April 25, 2017 — There are millions of really tiny, baby American eels swimming up the Hudson River and it’s an intriguing look at how species migrate like clockwork.
Every spring American Eel are born in the Atlantic Ocean and they migrate to the Hudson River. These eel are almost transparent and that is why they are referred to as “glass eels.” Like many migrations and species in our world, the American Eel is slowly disappearing and the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program is trying to find out what is happening to the glass eel.
I was hanging out by the river in Poughkeepsie last spring and I noticed a bunch of people standing in the Fallkill Creek, which runs into the river by the Children’s Museum. They were catching little eels and putting them in a bucket to study them. It was part of the Hudson River American Eel Project.