Take a wild snapshot on a guided tour at Constitution Marsh with Eric Lind. Constitution Marsh is a 270-acre tidal marsh located opposite West Point. The marsh is home to more than 100 bird species, over 40 fish and countless other creatures. The marsh developed approximately 5,000 years ago.
Address: 127 Warren’s Landing Rd., Garrison, NY 10524. Website: http://www. constitutionmarsh.org/
Eric is responsible for all aspects of planning, developing, operating and managing Constitution Marsh. Prior to this position, Eric was the Assistant Manager and Education Director at the sanctuary, where he has worked since 1993. A life-long resident of the Hudson River Valley, he has a deep personal connection to the Hudson River and its wild inhabitants. Eric is an accomplished wildlife photographer and his work frequently decorates Audubon New York publications.
In spring, the local male stickleback can be seen building a nest made of twigs, plant debris and mucus. Once complete, he flashes his bright red belly and vibrates his blue-green tail in hopes of attracting a female. To complete the dance he presents to her his home-made nest. If interested she may enter to lay her eggs. This process may occur more then once with other females. Her role complete, she is chased out by the male who swims through the nest to fertilize the eggs. He then stands guard, occasionally fanning the oxygen filled water with his fins. When hatched, for the first few days of their lives, the father defends them. He goes as far as gathering the little wanderers in his mouth and spits them back into their nursery until they are ready to be off on their own.
*sketch by Borren Hui
Come on board and join us in our Fish Tales adventures as we sail around in our estuaries! The fishing shack is up, the boat is in and the fishes are swimming around to greet you!