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Satellite Academy Students Aid Eel Monitoring Program

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The Bronx River Alliance regularly hosts students from elementary schools, high schools, and colleges in addition to other organizations. To learn more about the Bronx River Alliance’s Educational Program, contact Damian Griffin at damian.griffin@parks.nyc.gov.the Bronx River Alliance has been monitoring the American eel population in the Bronx River. Tuesday, Ms. Kennedy’s science class from Satellite Academy in the Bronx became another group of student to aid our River Team. Before the class helped record the number of eels in the Artificial Eel Habitat or "eel mop," Alex Severino, Josue Garcia, and Damian Griffin talked to the them about the migration habits of the eels and the work the Bronx River Alliance is doing to insure that the river can become a healthy home for all animals.

Recently, the River Team has placed several eel mops along the river. The maturing eels swim at night to avoid predators and then look for places to hide during the day. When they find the mop, the eels swim into it until an Alliance member comes along and washes them out into a basin. After pouring the water through a strainer, the eels are recorded and then transported above the dam located near the Bronx Zoo. Now the eels can mature in a purely fresh water habitat. The class recorded a several glass eels but also found one more mature eel called an "elver." 

To learn more about the Bronx River Alliance’s American Eel monitoring program, World Fish Migration Day post below.

The Bronx River Alliance regularly hosts students from elementary schools, high schools, and colleges in addition to other organizations. To learn more about the Bronx River Alliance’s Educational Program, contact Damian Griffin at damian.griffin@parks.nyc.gov.

American Eel, Bronx River Alliance Bronx River Alliance Eel class trip(Clockwise from the top left. Student washes an eel mop. Alex, Josue, and Ms. Kennedy strain the water. The elver eel the class found.) 
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