Join the Putnam Highlands Audubon Society in welcoming noted science educator Steve Stanne. He will share his knowledge and insights from over 40 years of studying and writing about the Hudson River, including information on fish diversity, tides, salinity, food webs, and present areas of concern.
Steve Stanne has been teaching about the Hudson estuary since 1980 when he became education director at Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, a position he held for 19 years. In that time Steve became well-versed in the estuary’s natural history and ecology, its tides and shipping, and its rich history. From 1999 until retirement in 2017 he directed the Hudson River Estuary Program’s education efforts through a partnership between Cornell University and NYSDEC. Steve’s workshops have introduced many educators to the pleasures of teaching about the estuary, and he designed signature river education programs including the Classroom of the Waves aboard Clearwater and the Estuary Program’s Day in the Life of the Hudson and Harbor as well as coordinating placement of the blue and white sturgeon signs at highway crossings of Hudson River tributaries. Steve is the principal author of The Hudson: An Illustrated Guide to the Living River, published by the Rutgers University Press. He was also the project manager and chief writer of the Estuary Program’s State of the Hudson reports in 2009 and 2015.