March 30 to April 12, 2024

March 30 to April 12, 2024

Across our two Almanac weeks there were several highlights. However, the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse made the greatest impression on an overwhelming number of people. It is estimated that 50 million people across North America made time on April 8, pausing their daily schedules, to view the solar eclipse.

March 6 to March 15, 2024

March 6 to March 15, 2024

A regular entry for the Vernal Equinox (3/19) will appear in next week’s Almanac. However, the moment of the Equinox, the beginning of Year 31 for the Almanac, occurred in the present week. Recognizing this, we felt it was in the best interest of the Hudson River Almanac and our readers to include its origin story this week.

February 23 to March 1, 2024

February 23 to March 1, 2024

This was a week when the first of our amphibians risked their life and limb to get to the “other side.” This week’s full moon brought us a little more than usual, as well. And, with many bald eagle nests incubating, we begin to do the math on when hatches may occur.

February 17 to February 23, 2024

February 17 to February 23, 2024

Since the start of the new millennia, winter has been dominated by bald eagles, particularly along tidewater. Many, if not most, of the Hudson Valley bald eagle nests are presently incubating and the countdown to hatch (32-35 days) is underway. Glass eels in from the sea have had a sputtering beginning but are due to pick up as the water warms. Add in oysters and a lost croaker, and we had a good week.

February 10 to February 16, 2024

February 10 to February 16, 2024

The Hudson River has always seemed mysterious. The estuary is an overwhelmingly opaque expanse of grayness. What’s beneath, swimming unseen, is largely left to our imagination. This week two uncommon fishes were captured in sampling gear, each seemingly out-of-place. It is easy to day-dream as you look out on the water and wonder, “what else is hiding out there?” Our list of 237 documented species of fish for the Hudson River seems so transitory.