New York State is celebrating its Second Annual Invasive Species Awareness Week
July 12 – 18, 2015!


Invasive species affect all New Yorkers - from hikers to highway personnel, from birders to boaters and from farmers to foresters.

The mission of the New York Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) is to promote knowledge and understanding of invasive species to help stop their spread by engaging citizens in a wide range of activities across the state and encouraging them to take action.



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Gardening and Landscaping with Native/Non-Native Ornamental Plants in the Adirondacks

July 18, North Creek – 9:30am-12:30pm Join local experts as they share the benefits of gardening with native plants. This free event will be held at the Tannery Pond Community Center. Please RSVP by July 16th to jane.raffaldi@tnc.org or call 518-576-2082 ext. 120. Walk-ins welcome. Supported by the Adirondack Garden Club, member Garden Club of America

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Invasive Species Paddle on the Raquette

July 16, Tupper Lake – Join the Wild Center to explore the scenic Raquette River by canoe with a naturalist and learn about the invasive species moving into our Adirondack waterways. For more information, visit https://www.wildcenter.org/. Canoes can be reserved ahead of time at http://wildcenter.org/paddle or on the day of. Space is limited. Price: $25/boat for Wild Center members, $30/boat for non-members. Hosted by the Wild Center

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Backcountry Water Monitoring Project Training

July 16, Lake Placid - The Adirondack Mountain Club will be hosting an Aquatic Invasive Species monitoring training. This training will allow participants to take part in the ADK Backcountry Water Monitors program. The purpose of the Backcountry Water Monitoring Project is to engage active hikers and outdoor recreationists in monitoring the beautiful waters of New York’s Adirondack Backcountry for invasive species. The citizen scientists who join the project will be trained to identify the species that threaten the health of our Adirondack lakes, ponds, and streams, and will be given the opportunity to adopt a waterbody for an annual survey. The training consists of classroom education on invasive species and data management, as well as a field portion where participants will learn a backcountry survey protocol. Surveys will focus on the Lake Champlain Basin. To learn more or to RSVP follow this link. In order to take part in this training you MUST sign up here.

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Invasive Effects on Butterflies

July 15, Paul Smith’s VIC - Stop by the Butterfly House at Paul Smith’s between 11am and 3pm (when the butterflies are most active) and learn how invasive species affect their populations. Hosts will also discuss the benefits of native plants for attracting these fliers to your garden. Hosted by the VIC

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Middle Saranac Lake Canoe Trip

July 15, Saranac Lake - Enjoy a day trip to Middle Saranac Lake with the Adirondack Mountain Club’s advocacy and education staff. Starting at 9am, this is a moderate (half day) canoe trip and we will enjoy lunch on the lake side. After the paddle we will stop at a DEC operated boat washing station to get an overview of the new boat washing regulations in New York State. After dinner that evening we will have a fire-side lecture on Invasive Species that focuses on what they are and why they are such a threat to our environment. To learn more or to RSVP follow this link. In order to take part in this trip you MUST sign up here.

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Garlic Mustard Pull in Elizabethtown

July 14, Elizabethtown – Join members of the Adirondack Council from 10am-11am at the Adirondack History Center Museum Garden in Elizabethtown for an educational trail walk highlighting local invasives. Afterwards, participants will gather at the Social Center to put their identification skills to use for a garlic mustard pull.