Monthly Archives: June 2017

Happy New York State Path Through History Weekend, UESiders!!

Statewide, of course, with many choice sites in NYC!!

Meanwhile…

Only mid-June and we’ve already amassed 5 air alert days…  Ugh!!

More reason still to nurture our trees (like giving them big drinks of water on torrid days yet to come)…

On to the week ahead:

Friday, June 16th:  NYSkies Astronomy Seminar

McBurney House, 125 West 14th Street between Sixth & Seventh, 6:30-8:30pm 

Star master John Pasmino’s subject this time out:  The summer Milky Way and surrounding stars!!  Free and, as always, so fun!

Saturday, June 10th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

Market Manager Margaret scoop on this week, “Lots of sugar snap peas, strawberries, heads of lettuce and greenhouse tomatoes!!    Samascott’s got strawberries and they are incredible!! Get there early because they are sure to go quickly!  Same for Sikking flowers…  Last Saturday, they sold out by noon!!  Oh, yes!!  Green Meadows Farms and their fabulous shitake mushrooms are back with us, too!!” 

And,also at their tables  will  be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Valley Shepher, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife,  Hawthorne Valley, and Gajeski  Farms!!  

Lucky us, the Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table, too!!

What a fabulous group!

Last 2 week’s recycling totals –   6/1:  42 lbs. batteries; 17 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;  9 compost bins (Sanitation only gave us 9 and poor Moises did a lot of heavy tamping down!) and 42 bags of clothes.  6/9 –  66 lbs. batteries; 14 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 24 pairs of eyeglasses; 11 compost bins and 22 bags of clothes.

(DOS gave us only 9 bins??!!  Hey, DOS!!  We are so much better than that!!)

Thursday, June 22nd:  Oak Wilt Workshop

Grand Conference Room, Trees New York, 100 Gold Street, 6:30pm

Slowly but surely oak wilt’s making inroads among NYC trees…  Identified just last fall in Brooklyn’s Greenwood Cemetery!!  An essential defense: knowledgeable New Yorkers able to identify the symptoms and report an afflicted tree!!  Be one of those knowledgeable New Yorkers!!   Free.  For more and to reserve a place…  

Saturday, June 24th:  Great Backyard Camp Out Day

Anywhere You Can Set Up a Grill, 12:00am-11:59pm

A park…  A campground…  Your backyard…  Your apartment terrace…  The idea’s for Americans to get themselves outdoors  and revel in it!!  Organized by the National Wildlife Federation and they’re hoping for at least 100,000 participants (sleeping out not required)!!    For more (there’re even prizes!)…  And New York State campgrounds… 

SUNDAY, JUNE 25th:  92nd STREET GREENMARKET RE-OPENS!! 

92nd Street at First Avenue, 9am-4pm

Fruit!  Vegs!  Baked goods!  Seafood!!  Honey!  Compost collection!!  Old 92nd Street friends and new ones (Consider Bardwell from 82nd with their – goat cheese, pork and maple syrup!  Central Bakery’s and their fantastic breads and foccaccia!) Just 2 more weeks till 92nd Street returns!!

Coming up soon:

Tuesday, June 27th:  How Are Parks Built?  The NYC Parks Capital Process

Southbridge Towers Community Room, 90 Beekman Street, Manhattan, 6:30pm

Ever wondered how the playground, dog run or ball field in your park got there?   Here’s our chance to learn basics on how NYC Parks funds, designs and constructs our green spaces…  And how we citizens might make them even better!!  Organized by the City Parks Foundation.  Free but you’ll need to register...

Then it’s July:

Thursday, July 6th:  Green Your Event Seminar

GrowNYC Project Farmhouse, 76 East 13th St,  6:30pm

Master the fine art of reducing waste and maximizing recycling at festivals, block parties, athletic events…  You name it…  From the folks who really know how!!  Free but reservations a must!

Saturday, July 15th & Sunday, July 16th:  Formula E Grand ePrix New York

Red Hook, The Brooklyn Waterfront

Electric car racing arrives in NYC!!  And who owns one of the eTeams?  None other than Michael Andretti, son of designated Race Driver (of non- electric Formula 1 cars in the 20th) Century Mario!!  $42-$150.   For more and tickets

Miscellany, stretching activist muscles first:

If you think NYState’s solar farms should be pollinator friendly

And if you also believe that NYState – like Minnesota – should protect those same pollinators from death by pesticide… 

And if you’re also of the opinion that our National Monuments should remain  National Monuments

Then, on the excellent news front:

Assembly Member Seawright was the force behind passage of A.7214, legislation requiring the New York State Department of Health to conduct a study on the high incidence of asthma in Manhattan and to prepare a remediation plan…  Legislation especially pertinent to UES and the area adjacent to the 91st Street MTS!!   (The Senate’s also passed the bill and it’s now en route to the Governor.)

Then there’s this from  the most excellent 1000+ Friends (of Parks):  “When was the last time you saw a press release headline like this: “VETERANS GROVE REOPENS WITH NEW PLAY EQUIPMENT, MONTHS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE”   It happened in Queens last week when NYC Parks Queens Borough Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski today joined Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, Council Member Daniel Dromm, students from St. Bartholomew Academy, and local community members in Elmhurst, Queens, to celebrate the reopening of Veterans Grove after a $2.3 million reconstruction project. The scope of work included a full makeover of the park and surrounding sidewalk, and was completed months ahead of the expected timeline. ”  Double wow, huh?  (Read the rest of the story…)

Prince was an anonymous donor fostering solar energy entrepreneurship!! 

shout-out for Rochester, just named NYState’s 11th Certified Climate Smart Community!!

Okay, so it is the day after Flag Day…  Still fascinating to learn the ins and outs of our 5 boroughs’ separate, distinct and totally individual flags!!

tip of the hat to how Akron’s adapting to its population decline:  Converting a Robert Moses-style belt highway into smaller streets, parks and an urban forest!

Might we have had enough of clever neighborhood renames?  (But fines?)

Poking a toe off the reservation: 

Ever hear of The City Reliquary?  Us neither, but it’s just put out a request for proposals for its upcoming exhibition, “NYC Trash:  Past, Present & Future”!  You don’t have to be a waste management expert, collector of NYC Department of Sanitation ephemera or even an enthusiast of reuse/recycling…  You can just be an ordinary mortal with an interest the past, present, or future of trash in New York City!!  So, let your mind creatively wander and then contact Sarah Celentano, nfo@cityreliquary.org, 718-782-4842!  (Thanks to reader Nick Knoll for the tip!)

Just a tiny taste of the animal kingdom:

ALERT:  There’s a LOST COCKATIEL on the UES…  “Muey” went missing today (Thursday) near Rockefeller University at 64th and York.  Muey’s yellow and grey with orange cheeks.   Call Tara: 347-205-3332.

For those of you crazy enough to have a cable package so vast it includes Epix channels, don’t miss “Eagle Huntress” now being offered On Demand!!

Green from the ground up,

UGS

 

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Happy  World Oceans Day, UESiders!!

And the theme of the 2017 celebration?

Plastic pollution…  Both in the water and on beaches!! 

(Why are we not surprised?!)

Shall we all double down on  our recycling efforts??   

On to the week ahead:

Saturday, June 10th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

Uber Market Manager Margaret speaks, “Samascott has Strawberries and they are incredible!! Get there early because they are sure to go quickly.  Not only is Cherry Lane back but Lew’s got greenhouse tomatoes, some lettuce, squash and more this week.  Old Mother Hubbert now has maple syrup and Rose is making cheese! She has several different flavors, all delicious and all made by hand with milk from her own cows!! 

And, of course, also with us will  be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef,  Alewife,   Hawthorne Valley,  Sikking Flowers and Gajeski  Farms!!

Lucky us, the Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table, too!!

Last week’s recycling totals –  TBA

As the bin count tension builds… 

Wednesday, June 14th:  Young Leaders for a Green Future Forum

Seafarers and International House, 123 East 15th Street, 6:30pm

Could there be anything more cheerful than the presentation of a host of green initiatives by an inspired  great bunch of students?!   The latest in the NY Sierra Club’s Sustainability Series.  Suggested donations:  Adults, $6.  Students, $3.  

Coming up soon:

Thursday, June 15th:  Theodore Roosevelt Park Environmental Impact Hearing

Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th (enter on Columbus Avenue), 6pm

Looks like the Natural History Museum’s about to take that 1/4 acre bite out of Theordore Roosevelt Park…  But citizens have a last chance to weigh in on both sides.    To review the opposing arguments and register to speak…   

Thursday, June 22nd:  Oak Wit Workshop

Grand Conference Room, Trees New York, 100 Gold Street, 6:30pm

Slowly but surely oak wilt’s making inroads among NYC trees…  Identified just last fall in Brooklyn’s Greenwood Cemetery!!  An essential defense: knowledgeable New Yorkers able to identify the symptoms and report an afflicted tree!!  Be one of those knowledgeable New Yorkers!!   Free.  For more and to reserve a place...  

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, July 13th, 14th & 15th:  25th Annual NYS ReLeaf Conference

St. John’s University, Queens

Calling all Tree People!!   We’re talking 3 days of workshops, tours, illustrious tree-centric speakers, a screening of the 9/11 Memorial film “The Trees” and a picnic!  Tickets, $0 – $120.   For full details and to register

Miscellany…  The good and the grouchy:

Maryland’s now joined California as the two states to prohibit routine antibiotic use on farm animals!  (Come on, NYS!!)

Great that NYC passed reforms to the Board of Standard and Appeals…  Meaning we the people’ll have at least a little more say in how big/tall/massive future buildings can be!!

If only he’d seen the light before setting the 91st Street MTS in motion, but good on  former Mayor Bloomberg for his stance on the Paris Climate Agreement and offer to cover America’s $14M share of the accord’s budget.

Meanwhile, Comptroller Stringer’s just announced that the NYC pension fund will be divesting itself of investments in private prisons. 

Happy as we are to have more affordable housing on the UES, check out the latest addition to that short list:   321 East 60th Street…  Midblock on 60th (albeit self-categorizing as “Sutton”), next door to the Sapphire Gentleman’s Club, 3-4 stories  wrapped in a Queensboro Bridge ramp with ramp traffic speeding by on both of the buiding’s street level exposures, its principal tenant amenity (the other being for-charge parking) being a laundry room and views either of the side of the ramp or a pair of giant billboards  some 30 feet away.  (Do the multiplication for the units reserved for mobility/hearing/vision impaired!) nviting, huh?  

Be prepared for the mosquito season

The Times instructs on how to approach our ecological travels

In the who knew department:  Free e-books on the NYC subway and timed to fit our rides!! (Been available since August of 2016!!)

Apple Music first series on its new video platform…  “Planet of the Apps”! 

Macy’s 4th of July fireworks return to the East River in 2017!!

Animals:

And the Bird of the Week is…  The Northern Bobwhite!!

 

No kidding!  There’re 5 and 6-foot sturgeon swimming around in a Lake Cayuga tributary!!  (How big might they get in the lake proper?!!)

Indiana cat foils burgler…! 

On to this week’s entries from the Hudson River Almanac, up first rampaging teen beavers:

5/27 – New Hamburg, HRM 67.5: Our home, Rabbit Island (1.3 square acres), was under siege from beavers. They were thriving. Last week one came ashore and in less than 45 minutes cut down three trees and carted them off the island to parts unknown, all in broad daylight. They have stripped branches off several of our weeping Alaskan cedars and sampled the bark of hemlocks, a gold-thread cypress, and various arbor vitae around the periphery of the island. The biggest loss was a prize 30 year-old lace-leaf weeping Japanese red maple which they dispatched in a few minutes but then couldn’t get past the wire fence we had installed to keep beavers off the island. Our friend, “Trapper Steve” (a licensed trapping instructor) thinks these are adolescent beavers booted out of a local lodge. It is difficult to mount a defense when they could be coming ashore anywhere around the entire circumference of our island. – David Cullen

[Suggestions from Almanac readers would be helpful and most appreciated. Encircling the entire property with chicken wire is not an aesthetically appealing option. We have already put chicken wire around many of the most valuable trees but the island is beginning to look like a giant poultry barn. We currently have two radios with classical music playing at high volume 24/7 hoping to deter further incursions. Trapper Steve believes that short of catching them in a box trap, the best deterrent would be an electric fence. Dave Cullen]

And results of the Great Fish Count in NYC:

6/3 – Hudson River Estuary: During today’s third annual World Science Festival Great Fish Count, we sampled at 17 sites in the lower estuary and around New York City. Our totals were 1,009 fish of 26 species – the highest species total over three years, exceeding the 25 species (2,607 fish) at 15 sites last year. Our 2016 total individuals count – our highest over the three years – was swelled by the 2,000 bay anchovies taken in one seine haul at Lemon Creek Park on Staten Island. Five new species were added to our count list: conger eel (Valentino Pier, Brooklyn); common carp (in 4.0 ppt salinity at Englewood Boat Basin, New Jersey); oyster toadfish (Piers 25 and 84 in Hudson River Park, Manhattan); scup (Kaiser Park, Brooklyn); and cunner (Gantry Plaza State Park, Queens). That brought the total number of species caught over three years to 33.
The bay anchovy was again the most commonly caught fish, although we did not encounter any huge schools this year. The most widely distributed species were winter flounder, bay anchovy, and northern pipefish – each caught at seven sites. Atlantic silversides seemed low this year – only 41 at six sites compared to 270 at nine sites in 2016 and 202 at six sites in 2015.   – Steve Stanne

6/3 – Manhattan, HRM 13-11: As part of the Great Fish Count, we seined two locations in northern Manhattan. Our first stop was Inwood Park near Spuyten Duyvil where the salinity was 8.0 ppt (last year the salinity was 13.5 ppt). Our seine caught a colorful mix of young-of-the-year Atlantic menhaden, Atlantic silversides, bay anchovies, and mummichogs; some of the latter showed splendid male breeding colors. In the back of the net we also found eight quarter-sized winter flounder.

Our next stop was Fort Washington Park, just south of the George Washington Bridge. The heavy rain of the last week had lowered the salinity to 5.0 ppt, well below the 16.0 we found last year. We had hoped for a repeat of last year’s lined seahorse but settled for three (closely related) northern pipefish. There were also Atlantic menhaden, several winter and summer flounder, an impressive hogchoker (140 mm), white perch, and a handful of bay anchovies. We were puzzled by three beautifully marked spotted hake, each nearly six inches long, barely alive, that were floating in the water. We wondered what could have caused their condition.  – Margie Turrin, Brent Turrin, Allison Philpott

[Spotted hake (Urophycis regia) is one of eight members of the cod family (Gadidae) documented for the Hudson River estuary. For a checklist of all 226 species, e-mail trlake7@aol.com. Tom Lake.]

6/3 – Staten Island, New York City: Thirty-five participants helped us sample Lemon Creek on Staten Island for the Great Fish Count. The salinity on the beach was 21.0 ppt as we seined up a silver “confetti” of young-of-the-year bay anchovies and Atlantic menhaden. Additional treasures included striped killifish northern pipefish, winter flounder, windowpane flounder, and several types of Crustacea. In the tidal pond we caught blue crabs, mummichogs, four-spine sticklebacks, an American eel (elver), and a dramatic horseshoe crab. Sea water enters the tidal pond only at high tide, and the salinity was 23.0 ppt. –  Chris Bowser

In greenitude,

UGS

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Happy Tenth Annual World Science Festival Weekend, UESiders!!

Couldn’t be more apropos at this particular moment, yes?! 

And aren’t we lucky it’s happening in NYC?!!

So, count fish…  Study the heavens…  Attend one of multitudinous, fascinating talks, videos, workshops and events and more..  Check the full program out!!

OR…

You could have a pretty darned perfect Saturday right here on the UES!!  Think music, treats, a stellar river view and fun at the Pier 90 Project and with Esplanade Friends!!

Let the weekend and new week begin:

Saturday, June 3rd:  World Science Fair Great Fish Count

17 Waterway Sites in All 5 Boroughs,  Westchester & New Jersey, 9am-4pm

And we quote:  “From Lemon Creek in Staten Island to the shores of the Bronx River, New York’s waterways are teeming with life — and it’s up to you to find it! Led by top marine scientists and biologists in 17 sites, the Great Fish Count gives attendees of all ages the chance to strap on a pair of waders, cast a net, and discover the underwater world in their own backyard!”  Gotta be great!!  Free.  For more and to sign up

Saturday, June 3rd:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

It’s Cooking with Kallos Saturday, people!!  And what will  our Council Member/chef be preparing from fresh, locally-grown/caught Greenmarket ingredients??  Find out and enjoy 11am-1pm!! 

Meanwhile, at their tables will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Ole Mother Hubbert, Alewife, Samascott,  Hawthorne Valley,  Sikking Flowers and Gajeski  Farms!!

YES and the Master Knife Sharpener will be with us, too!!

Last week’s recycling totals –  56 lbs. batteries; 11 lbs. cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 1 pair of eyeglasses; 12 compost bins and 40 bags of clothes

Just brilliant!! 

Saturday, June 3rd:  Pier 90 Project – Summer 2017!!

Pier 90, East River Esplanade at 90th Street, 12-3pm  

Another great day for New Yorkers of all ages by our wonderful river…  Enjoying the music  of the great John Putnam Trio…  Getting your young face painted (even if you’re over 21, don’t hold back!)…    Snacking on goodies from the great COFFEED…  And every bit of it free!!    (Rain date:   Sunday, June 4th)

Saturday, June 3rd:  Saturday Night Lights – Stargazing in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1, 2 Furman Street,  Brooklyn, 7-11pm

And we quote:  “Brooklyn Bridge Park lights up the night’s sky with high-tech interactive and stargazing activities! Step up to a telescope for an up-close look at the moon, Jupiter, and beyond. Back on Earth, join the one-and-only Bill Nye the Science Guy for a Q&A session and book signing. Then, take part in UP! Umbrella Project, a participatory experience created by Pilobolus in collaboration with MIT Distributed Robotics.   Armed with an LED-lighted umbrella, create your own exploding stars and a total eclipse, along with physicists and astronomers in a larger-than-life celebration of our universe. Astronauts Yvonne Cagle and Leland Melvin will also be on hand for space exploration and autograph signing. ”  Free.   And pretty darned awesome.   For more (scroll down)

Saturday, June 3rd:  Movies Under the Stars – “Mission Impossible:  Rogue Nation”

John Jay Park, 77th Street & Cherokee Place, 7:30pm

Unfold that sand chair or stretch out on a blanket  and watch Tom Cruise and team take on their most impossible mission yet:  Eradicating the Syndicate…  The Syndicate being an international rogue organization committed to destroying the IMF!   Free, of course!  Sponsored by Council Member Kallos, of course!!  To sign up… 

Every Wednesday Commencing June 8th:  Compost on the Go!! 

SE corner of Lexington & 96th Street, 7:15-10:00am

YES!!  UES compost collection expands yet again!!  This time making it easy to drop off your compost a stone’s throw from the Lex subway entrance whether you’re on your way to work, heading out to knock off morning errands or just wanting to empty your collection container/freezer more often!!   GrowNYC and DSNY, we thank you big time!!  We UESiders will fill those bins!!

Thursday, June 8th:  Climate Smart Communities Webinar

On Whatever Device Is Handy, 10:30am-12pm

Calling all New Yorkers concerned about future storms/flooding…  The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has a webinar for us…  A webinar packed with preventative info and possible available funds!!   For the lowdown

Friday, June 9th:  Roller Skate Night at Isaacs Park!

Stanley Isaacs Playground Rink, 6-8pm

Free roller skate rental (or bring your own)!!  A live DJ!!   Open to all ages!!  Sponsored by Council Member Ben Kallos.  Did we mention it’s totally free??!!  For more….  To RSVP  (you need to)…

On the horizon:

Tuesday, June 13th:  Growing Food, Growing Healthy Community

Deepak HomeBase, ABC Home on the Mezzanine, 888 Broadway, 7-8:30pm

Discover how such food leaders Stephen Ritz, Tony Hillery, Robert Graham, and Diane Hatz are transforming eating in the Bronx, Harlem and beyond in NYC.  $25.  For more and tickets

Saturday, June 24th:  Care Captain Street Tree Stewardship

Meet at Frederick Douglas Circle, 110th Street and Central Park West, 10am-2pm

Calling all Tree People!!  Make a quantum leap in your tree wisdom in just 4 jam-packed hours strolling the edge of Central Park!!  Learn how to ID trees, assess their health issues and to properly care for them!  Then there’s a tree’s inner life…  How life changes for trees when they leave the forest and enter the urban streetscape!   Please bring water and shoes comfortable for walking. Attendees will receive a street tree care kit, so make sure you register!  

Saturday, June 24th:  Great Backyard Campout Day

Anywhere You Can Set Up a Grill, 12:00am-11:59pm

A park…  A campground…  Your backyard…  Your apartment terrace…  The idea’s for Americans to get themselves outdoors  and revel in it!!  Organized by the National Wildlife Federation and they’re hoping for at least 100,000 participants (sleeping out not required)!!    For more (there’re even prizes!)…  And New York State campgrounds… 

Sunday, June 25th:  92nd Street Greenmarket Re-Opens!! 

92nd Street at First Avenue, 9am-4pm

Fruit!  Vegs!  Baked goods!  Seafood!!  Honey!  Compost collection!!  Just 3 more weeks till 92nd Street returns!!

Miscellany:

Cheers for the NYC DEC for rejecting the (new and unimproved)  EPA’s decision the Hudson has been sufficiently cleansed of PCBs!!

And it’s soon commence replanting trees felled to contained the Asian Longhorned Beetle

Seems childhood allergies are significantly higher in the U.S. than Europe…  

But if you think quality PE is a good thing for NYC kids

Can clean water really not be a right in New York State…?

Incredible the energy and effectiveness of the GVHPS (Greenwich Village Historic Preservation Society) now taking on chain/big box stores now threatening to strip the East Village of its character…   

New great guides for exploring NYC

The right tool for the right job

America’s most misspelled words

Time for some animals:

Wonderful that 60 Liberian chimps used in NY Blood Center experiments are going to retire… 

The laughing gull

Top 15 cutest baby animals…  (Yup, baby skunks and raccoons got mixed up!)

And this week’s installment from the Hudson River Almanac:

5/22 – Manhattan, HRM 1: We checked our collection gear on a rainy morning in Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. One of our crab pots held an oyster toadfish 230 millimeters {mm} long. The killifish traps contained several shore shrimp, mud crabs, amphipods, and mud dog whelk snails. – Melissa Rex, Toland Kister

An Oyster Toadfish

[Oyster toadfish, known colloquially as “oyster crackers,” are common along the Atlantic Coast and in New York Harbor. They set up shop on the bottom of the river and, with strong, sharp teeth, they crush and feed on shellfish such as crabs, oysters, and other bivalves. While they are most often found in salt or brackish water, they can tolerate low salinity and even freshwater for a short time. Tom Lake.] 

5/24 – Manhattan, HRM 1: We checked our collection gear this morning in Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. On one of the killifish traps we found two lined seahorses (85 mm, 100 mm); one was hanging on to the outside of the trap, the other was clinging to the rope. We have also begun to see mud dog whelk snail eggs along the traps and caught our first comb jellies of the season.
– Elisa Caref, Melissa Rex, Megan Moroney

A Comb Jelly Fish

[Comb jellies (Ctenophora) look like jellyfish but do not sting. Like true jellyfish, they are translucent, gelatinous, fragile, and essentially planktonic, drifting at the whim of the wind and current. Peanut to walnut-sized, they often occur in swarms, and are common in warm, brackish estuarine shallows. Gently scoop one with a wet, cupped hand and place it in a small clear container to see the “combs” – eight rows of cilia which beat synchronously to propel the animal lazily through the water. There are two common species in the Hudson – Leidy’s comb jelly or sea walnut (Mnemiopsis leidyi) and Beroe’s comb jelly or pink slipper comb jelly (Beroe cucumis); the former bioluminesces. Tom Lake, Steve Stanne.]

5/26 – Manhattan, HRM 1: We checked our collection gear in mid-morning in Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilac at Pier 25. On the rope of a killifish trap we found a lined seahorse (60 mm). The other traps had shore shrimp, amphipods, mud crabs, mud dog whelk snails, and oyster drill snails. – Megan Moroney, Melissa Rex

Mud Dog Whelk Snail

[The Atlantic oyster drill (Urosalpinx cinerea) is a small sea snail, a marine gastropod. The oyster drill preys on oysters by drilling though their shell to get at the animal inside. – Tom Lake]

An Oyster Drill Snail

An Oyster Drill Snail Plays Peek-A-Boo

We will be ultra green,

UGS

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