Community Service: Oyster Monitoring at Soundview Park
June 17 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am$15.00
There's no better way to get to know your community than through service projects! For this volunteer event, you'll be getting up close and personal with oysters, fish and other marine animals for an Oyster Monitoring activity at Soundview Park in the Bronx for some fun in the sun.
Did you know that one oyster can filter more than 50 gallons of water in a single day? For the first time, will be working with the NYNJ Baykeeper organization for what promises to be a rewarding and engaging Oyster Monitoring activity. Volunteers will put on waders and go out to a Bronx Oyster Reef, where we will be collecting data on oyster growth, mortality, species present, and natural recruitment. We will also do a shoreline survey which includes collecting and measuring oysters along the beach.
For more than a century, oysters have made up one of the region’s most valuable commercial fisheries, and the filter-feeder continues to clean our waters and offer food and habitat to other animals. But over-harvesting, disease, pollution and habitat loss have led to a severe drop in oyster populations. Organizations like, NYNJ Baykeeper, are working to manage harvests, establish sanctuaries, overcome the effects of disease and restore reefs in an effort to bring back the bivalve.
This is a great way to spend a day at one of New York's most beautiful parks while making new friends, learning about something new, and help out a great cause.
- Noa Watkins
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