron
Little blue heron
Green Infrastructure Monitoring Results: