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Second Annual Invasive Species Week

Throughout the Finger Lakes Region, several events will be held to celebrate the second annual New York Invasive Species Awareness Week from July 12 to July 18. Last year, more than 100 invasive species activities occurred throughout the state and this year the Finger Lakes region is poised and ready with a lineup of impressive activities and events to mark the occasion.

With funding from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the HWS Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) through the Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) helps sponsor the events. Organizers hope the offerings provide opportunities for community members to learn about the most threatening species and how to prevent and manage their spread through a wide variety of activities. Invasive plants and animals reproduce in high numbers, lack predators, and are highly adapted to their new environment, making them a severe threat to the environment, economy, and human health. 

This year’s line-up includes eight different events which will take place throughout the Finger Lakes region:

Aurora Fest
The Aurora Fest takes place along Cayuga Lake in the Village of Aurora. It kicks off on Friday Night with a Blessing of the Boats BBQ and a Live Band along the shores of Cayuga Lake in addition to a Battle of the Bands competition at Wells College. Saturday’s activities include a Fun Run and swim from dock to dock, as well as the Blessing of the Boats, Taste of Aurora, parade through the Village, live jousting, and kids’ games. The night will conclude with food and drinks under a sky of fireworks. The Cayuga Lake Watershed Network will provide invasive species outreach and tabling the event, including hydrilla displays.

Registration: No registration required! More info at:
Event Date/Location: July 11 & 12 in the Village of Aurora, NY

Dragon Boat Festival
The Finger Lakes Dragon Boat Festival promotes, educates, and celebrates Asian and Asian American cultures and heritage through dragon boating racing and festival activities. The Festival is sponsored and hosted by the Ithaca Asian American Association, which aims to promote, educate, and celebrate Asian and Asian American heritage and cultures. Invasive species outreach and education will be provided at the event by the Hydrilla Task Force of the Cayuga Lake Watershed, Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, and the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom.

Registration: More Info:
Event Date/Location: July 11, at Cass Park (Ithaca, NY)

Water Chestnut Pull (Montezuma)
Join a team of NYSDEC wildlife biologists to help make the Montezuma Wetlands complex a better place for birds and wildlife by hand pulling Water Chestnut from the Seneca River in canoes/kayaks. Canoes and kayaks will be provided, but participants are also encourage to bring their own. Lunch will also be provided, and paddling experience is preferred.

RegistrationSpace is limited and registration is required. Call 315.365.3588315.365.3588315.365.3588315.365.3588 or email
Event Date/Location: Saturday, July 11, Wednesday, July 15, and Saturday July 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah, NY 13146

Invasive Species Trail Walk
Join Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County for a guided public trail walk to discuss invasive species identification and management along the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail. The discussion will highlight a wild parsnip removal/native plant restoration project that is being conducted by Keuka College and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Yates County with funding from an FL-PRISM sub-contract award.

Registration: This event is free but please register in advance:
Event Date/LocationMonday, July 13, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Keuka Lake Outlet Trail, Dresden Trailhead, Dresden, NY 14441.

Hands-on Aquatic Flora and Fauna Identification Workshop

Bruce Gilman will take you on a journey through the macrophytes of the Finger Lakes. Special emphasis will be placed on invasive species identification and prevention. Field guides will be available for purchase and used in this hands-on exploration of invasive aquatic plants. Hilary Mosher will provide an overview of iMapInvasives and how to map invasives

10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Ontario County, Woodville Boat Launch Shelter. Bring a canoe or kayak if you have one. There will be some available on a first-come, first-serve basis

10 -10:30 a.m.- invasive species overview 

10:30-11:30 a.m.- sampling techniques and learning to use keys

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.- mapping invasive species using iMapInvasives

12:30- 1 p.m. – lunch, bring your own

1 – 2 p.m.:- sampling and identification

Registration: Contact Hilary Mosher at to register
Event Date: Tuesday, July 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Event Location: Ontario County, Woodville Boat Launch Shelter

Plant for Pollinators
Join an informational discussion on the best ways to help promote insect pollinators. Increasingly an invasive plant, swallow-wort, is creeping into butterfly habitat causing two main problems. The discussion will cover the best ways to plant for pollinators and how to protect monarch butterflies by identifying and removing the invasive swallow-wort.

Registration: Contact for more information
Event Date: July 14, 5:30-6:15 p.m., part of Open Late Tuesday at the Seneca Park Zoo.
Event Location: Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY, 14621

Hands-on Terrestrial Flora and Fauna Identification Workshop

Bruce Gilman will guide you through the native and non-native organisms of concern in the Finger Lakes region with this tour of Taughannok Falls in picturesque Ithaca, N.Y. Participants in this 4-hr workshop will leave with the ability to identify the more common native and invasive species in the region and how to prevent introducing new species to areas. iMapInvasives will be introduced by Hilary Mosher as a technique to map and identify invasives. Field guides will be available for purchase.

Registration: Contact Hilary Mosher at to register
Event Date: Wednesday, July 15; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Event Location: Taughannock Falls, Trumansburg, N.Y, Creekside Pavilion at the North Point Entrance

Protect Cayuga from Invasive Species!
Come learn what invasive species threaten Cayuga County, how to identify them, and what to do if you find them in this interactive program sponsored by Cayuga County Planning, FLLOWPA, and the FL-PRISM.

Registration: Contact Michele Wunderlich for more information:
Event Date: Wednesday, July 15, 6 p.m.
Event Location: 6th Floor, Cayuga County Office Building, Auburn, N.Y.

Managing Ithaca’s Invasive Species
The Town of Ithaca’s Conservation Board is hosting a field trip that will be mostly instructive, but also include some removal of swallow wort and garlic mustard. Strategies for managing the pests will be explained, and the event also includes a training session, showing how active and attentive management can keep invaders from getting out of control. The event will convene on Ithaca’s South Hill near the Town water tank just north of the cul-de-sac at the dead end of Teton Court, near 410 Teton Ct, Ithaca, NY 14850.

RegistrationPlease contact James Hamilton for more information:
Event Date/Location: Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 6 to 7 p.m. on Ithaca’s South Hill

Water Chestnut Pull (Sodus Bay)
Volunteers will hand pull Water Chestnut from Sodus Bay in canoes/kayaks. Work side by side with other like-minded individuals to make Sodus Bay a better place for birds and other wildlife. Participants are required to bring their own canoe/kayak and life vest. Pizza will be provided after the event.

RegistrationSpace is limited and registration is required. Email Dave
Event Date/Location: Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sodus Bay

Conesus Lake Association Craft Fair
The Conesus Lake Association will have a table for invasive species as an outreach effort at the Conesus Lake Association Craft Fair.

Registration: Email: for more information.
Event Date/Location: Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the west shore, where West Lake Rd. (Route 256) intersects Long Point Rd.

Invasive Species Outreach at the Ithaca Farmers’ Market
The Hydrilla Task Force of Cayuga Lake Watershed will provide invasive species and outreach at the Ithaca Farmers’ Market throughout the 2015 treatment season. Ithaca Farmers’ Market is an owner-operated cooperative market with over 160 members who grow or produce their wares within 30 miles of the pavilion. A full spread of vegetables, fruit, pastured meat, bakeries, and artisanal gifts are available for purchase.

Registration: No registration required. More info:
Event Date/Location: Sunday July 19 at the Ithaca Farmers’ Market Pavilion.