Sophomore Adrian D'Souza with approximately 150 of the 757 eels they caught yesterday at Hunters Brook in Wappinger Falls.Sophomore Adrian D'Souza with approximately 150 of the 757 eels they caught yesterday at Hunters Brook in Wappinger Falls.The NYS DEC agreed to do a test run at Hunters Brook located in the village of Wappingers Falls. Our school shared a sample site with a few other schools in the area, including Ketcham, John Jay, and Poughkeepsie Day School. 

On Thursday, April 12th, Lourdes participated in its first day of sampling for the 2018 study and will continue through the month of May. This year Mrs. Cuccia is opening this project to all students and anyone interested in being a part of this project should contact her directly.

According to the NYS DEC, American eels that enter rivers as “glass eels” are in decline and these baseline studies are needed for conservation. By helping to monitor an important fish that is in decline, the students gain valuable field experience and are given the opportunity to study the living environment, work with local communities and receive recommendations from DEC staff. 

Throughout April and May, the students check the nets for juvenile eels that swim up the Hudson from the Atlantic Ocean. Their sampling includes catching, counting, weighing and releasing the eels back. In the 2017 project, our school released over 200 glass eels.