The Atlantic coast offers a richness of habitats that birds depend on for food, nesting and survival. These same habitats also protect people from natural disasters. But the birds are in trouble.
Audubon at Home is a program by Audubon to provide homeowners and communities with information and downloadable resources to create and maintain healthy yards, to help birds and other wildlife, to participate in neighborhood conservation, and more.
Explore the various events and programs that involve Audubon and birders at large in going tallying which birds are seen when and where in our area. You are invited and encouraged to join us!
Learn about how to make your yard and community more bird friendly in order to help our winged friends that are residents or just passing through, by providing habitat, nesting sites, food, and more .
Learn about various opportunities to become involved in, and to contribute to, our attempts to learn more about birds and other wildlife in our area.
Important Bird Areas have been identified as habitats worth protecting. We have several of New York State's IBAs right here in the Highlands. Check it out.
American Eels at risk from poaching
American eels live in the Hudson River and its fresh water tributaries and only leave to migrate back to the Sargasso Sea, where they were born, to spawn. They are a catadromous fish found along the East Coast of North America and their unique natural history makes them one of the most fascinating animals in our local streams, and the Hudson River Estuary. After she has migrated to the Sargasso Sea the female can lay up to a few million eggs and dies after egg laying. The eggs hatch without parental help and the early stage larvae develop into leptocephali who then drift on the currents toward North America where they metamorphose into glass eels. They then return to their natal rivers and streams to renew the whole life cycle. They can live ten to twenty five years as they mature into adult eels, where they feed on crustaceans and aquatic organisms.
The eels economic value has grown as there is a big demand for them and higher prices have followed. The Associated Press reported that Federal Agencies are now actively pursuing poachers along the East Coast as this practice is jeopardizing the species long term sustainability. “A well-managed eel fishery is critical to the health of rivers and streams they live in” said US Fish & Wildlife Service Deputy Chief of Law Enforcement Ed Grace. “Eels are both predator and prey feeding on fish and mollusks and being eaten by larger fish, sea birds and turtles”.