New York Invasive Species Awareness Week in the Finger Lakes! June 6th 2021 through June 12th

Events in the Finger Lakes Region:

Sunday, June 6

Owasco Paddles Aquatic Sampling Event

9am – 2:30pm

Owasco Paddles at Emerson Park, Auburn, NY

Learn about the aquatic plants in Owasco Lake, how to sample for them, then set out to find them! PRISM professionals will provide you with supplies and a demonstration for sampling aquatic invasive species, and you can then set out to take samples all over Owasco Lake. Rent a kayak or paddleboard from Owasco Paddles at a special event rate, and spend your morning on the water learning about the ecosystems that you love.

Learn more about the event, and register here:

What You Can Do at Home about Ithaca’s Invasives.

Join the Ithaca Conservation Board to manage invasive species on their landscape while learning about the importance of controlling these species. Facebook postings daily from the homes of Conservation Board members in the Town of Ithaca. Like us on Facebook to join the program! Programs running all week!

Tuesday, June 8

NYISAW Training – How to identify and report the top invasives in the region!

Finger Lakes PRISM staff, TIME: 11am. Register here: or email for more information

Ecological Landscaping with Native Plants

Webinar presented by Marybeth Hanley, Consulting Botanist & Coordinator, Upper White River Cooperative Weed Management Association (CWMA) and Seasonal Botanist, Green Mountain & Finger Lakes National Forest. TIME: 5:30pm, Register here: or email for more information


Wednesday, June 9

Invasive Species Mapping

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, TIME: 9am. Contact or call 315-568-5987 to register


A Lake Association’s Experiences with Chemical Treatment of starry stonewort.

TIME: 10am, Email David Carr @ for more information or to register.


Join our FORCES folks at Watkins Glen State Park to talk all things invasive!

NYS Parks and FORCES staff will be tabling from 10am – 3pm with handouts and giveaways.


Thursday, June 10

Invasive species:  Identification and Local Prevention and Control Programs.

Join Cayuga County Department of Planning for this deep dive into current programs to prevent the spread and impact of invasive species. TIME: 10am. Register here: Join the meeting  Join the meeting https://8× To join by phone instead: +1 209-844-4600, 97535640#


iMapInvasives Training with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County.

Join Camille Marcotte who will be providing a detailed look into observing and reporting invasive species in the Finger Lakes. TIME: 11am. Register:


Survey for invasive tree species near SUNY Morrisville with Rebecca Hargrave.

A recently “discovered” population of naturalizing yellow buckeye, Aesculus flava, led to a more formal evaluation of three sites near SUNY Morrisville’s campus. As a result, many non-native trees, not known to be in the area, were found naturalizing including Japanese tree lilac, Syringa reticulata, Amur corktree, Phellodendron amurense, and Kentucky coffeetree, Gymnocladus dioicus. Take part in New York’s Invasive Species Awareness Week when we will explore these sites, evaluate conditions on the ground, and discuss potential impacts and potential management strategies. Length 1.5-2 miles. There is a limit of 10 people for the trip so please CLICK HERE to register and we will send you more details on the trip and the meeting place. There will be a waiting list. If you have any questions about the trip before registering, contact


Invasive Species of the Montezuma Wetlands Complex

6pm-7:30. Log on for a virtual presentation to learn about some of the invasive species that can be found within the Montezuma Wetlands Complex. The management of invasive species is an ongoing effort at both Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area. Restoring the wetlands, forest, and grassland habitats are so important throughout the Complex to provide native food sources, shelter, and habitat for the migratory and breeding birds that use the Montezuma Wetlands Complex throughout the year. After registering, you will receive the Zoom link information emailed to you. Call 315.365.3588 or email with questions. Register here:

Friday, June 11

NY State Citizen Science Programs across the state.

Join us for an in-depth discussion about the different programs the PRISMs offer throughout the state. Hilary Mosher, Coordinator for the Finger Lakes PRISM will present on the eight regional partnerships and offerings. TIME: 11am. Register here: or email for more information


Logan Hill Nature Preserve Invasive Species Control Project

9:30am – 12:00 pm. Join us at the Logan Hill Nature Preserve to continue clearing brush from an area that will be restored as meadow habitat.  We have been working at removing large brush from the field, and are getting close to having most of it cut down.  Once cleared, it will allow for regular mowing of this field which will then help to provide more diverse habitat on the preserve.  FLLT staff will be running power tools to cut the brush, and your help is needed to haul and pile up the brush.  This work is moderately strenuous.  It may require a mile hike to get to the field where we will be working, but I hope to shuttle volunteers to the site.  The site is accessible if you have a high-clearance 4WD/AWD vehicle.  Tools and work gloves will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own.  We will be working until lunch, but I will provide water and light snacks.  We will meet at the municipal water tower driveway, and arrange transportation to the work site from there.  You should consider wearing long pants, and please wear sturdy shoes or work boots. Logan Hill Rd./Water St., Town of Candor, Tioga County. Directions can be found here:


Invasive Species Guided Hike

10am – 12pm

Finger Lakes Trail, Naples, NY

Hit the trail with us and learn how to identify invasive species! FL-PRISM staff in partnership with the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association will be leading a guided hike along the Finger Lakes Trail in Naples, NY. Participants can learn first hand how to identify and remove invasive species threatening our natural ecosystems. Learn to use the iMapInvasives app so you will be equipped to continue to report invasives as you enjoy your own hikes all year long (participants are encouraged to download the iMapInvasives app beforehand).

Parking can be found along NY-245, in front of the DEC building near Naples Community Park. We will gather on the South side of NY-245, adjacent to the creek at 10:00 am.

Register here:


Saturday, June 12

Invasive Species Tabling at the Museum of the Earth

With Ingrid Zabel. 12pm-2pm. Join us for all things invasives and a tour of the MotE. 1259 Trumansburg Rd., Ithaca NY 14850


What’s in the Water? Aquatic Plant Sampling Tour on Keuka Lake

June 12, 10am – 2pm

Sugar Creek DEC Access Site, Branchport, NY

Join other paddlers who are interested in Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) on our paddling tour! For this event, PRISM professionals will join you on the waters of the beautiful Keuka Lake. We will sample for aquatic species and identify everything that we find. Afterwards, join us for delicious brews, a bite to eat, and a spectacular view of Keuka Lake at Steuben Brewing Company. Then, learn more about actions being taken to combat AIS throughout the Finger Lakes at our follow-up webinar on June 15th!

Learn more about the event, and register here:

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