Are you a Hiker? FL-PRISM is looking for Volunteer Invasive Species Detectives On Your Favorite Trails

The Finger Lakes PRISM (Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management ) is looking for VOLUNTEERS to help them search for invasive species while you hike your favorite trail.

Invasive species lead to IRREVERSIBLE economic, environmental, and cultural damage. Some invasive species that you might be familiar with include the Spotted Lanternfly, Brown Marmorated Stinkbug, Japanese Knotweed, and Garlic Mustard.

HOW can you help? – Well.. it’s pretty simple, all you have to do is hike a trail and note the invasive species you see about every 50 feet. Upload what you see to the iMapInvasives app on your phone (https://www.nyimapinvasives.org/), and keep checking every 50 feet along the trail.

HOW do you start?  – Start by registering for “Terrestrial Surveying” here”: https://forms.gle/jV1WgMU8mPBJkAGNA . By registering the Finger Lakes PRISM can send updates on invasive species to watch out for.

Also, join the Facebook group, where photos can be shared and identified and questions can be asked.

PRISM will be hosting training sessions in May to teach you how to IDENTIFY invasive species, SURVEY along the trail, and REPORT what you found using the iMapInvasives App.

As this is a volunteer program, there is no commitment to how often you need to survey, or what you need to look for, or where (although we will have suggestions if you’re unsure!).

Spotted Lanternfly & Tree-of-heaven: NY needs your help! Training Workshop

Spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive pest from Asia that feeds on a variety of plants including grapes, hops, and maple trees, posing a severe threat to NYS forests and agriculture (more info). SLF’s preferred host plant, Tree-of-heaven (TOH), is already found in much of the state. SLF was first found in PA in 2014, and several populations have since been found in NYAgencies and conservation partners across the state are working to protect our state resources from these invasives, and we are requesting help from volunteers to complement these efforts.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Register for the webinar below

Volunteers needed: SLF management actions are more effective and regions can better prepare for the impacts of this insect when new infestations are found early.

New York State is seeking volunteers like you to look for SLF and TOH in your area. You can supplement NYS efforts to prevent negative impacts from invasive species by knowing what to look for and how to report observations to New York’s official invasive species database, iMapInvasives.

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation have identified 1km grid squares across the state where volunteer survey efforts would be most helpful. These may be close to known infestations, along major pathways, and/or near important commodities that could be harmed by SLF. Use the interactive map below to sign up for a grid square and survey one or two areas within that are publicly and safely accessible.

Project Feeder Watch

The 2021 season of Project Feeder Watch has begun. Turn your love of feeding birds into scientific discoveries. FeederWatch is a survey of birds that visit backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. You don’t even need a feeder! Visit https://feederwatch.org/ to learn more and register.

You can also visit them on Facebook at

Give the Gift of Green this Holiday – Gift Certificates Available

Give the gift of Green this Holiday Season. The 2021  Forever Green Tree and Shrub sale catalog and online store will be available in January, 2021 but you can purchase gift certificates for that perfect “green” gift! Each certificate will be made out to the recipient and mailed to you. These vouchers must be used at the 2021 Tree and Shrub sale where there are over 50 items to choose from. Certificates must be redeemed by March 5th, 2021 and orders picked up during the tree sale. Tree sale orders with the gift voucher must be placed by phone. 315-946-7200. Certificates have “No Cash Value” and can only be used for products.

Importance of Trees and Plants
The top benefits are:
Trees increase property values
Trees clean the air
Trees slow water runoff
Trees prevent soil erosion
Trees help buffer noise pollution
Trees cool our homes, streets, and cities
Trees can save you money on energy costs
Trees are beautiful

The Tree sale pick up is located at
7312 Route 31; Lyons, 14489

Questions? You can also send an email to drew@wayneNYSwcd.org or call us at 315-946-7200

Start a New Tradition, Thanksgiving Day Walk in the Woods

Kraai Preserve – woodlands and the stream corridor along the Ganargua Creek, photo credit Trail Works

In keeping with the season’s theme of gratitude, why not start a new tradition? Build some lasting memories by going outside with family and friends for a “Walk in the Woods” on Thanksgiving day.  The fresh fall air along with a trail hike has restorative and stress-relieving power. The joys of nature are the simplest form of gratitude.  Plus, one hour of hiking burns between 430 and 460 calories. Paint a memorable family rock and hide it in the woods and find it again, year after year. Remember to bring the camera.  For added fun, consider an outdoor treasure hunting activity using GPS-enabled devices. There are hundreds of geocaching locations right here in Wayne County. Geocaching is an outdoor activity, where participants use a Global Positioning System receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” at specific locations marked by coordinates. Pick up a trail passport from the Trailworks at any public library, Wegmans, or visit   https://trailworks.org/category/geocaching/ for Geocaching trails at various locations around Wayne County.

So go ahead – take the dog with you and start a new Thanksgiving tradition, just remember, we’re still in a pandemic so please practice good social distancing, even outside.

The District office will be closed on November 26 and 27th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Black Friday Hike @ Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve

Photo Credit: Genesee Land Trust – Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve

Join the Trailworks for a Black Friday hike at the Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve in Macedon, NY. The Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve is 56 acres of adjacent land along Ganargua Creek. The trail is managed by Genesee Land Trust in partnership with Macedon Trails. Trails on both east and west sides of Ganargua Creek accessed from three trailheads. Both trail systems offer easy, level walking through meadows following a steep hill descent. West Sides Trails: From the West Side trailhead off Bunker Hill Dr., follow a forested trail down a hill, to a circular trail around the meadow on the west side of Ganargua Creek (1-mile, total). For a level hike, begin at the Wilkinson Road parking area. A 0.3-mile spur takes you through Wayne ARC property, adjacent to Genesee Land Trust’s preserve. This trail joins with the West Side Trail loop. East Side Trail: The East Side Trail takes you on a 0.8-mile walk with two loops that wind their way around two meadows along the east side of the creek.

WHEN: Friday, November 27th
TIME: 10:00 A.M.
WHERE: Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve, Macedon, NY
meet up at the roadside entrance on Bunker Hill Dr./Victor Rd./Wilkinson Rd. Macedon
PASSPORT MARKER: at the base of Bunker Hill, when coming in from the west side

Wayne County Walks Planned by Genesee Land Trust

The Genesee Land Trust has several walks planned for Wayne County and surrounding areas. It’s a chance for a casual hike outdoors in the fresh air surrounded by the beautiful colors of fall. Spending time in nature can help relieve stress and anxiety, improve your mood, and boost feelings of happiness and wellbeing and even improve focus. Spending time in nature, looking at plants, water, birds and other aspects of nature gives the cognitive portion of our brain a break, allowing us to focus better and renew our ability to be patient.

Each walk is limited to fifteen people so pre-registration is required.

Genesee Land Trust “Habitat Management Walk” at Macyville Woods, Sodus Point

More information and Registration.

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  • Macyville Woods Nature Preserve
    7474 Seaman Street
    Sodus Point, NY, 14555

Genesee Land Trust “Opt Outside Walk” in Macedon

More information and Registration.

The Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve is made up of an upland area of hardwoods, wildflowers, and shrubs, the winding Ganargua Creek crossing a broad floodplain, and an open meadow where food and cover for birds and other animals are abundant.

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  • Ganargua Creek Meadow Preserve
    886 Bunker Hill Dr
    Macedon, NY, 14502

Wayne County, NY Apple Tasting Tour October 1-31st

The 23rd annual Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour is underway. It runs October 1st – 31st and is packed with many new options for visiting orchards and celebrating agriculture in Wayne County and of course, the apple! According to Wayne County Tourism, there are many new virtual experiences that include live apple tastings, an on-line passport with trivia, and NEW features such as curbside pickup at some stops. The tour includes 10 locations, each one unique with a different taste and texture of apples.  This year’s challenge features something brand new, an Apple Tasting Tour app! Use the app to learn about all of the locations on the tour. When you arrive at each location you will be prompted to answer a trivia question and if you answer correctly you will receive a badge. You can even upload photos of the badges page to be entered into weekly prize drawings!

Visit AppleTastingTour.com to use the brand new app and start planning out your picking!

You can also contact Wayne County Tourism at (800) 527-6510 or visit www.waynecountytourism.com

2020 Tire Recycling Event

Thank you, everyone! We have reached our capacity.

We hope to have one more event later this year so keep following this website for more details.

2020 Tire Recycling Event in September

 

Thank you, everyone! We have reached our capacity.

We hope to have one more event later this year so keep following this website for more details.

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