Alien Invaders Strike the Catskills!
Sep
8
1:00 PM13:00

Alien Invaders Strike the Catskills!

Come learn about the invasive plants and forest pests that plague the Catskills with Cary Institute Forest Ecologist Gary Lovett and Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership Coordinator John Thompson.

Pre-registration is required. To register, visit caryinstitute.org/catskill-science or by calling 845-677-7600 ext 234.

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iMap Invasives Training: Spotting the Lanternfly
Sep
28
10:15 AM10:15

iMap Invasives Training: Spotting the Lanternfly

The Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), native to Asia, is a newly-introduced invasive insect that can feed on over 70 plant species, including New York’s apple and grape crops. It could have harmful effects on New York agriculture, forests, and general quality of life. So far, populations have been confirmed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It is important to stay on the lookout for this insect and its preferred host tree, the invasive tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima).

Join the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership to learn all about Spotted Lanternfly, the tree of heaven, and how you can help prevent the spread of this aggressive planthopper by finding and recording its host tree in our region. We'll learn all about their identification, biology and management techniques before diving into a tutorial on iMapInvasives, a free mobile reporting tool for invasive species throughout North America.

This training is ideal for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and wants to learn how to help limit invasive species’ impacts on our shared landscape.

After the workshop we will have a 45 minute break for lunch, before carpooling to Mongaup Campground to survey for tree-of-heaven. The group will leave for Mongaup Campground at 12:45, ending at 2:30 pm.

This training is free, but registration is required. Contact Dan Snider at dsnider@catskillcenter.org to RSVP or with any questions about the event.

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Who's Doing What in Invasive Species Management in the Catskills? Session III
Oct
22
1:00 PM13:00

Who's Doing What in Invasive Species Management in the Catskills? Session III

  • Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

At the “Who’s Doing What in Invasive Species Management in the Catskills: Part III” Workshop we will follow up on sharing information from organizations and individuals that are working on invasive species in the CRISP region doing any of the following:
• Prevention
• Education and outreach
• Trainings
• Early detection
• Invasive species surveys and mapping
• Reporting in iMapInvasives, EDDMaps, or other database
• Rapid response
• Control
• Restoration
• Citizen science
• Research
• Funding that could help support any of the above

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Boat Washing Demonstration
Jul
31
6:00 PM18:00

Boat Washing Demonstration

  • 6000 New York 80 Cooperstown, NY, 13326 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

An Aquatic Invasive Species Boat Washing Demonstration will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Brookwood Point at 6000 State Route 80, outside Cooperstown.

The family-friendly program and demonstration will show the recreational paddler, rower and sailor how to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species. Participants will learn to identify various aquatic invasive species that threaten the region’s waters, how they are transported and how to take precautions to ensure boats are clean to prevent these destructive species from invading our waters. Invasive species negatively impact our natural resources, human health and our economy.

Watershed Stewards trained by the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership will give a short presentation followed by a hands-on demonstration on how to properly inspect and clean vessels, including kayaks, paddleboards, rowing sculls and sail boats.

The free program is in collaboration with Otsego Land Trust, Otsego Area Rowers, Canoe and Kayak Rentals and Sales, Otsego Lake Association, Otsego Sailing Club, Otsego County Conservation Association and Canadarago Lake Improvement Association.

Contact 607-547-2366 ext. 103, or marcie@otsegolandtrust.org for more information.

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Catskill Park Old Growth Hemlock Survey Training and Hike
Jul
26
10:00 AM10:00

Catskill Park Old Growth Hemlock Survey Training and Hike

Eastern Hemlocks throughout New York State are threatened by Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. On July 26th, the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) will run a workshop for ADK members who are willing to survey one or more of 16 old growth stands in the northwestern area of the Catskill Park. Accessing all of these stands requires some level of bushwhacking.

The morning will feature a summary of hemlock and hemlock woolly adelgid biology, an overview of survey methods, and a review of old growth hemlock stand locations in the Catskill Park. In the afternoon we will visit a nearby old growth stand to practice the survey methods we learned earlier in the day.

This is a free event. To pre-register, contact cathypedler.adk@gmail.com

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Invasive Species Teach-In
Jul
13
11:00 AM11:00

Invasive Species Teach-In

Celebrate New York State’s sixth Invasive Species Awareness Week with an Invasive Species Teach-In at the large pavilion in Wilber Park, Oneonta. Displays and exhibits will highlight some of the invasive plants and animals that threaten our lands and waters. See examples of common invasive plants, discover how to report new infestations, and learn what is being done to control them. Activities for children and adults include matching games, Invasive Species Bingo, and a short walk to look for invasives in the park. At the ID table, you may bring suspicious plants or weeds for identification—bring either a good cell phone photo or bring the plant sealed in a gallon Ziploc bag. Unknown insects may also be dropped off for later identification. Insects must be sealed in a bag and frozen overnight, i.e., they must be dead. This event is free and open to the public.

The Invasive Species Teach-In is made possible with funding provided from the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

This is a free event. To register, visit https://occainfo.org/calendar/invasive-species-teach-in-2/

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Schoharie Lily Festival
Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Schoharie Lily Festival

CRISP staff will be hosting a table at the Lily Festival from 10 am to 3 pm, talking all about invasive species and how to best manage them. Come enjoy the day of food, music, and crafts, and learn all about the up and coming invasive species issues in the region!

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Thorn Preserve Invasive Species Pull
Jul
12
9:30 AM09:30

Thorn Preserve Invasive Species Pull

Earlier this year, over 700 native trees and shrubs were planted at the Thorn Preserve along the Sawkill Creek riparian buffer, in partnership with the DEC Trees for Tribs program.

Join us at the Thorn Preserve to help check up on these native trees and shrubs, and pull encroaching invasive plants! We will be focusing on Oriental bittersweet, Japanese barberry, Multiflora rose, and Canada thistle.

The Catskill Center will provide tools, work gloves and water. You are welcome to bring your own tools (with labels!), and dress for the weather and digging in the dirt.

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Japanese Knotweed Chop and Cheese
Jul
10
6:00 PM18:00

Japanese Knotweed Chop and Cheese

Japanese knotweed is one of our toughest invasive plants to control. Join us at Mohican Farm for an evening of cutting (and maybe digging) down a stand of Japanese knotweed, then enjoy light refreshments in the garden overlooking Otsego Lake. Dress to get dirty and bring pruners, gardening gloves, and a preferred beverage–we’ll supply the cheese, crackers and Japanese knotweed! Offered in partnership with Mohican Farm/The Clark Foundation.

This event is part of New York’s Invasive Species Awareness Week.

To register, visit https://occainfo.org/calendar/chop-and-cheese-ii/

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Who's Doing What in Invasive Species Management in the Catskills?
Jul
10
9:00 AM09:00

Who's Doing What in Invasive Species Management in the Catskills?

At the “Who’s Doing What in Invasive Species Management in the Catskills: Part II” Workshop we will follow up on sharing information from organizations and individuals that are working on invasive species in the CRISP region doing any of the following:
• Prevention
• Education and outreach
• Trainings
• Early detection
• Invasive species surveys and mapping
• Reporting in iMapInvasives, EDDMaps, or other database
• Rapid response
• Control
• Restoration
• Citizen science
• Research
• Funding that could help support any of the above

Speakers will include:

Tom Lewis, Invasive Species Management, Inc.
Mark Whitmore/Carri Marshner, NYS Hemlock Initiative
Meredith Taylor, NYC DEP
Connor Young, Cornell Cooperative Extension
and More!

RSVP to jthompson@catskillcenter.org

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Spotting the Lanternfly - Early Detection Training for our Newest Invader
Jul
9
6:00 PM18:00

Spotting the Lanternfly - Early Detection Training for our Newest Invader

Spotted Lanternfly is a newly-introduced invasive insect that could have considerable harmful effects on New York’s agriculture and forests. With populations confirmed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, it is essential to stay on the lookout for this insect and its preferred host tree, the invasive tree-of-heaven.

Join CRISP Field Projects Manager Dan Snider to learn all about Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), the tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima), and how you can help prevent the spread of this invasive pest into our region. We will discuss region of origin, identification, risks of spread, and the free mobile reporting app iMap Invasives.

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Making Paper from Invasive Plants
Jul
9
6:00 PM18:00

Making Paper from Invasive Plants

In acknowledgment of New York Invasive Species week, July 7-13, 2019, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County will be hosting this fun and informative class on making paper from both recycled and invasive plant materiel.

The class will have a brief discussion on invasive plants in New York State. Participants with receive a informative booklet of “NYS Prohibited and Regulated Invasive Plants” the holy grail of information on this subject for New York state. Then, the fun begins, every participant will leave with their very own artisan paper creations. Furthermore participants are encouraged to share any of their war stories, and battle strategies on how they combat invasive plants. Last but not least a handout will be provided by the class hosts with information on sources how to utilize invasive plants in many different ways and additional information on this subject.

Instructor: Marjorie Colao-Pullman is a Master Gardener CCE Ulster County class of 1999/2000 and a Master Forest Owner CCE Class of 2015. She is a local artist presently working in re-purposed and/or recycling materials creating mixed media creations.

Registration Deadline is July 6th 2019. There is a $15/person fee for this event. To register, visit http://ulster.cce.cornell.edu/events/2017/06/15/making-paper-from-invasive-plants

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Water Chestnut Paddle and Pull at Goodyear Lake
Jul
7
1:00 PM13:00

Water Chestnut Paddle and Pull at Goodyear Lake

Enjoy a pleasant day on Goodyear Lake and help combat invasive species at the same time! Water chestnut (Trapanatans), a highly invasive aquatic plant, once covered multiple acres of Goodyear Lake’s ‘Stump Lot.’ A concerted effort by OCCA, the Goodyear Lake Association and scores of volunteers over the years has reduced the water chestnut population significantly, but pulling is still needed to keep it in check. Bring your own canoe/kayak, or reserve space in one of ours (free, but pre-registration is required).

Meet at the New York State Fishing Access Site in Portlandville, State Route 28, Portlandville. Bring water, sunscreen and a hat. This event is part of New York’s Invasive Species Awareness Week.

This is a free event, but pre-registration is required. To pre-register, visit occainfo.org.

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Eat Your Invasives: A First Saturdays on the Trail Program
Jul
6
10:00 AM10:00

Eat Your Invasives: A First Saturdays on the Trail Program

Wondering what to do with the invasive plants invading your yard? Come enjoy a delicious and wholesome way to use those pesky plants.

Woodstock Land Conservancy invites you to “Eat Your Invasives” at the Catskill Center’s Thorn Preserve at 10 am on Saturday, July 6th as part of the “First Saturdays on the Trail” program series. This event will be led by Del Orloske, a licensed New York State DEC Outdoor Guide and a teacher of forest ecology at the Ashokan Center. Join us to explore the edible plants at the preserve and stay to enjoy a sampling of delicious dishes created with invasive plants.

Invasive plants are one of the leading cause of native biodiversity loss. Invasive plant species spread quickly and can crowd out native plants, prevent native plant growth, and create monocultures. A healthy plant community has a variety of herbs, shrubs, and trees. Invasive plants reduce plant species diversity, which in turn reduces the quality and quantity of fish and wildlife habitat. Once established removal of invasive plant species can be challenging.

Please RSVP to ellier.wlc@gmail.com for this event to ensure that enough materials are available. In case of a steady rain or thunderstorms, this event will be canceled. For weather related updates, check the Woodstock Land Conservancy Facebook page or www.woodstocklandconservancy.org. Tick repellent, hiking boots, and sunscreen are recommended. This event is free and open to the public.

The Woodstock Land Conservancy is a non-profit organization committed to the protection and preservation of the open lands, forests, water resources, scenic areas and historic sites in Woodstock and the surrounding area.

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Lesser Celandine Management Workshop
Jun
11
9:00 AM09:00

Lesser Celandine Management Workshop

  • 20 Mountainview Ave, Woodstock, NY 12498 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Lesser celandine is an invasive early-emerging flowering plant that spreads aggressively along stream sides and similar wet areas. It’s dense coverage can impede the growth of other spring ephemerals. In this all-day workshop, we will discuss this plant’s invasive origins, biology, and best treatment methods. We will also introduce and practice with iMapInvasives, a statewide database and reporting tool for invasive plants, animals and insects.

In the afternoon we will travel to the Thorn Preserve at 55 John Joy Road in Woodstock to practice identifying lesser celandine in the field, and to discuss treatment strategies for this problematic pest.

We are offering NYS DEC Pesticide Re-certification Credits for this training:
Category 2 = 5 credits
Category 3a = 5 credits
Category 9 = 5 credits

Registration is required for this event. Please RSVP by Friday 6/7, to dsnider@catskillcenter.org if you would like to attend.

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2019 Thorn Preserve Bioblitz
Jun
7
to Jun 8

2019 Thorn Preserve Bioblitz

At the 2019 BioBlitz, biologists and naturalists will be searching to find and identify dozens of species. To complete this enormous task, we need citizen scientists to accompany them and help take notes and photos!

Become a Citizen Scientist today and join one of our training sessions this summer.

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CRISP Partners Meeting
Feb
21
10:00 AM10:00

CRISP Partners Meeting

Join us for our Quarterly CRISP Partner Meeting, share what Invasive Species work you are doing, and learn what other organizations are doing to stop invasive species. Michael Tessler from the American Museum of Natural History will be presenting on his work with environmental DNA.

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