The Hudson: An Illustrated Guide to the Living River

Clearwater will be celebrating the publication of the 3rd edition of The Hudson: An Illustrated Guide to the Living River with a 4-part webinar series. Join us for a fun and illuminating exploration of this river we all love.

Cost: FREE for Clearwater Members, $7 per night for non-members.

When: 7:30pm on the following dates…

January 13, 2021: Steve Stanne – “Of Time and Rivers Flowing: The Physical Hudson”.

Fresh and salt water; ebb and flood currents; high and low tides; depths dark as night and shallows full of sun – this talk will explore the dynamic forces influencing life in this arm of the sea.

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January 20, 2021: Dr. Roger Panetta – “New Ways of Seeing: Panoramas of the Hudson River”.

An examination of the rise of the panorama craze in the nineteenth century and the focus on the Hudson and other rivers as topics of study. Are there contemporary iterations – does this way of seeing the river exist today?

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January 27, 2021 Dr. Brian Forist – “Tales and Tails From School: Reflections on Teaching About Hudson River Fish”.

This talk will focus on a Clearwater educator’s time teaching about the 200+ species of fish in the river, lessons they taught, and lessons we still need to learn.

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February 3, 2021: Dr. Dave Strayer – “A Few Thoughts About Science and the Future of the Hudson River” 

The Hudson is extraordinarily well-studied and constantly changing. The presentation will review recent additions to our understanding of this dynamic ecosystem, and discuss what science predicts are changes to come.

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About the Book

The Hudson
An Illustrated Guide to the Living River
by Stephen P. StanneRoger G. PanettaBrian E. ForistMaija Liisa Niemisto

Since 1996, The Hudson: An Illustrated Guide to the Living River has been an essential resource for understanding the full sweep of the great river’s natural history and human heritage. This updated third edition includes the latest information about the ongoing fight against pollution and environmental damage to the river, plus vibrant new full-color illustrations showing the plants and wildlife that make this ecosystem so special.

This volume gives a detailed account of the Hudson River’s history, including the geological forces that created it, the various peoples who have lived on its banks, and the great works of art it has inspired. It also showcases the many species making a home on this waterway, including the Atlantic sturgeon, the bald eagle, the invasive zebra mussel, and the herons of New York Harbor. Combining both scientific and historical perspectives, this book demonstrates why the Hudson and its valley have been so central to the environmental movement.

As it charts the progress made towards restoring the river ecosystem and the effects of emerging threats like climate change, The Hudson identifies concrete ways that readers can help. To that end, royalties from the sale of this book will go to the non-profit environmental advocacy group Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc.