Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Citizen scientists (volunteers) are needed for the Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Project. For more than 10 years a research team has used aerial photographs to map the extent of SAV in the Hudson River to determine how much of this important habitat is available. A group of volunteers has been assisting with annual monitoring by conducting observations at particular locations. The SAV Team is looking for new volunteers who are interested in combining their recreational boating interests with a very real contribution to tracking the status of the Hudson.

Volunteers are given training in Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and the actual data-collection protocols along with information on overall objectives and findings of the research program. Volunteers are reimbursed for travel expenses to and from sites but need to provide their own kayak/canoe and safety gear.

For more information contact David Fischer at (845) 677 5343 or fischerd@caryinstitute.org.