In an effort to provide New Yorkers with the knowledge, skills and motivation to protect the State’s lands and waters from the negative impacts of invasive pests, Hobart and William Smith Colleges along with several organizations, partnered to host events throughout the Finger Lakes Region to celebrate Invasive Species Week from July 8-14.
The Finger Lakes Institute at HWS through the Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) program hosted the campaign and capitalized on this year’s theme, “What YOU can do to help stop the spread. The campaign is part of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Agricultural & Markets’ strategy to increase awareness regarding invasive species.
Last year, HWS hosted more than 70 events to teach citizens how to identify, survey, manage and map invasive species. This year’s HWS sponsored events included an aquatic identification workshop and a spotted lanternfly program, among others. Additional partnered sponsored events included workshops, guided hikes, presentations, film screenings and much more throughout the region.
Organizers said the offerings provided 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.