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.


Date: Saturday, July 18 Cost: Free
Time: 4:00 p.m. Registration deadline: July 16
Location: Willows at Brandow Point, 480 NYS Route 385, Athens, NY
To register on-line or call 518-622-9820 x0
Instructors: Marilyn Wyman, Extension Educator and Tracey Testo, Program Assistant

Join CCE and Greene Land Trust for a walk at Brandow Point to search for invasive plants and insects. We will explore native, non-native and invasive species. Not all non-native species are considered invasive species. So what is an invasive species? Invasive species are defined as species that are non-native to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Invasive species can be plants, animals, and other organisms such as microbes. This activity is offered during Invasive Species Awareness Week and in partnership with Greene Land Trust. Brandow Point is a spectacular property on the Hudson
River – a beautiful spot for a walk on a summer Saturday and then pick up your chicken barbecue. Tickets are being sold by the Greene Land Trust from their office – 270 Mansion Street, Coxsackie, NY.


Date: Friday, July 17 Cost: Free
Time: 2:30-4:00 p.m. Registration deadline: July 15
Location: Agroforestry Resource Center, Acra
Register online or call 518-622-9820 x0
Presenter: Erin Brady, DEC Division of Lands and Forests

Invasive species are organisms that are not native to an area and harm human health, the economy, or the environment. They can destroy the places we love and require costly solutions.
Terrestrial (living on land) invasive species include:
• Animals, like emerald ash borer and Eurasian boar
• Plants, like Japanese stiltgrass and giant hogweed
• Diseases, like oak wilt and chestnut blight
People unknowingly spread these pests during everyday outdoor activities. Join our staff and Erin Brady, Outreach Coordinator, from the DEC’s Division of Lands and Forests and learn how to prevent the spread of terrestrial invasive species and protect the people and places you love. This activity is part of New York State’s Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW).

Native Plantings and Habitat Restoration Tour Thursday 7/16 4:00-8:30 PM

You are invited to join WNY PRISM and Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper (BNR) for a tour of native plantings and habitat restoration sites in the Buffalo Area. The tour will include a diversity of sites, some of which are often closed to the public. This free event will begin with a tour of BNR Riverbend site, where construction is currently taking place on a shoreline restoration project. Additional sites will include Oxbow Wetland, Tifft Nature Preserve, Seneca Bluffs, and additional BNR projects.

Participants will be provided with a map, tour guide that includes information about restoration work occurring at these locations, and a copy of BNR Western New York Guide to Native Plants for your Garden.

Registration is required. Space is limited due to available parking at some of the sites.

For more information and to register for this event, please contact Patricia Shulenburg, WNY PRISM Education and Outreach Assistant at 716-878-4708 or

NPDN First Detector Training

Every year billions of dollars are spent combating invasive pest species and millions of trees are lost. In New York State, hemlock wooly adelgid threatens to remove our ecologically important and culturally iconic hemlock from the landscape; and emerald ash borer is killing ash species in our yards, parks and natural areas. Other species are threatening to invade New York, causing further economic, ecological and aesthetic damage.
Early detection slows the spread of invasive species into new areas and offers the best chance of eradicating these pests. You can help by learning how to recognize the signs and symptoms caused by these and other pests and how you can help reduce the impacts of invasive species in New York. During the 2015 NY Invasive Species Awareness Week, the Capital/Mohawk Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) presents a special all-day seminar, focused on enhancing the early detection of invasive plant pests that threaten New York’s agriculture, nurseries, home landscapes and natural areas. This multi-agency educational effort is open to anyone concerned about invasive pest introductions. Participation will require a commitment to scout for and submit samples to test for the pests covered. The seminar is sponsored by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Cornell University.
CCE Credits and a CCE Certificate will be available upon completion of the workshop and submission of samples. Vouchers for sample submissions will be provided. Pre-registration required; details below.

Friday, July 17th, 9:30am to 4:30pm

4H Training Center
556 Middleline Road
Ballston Spa, NY 12020

Fee: $25/person

Register by contacting
Ellie Hackett

WNY PRISM Community First Detector Workshop

WNY PRISM has posted an Event:  Community First Detector Workshop

Early detection slows the spread of invasive species into new areas and offers the best chance of eradication these pests. You can help reduce the impacts of invasive species by learning how to recognize them and the symptoms they cause. Please join WNY PRISM, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the National Plant Diagnostics Network (NPDN) for a Community First Detector Workshop. This educational opportunity is open to anyone concerned about invasive pest introductions and will cover forest pests and pathogens, symptom identification, survey methods, and sample submission protocols.

Check out the Events Calendar for more details.

Planning begins for 2015 New York Invasive Species Awareness Week

ALB with shadowBuilding on the success of last year’s statewide Invasive Species Awareness Week, thirteen representatives from various organizations across the state have formed a planning committee to organize this year’s public awareness and outreach efforts. During last year’s ISAW over 118 individual events were held across the Empire State to emphasize the need for invasive species prevention and management. Coordinated through the New York State Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC) volunteers are seeking another New York State Proclamation declaring the week of July 12 through 18 as 2015 New York Invasive Species Awareness Week. The committee will also work with PRISMs (Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management) and other partner agencies and organizations across the state to promote a variety of activities and citizen science events designed to bring awareness to the subject matter. Stay tuned for details….

Stay tuned for information on NY Invasive Species Awareness Week 2015!!


July 12 – 18, 2015


The second annual NY Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW 2015) will provide opportunities for all citizens of New York to participate in invasive species awareness events around the state. Organizations, agencies, and groups from across New York are teaming up to make New York’s first Invasive Species Awareness Week a success. Everyone is encouraged to attend and learn more about invasive species. During ISAW, you can volunteer to help remove invasive species, get out on the trails or on the water to see invasive species firsthand, attend presentations to learn more about what you can to do help fight these threats, and much more.

Please use the menu bar at the top of this page to learn more about invasive species and to find out how you can participate in New York’s Invasive Species Awareness Week.

And watch this page for future details!!