C&NN Associate Brother Yusuf Abdul-Wasi contributes the following:
Paddling Tivoli North Bay
On an easy Sunday morning this fascinating tidal marsh in Dutchess County, offered our group of inner-city youth, teachers and family members an up-close exploration of spectacular plants, interesting wildlife, and scenic views of the Catskills. With the superb eco-guidance and interpretation of Chris Bowser (Science Education Specialist at New York State Department of Environmental Conservation) and our own Brother Yusuf Burgess (Outdoor Educator and YENN Program Director), we discovered a bald eagle flying high in the sky; banded killifish skipping along the top of the water; red-wing blackbirds flying above the marsh and blooming wildflowers in this natural perennial garden. Navigating through the marsh in canoes and kayaks, we also enjoyed unique sights, sounds, and smells as we wandered through one of the most amazing protected sites on the Hudson.
Adorned with water-proof hip-boots or waders members of the group submerged themselves chest-deep into the tidal marsh…schooling fish, eels and other river life in seining nets. This catch and release fishing exercise was especially fascinating to our younger members who filled buckets with live specimens that they dredged ashore, identified and ceremoniously released back to their habitat.
This was another Get Outdoors and Learn (GOAL) “Ed-Venture” hosted by the Youth Ed-Venture and Nature Network of Albany, New York. Where we know that:
It is important that youth have an opportunity to bond with the natural world, to learn to love it, before being asked to heal its wounds.
The Youth Ed-Venture and Nature Network is not a
Gang Prevention Program… We are a Program that Prevents Gangs…
“Using the Power of Nature to Transform Urban Youth”
What is an Estuary?
An estuary is a body of water formed where freshwater from rivers and streams flows into the ocean, mixing with the seawater. Although influenced by the tides, estuaries are protected from the full force of ocean waves, winds, and storms by the reefs, barrier islands, or fingers of land, mud, or sand that surround them.
See the photo album: http://childrenandnature.ning.com/photo/albums/albany-s-youth-ed-ve...