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January 2019

NY Sea Grant Watercraft Inspection Webinar Series:Slowing Aquatic Invasive Spread in 2019

January 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The 2019 edition of the Watercraft Inspection Program Leader educational webinar series developed by New York Sea Grant and featuring coastal science and AIS specialists begins on January 17 and will connect participants from multiple states. Four sessions in the webinar series will address issues associated with recreational boating as a key pathway in the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS), making watercraft inspection a critical contributor to limiting the spread of AIS among the more than 7,000 lakes, ponds, and rivers in New York State and waters elsewhere. Participants can join any or all of the one-hour, free-access webinars available from 10 am to 11 am. Register at For more information, contact New York Sea Grant at 315-331-8415, Webinar schedule: January 17: Applying Behavioral Psychology to Stop AIS: Learn the fundamentals of creating behavior change through simple and proven methods of applied behavioral psychology. Present: Ken Donnelly, president, Beyond Attitude Consulting; January 24: NY Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Application 2018 Data Overview: Methods, Statistics, Analysis: Learn the latest information about a real-time data collection tool launched in New York State in 2017 to track and analyze AIS trends to aid prevention, education and response statewide. Presenters: Cathy McGlynn, Ph.D., Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; and John Marino, GIS Applications Developer, and Forest Swaciak, Intern, New York Natural Heritage Program iMapInvasives Project Team; January 31: Assessing the Risk of Future Aquatic Invasive Species Establishment in a Changing World: Using projected changes to temperatures and precipitation patterns in Pennsylvania as new and complex challenges to those working in aquatic invasive species management, learn a process for assessing the risk of new AIS establishment under these climate scenarios and species that have already become threats. Presenter: Sara Stahlman, Extension Leader, Pennsylvania Sea Grant. February 7: Dealing with the Public: Handling Harassment and Other Issues: Learn how training, awareness, and strong support from management serve as critical tools to keep watershed stewards safe throughout the boating season. Presenter: Sue O'Reilly, Data Manager, Adirondack Watershed Institute at Paul Smith's College. For more information on New York Sea Grant, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York, visit

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NYISRI Webinar:  An Update on the Biological Control of Water Chestnut

January 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Webinar:  An Update on the Biological Control of Water Chestnut Update from Dr. Bernd Blossey of Cornell University on the  biological control program for water chestnut (Trapa natans).  Learn about recent project advances and the status of biocontrol agent Galerucella birmanica. When:  January 22nd, 2019 @ 11am - 12pm Webinar Link: Further Call-in Details: iPhone one-tap: US: +16468769923,,449926581#  or +16699006833,,449926581# Or Telephone: Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 669 900 6833 Webinar ID: 449 926 581 International numbers available:

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February 2019

Save the River’s 30th Annual Winter Environmental Conference

February 2 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, 200 Riverside Drive • Clayton, NY 13624

This year we celebrate the 30th year of this important annual event. Thirty years of gathering to hear from national and regional policymakers, scientists, opinion leaders, students, and teachers about the topics of critical importance to the health of the St. Lawrence River. At this year’s conference, you’ll learn about the diversion of Great Lakes freshwater, research on American eels, the threat of Asian carp, plastics in our water, and research of mercury cycling in St. Lawrence River wetlands. Save the River will also be premiering their short film, It’s Hard to be a Tern.   Save the River hopes that you will join them in Clayton on the first Saturday of February! Please register by Friday, January 25, 2019. To Register:  Send your completed registration form either by postal mail (409 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY, 13624) or email the completed form to (, or you can register over the phone at (315) 686-2010. 

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Workshop & Survey

February 15 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Whetstone Gulf State Park, 6065 W Rd, Lowville, NY 13367 + Google Map

Volunteers take a closer look at hemlock twigs to search for signs of hemlock woolly adelgid. Help Protect Whetstone Gulf State Park An invasive insect called Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) kills hemlock trees. Hemlocks are a key tree species and loss of hemlock populations would dramatically reduce the overall health of our forests and urban green spaces. HWA currently isn't known to be in the Eastern Lake Ontario/St. lawrence River region. You can help us track the spread and absence of this invasive forest pest. You Can Help Protect Whetstone Gulf State Park From HWA! Join us and Learn About: Overview of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid & other invasive forest pests Hemlock Tree Identification & Ecology HWA Early Detection Survey Techniques How to Report Observations Using the iMapInvasives Mobile App Citizen Science/Volunteer Opportunities   Date: Friday, February 15th, 2019 (inclement weather date 2/22/19 Time: 10:30am-2pm  Location: Whetstone Gulf State Park Beach House Address of park: 6065 W Rd, Lowville, NY 13367 Meet at the Whetstone Gulf State Park Beach House inside the Park by the pond. Look for signs. This Event is Free & Open to The Public To Register CLICK HERE OR CONTACT Megan Pistolese (SLELO PRISM Education/Outreach Coordinator) 315-387-3600 x 7724   *Bring your own bagged lunch/beverages and dress for the weather as there will be an outdoor field session to search for HWA on the property.    

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July 2019

Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW)

July 7 @ 12:00 am - July 14 @ 12:00 am

  New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week July 7-14 2019 New York Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) is an annual statewide campaign sponsored by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. ISAW is aimed to educate and inform people about the threat of invasive species, to enhance stewardship and encourage communities to take action. This year ISAW is being observed the week of July 7-14 2019   The SLELO PRISM is encouraging you to host an invasive species related event during this observed time to help protect the environment from invasive species.  If you are interested in hosting or co-hosting an ISAW event, contact the SLELO PRISM Education/Outreach Coordinator, Megan Pistolese 315- 387 -3600 x7724. If you plan to host an event, please email the below information to so it can be promoted on the statewide ISAW calendar: Event Title Event Description, RSVP if requested, who to contact for more information Event Date and Start Time/End Time Event Location, Address, including Town/City and Zip Code Digital copies of event fliers/outreach material

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September 2019

North American Invasive Species Management Association Conference (NAISMA)

September 30 @ 12:00 am - October 3 @ 12:00 am

  The 2019 North American Invasive Species Management Association Conference will be held from September 30th through October 3rd in Saratoga Springs. It will be a joint conference with the New York Invasive Species Research Institute out of Cornell University, an internationally renowned center of academic research and outreach. The conference program will seek to bridge the geographic divide between West to East and North to South, connecting terrestrial and aquatic invasive species management, research, policy, and outreach initiatives and opportunities across North America. Presentations, workshops, tours, and special symposia will highlight successful initiatives that bridge the gap between geographic, political, and public-private boundaries. Saratoga Springs is at the doorstep of the breathtaking Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. Albany International Airport is 30 minutes south of Saratoga Springs. Saratoga is a 3-hour drive or less from most major northeast metropolitan areas including the Boston area, Connecticut, New York City, Northern New Jersey and central New York. A complimentary shuttle service will be arranged for peak attendee arrivals and departures.

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