Life in a Giddy World
A Giddy World

Flora & Fauna of the
Hudson Valley Estuary

    The Hudson is one of the most biologically productive rivers in the East, despite pollution past and present. The Hudson, having been altered less than many other rivers of its size, supports many tidally-dependent plant and animal communities that at one time were much more abundant in the Northeast United States and even the world. A hundred and fifty miles of twice-daily tidal swishing, along with sharp seasonal climactic changes make the tidal river, or estuary, a great food factory, particularly in the marshes. Marsh plants such as cattails create in their leaves, roots and seeds food and shelter for muskrats, snapping turtles, ospreys, migrating waterfowl and other wildlife.


Bald eagle

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