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Our partners will list meetings, updates, workshops, and other notices here as they arise. Your contributions to this list are most welcome. Please send your news & updates to Megan Pistolese, megan.pistolese@tnc.org, include a date/location/description/contact for events, thank you. 

PRISM Partner Meeting Schedule: Our PRISM partners have decided to meet on a seasonal/quarterly basis. We will continue to meet the third week of these months:  January, April, July, and October alternating between Wednesdays and Thursdays. For information on upcoming meetings and locations, please contact Rob Williams, the PRISM Coordinator at rwilliams@tnc.org

PRISM Invasive Species Webinars are held the last Wednesday of each month (except, July, August, and December). To join in on these webinars please contact Rob Williams rwilliams@tnc.org   

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March 2019

Tree Workshop

March 20 @ 9:30 am - April 24 @ 2:00 pm

Workshop: Pruning Young Trees: Years 1-10 When:   Wednesday, March 20, 2019  from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Where:   St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Learning Center, 40 West Main St. Canton    ISA CEUs: Arborist: 3.5, Municipal Specialist: 3.5, BCMA Science: 0.75, BCMA Practice: 2.75,     TW Climber Specialist: 3.5. TW Aerial Lift Specialist: 3.5 SAF Credits Pending  The class is free, but pre-registration is required. Call CCE-St. Lawrence County at (315) 379-9192 Presenters:  Steven Sherwood, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Forester Paul Hetzler, Horticulture & Natural Resources Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension-St. Lawrence County Agenda:      9:30: Registration 10:00 to 10:45: Tree Wound Response & Compartmentalization& Invasive tree pests 10:45 to 11:15: Trees and Threes—Pruning Commandments; Tools of the Trade 11:15 to 12:00: Why We Prune, & Reality vs. the Literature 12:00 to 12:30: Lunch—Please bring yours. (That’s why it’s free) 12:30 to 2:00: Demo & Hands-on Pruning (Dress for the weather)   Workshop Flier

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April 2019

Controlling Invasive Woody Plants Workshop

April 23 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Calling all Landowners! Learn ways to control invasive plants on your property. Date/Time: Tuesday, April 23rd 10:30am-2:30pm (inclement weather date 4/25) Location: Whetstone Gulf State Park Beach House  6065 W Rd, Lowville, NY 13367 Workshop Topics:  Controlling invasive honeysuckle, buckthorn & Japanese knotweed. Native alternatives to invasive woody plants Noxious invasive plants to avoid contact with Ways you can help stop the spread of invasives Click Here to Register Event Flier    

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May 2019

iMap Early Detection Training-Joseph A. Blake Wildlife Sanctuary THTLT

May 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
St. Joseph A. Blake Wildlife Sanctuary, https://tughilltomorrowlandtrust.org/venue/joseph-a-blake-wildlife-sanctuary/ + Google Map

Join the Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust and  SLELO PRISM on Friday, May 17th 1-3pm  at the St. Joseph A. Blake Wildlife Sanctuary  This is a free outdoor guided hike open to the public. Registration required, click here to register.  Participants will learn recognize invasive species encountered on the trails at the sanctuary and how to report their observations using a mobile app called iMapInvasives- an online invasive species observation database platform that aids invasive species management throughout New York State. Attendees may become part of a Friends of the Sanctuary group focused on stewardship at the wildlife sanctuary through THTLT & become part of a regional invasive species volunteer surveillance network through SLELO PRISM. Registration for this workshop is required.

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Learn to Plant with Native Species & Invasive Species to Keep an Eye Out For in Your Garden

May 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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June 2019

iMapInvasives Training

June 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Pledge to Protect Your Favorite Wild and Urban Spaces Explore, Observe, Report You can help stop the spread of invasive species. Join SLELO PRISM on Thursday, June 6th from 1 pm-4 pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Lewis County, 7395 East Road, Lowville, NY 13367 Learn how to recognize invasive species that threaten our region and how to report your observations using an online/mobile platform called iMapInvasives.org.   Registration required please contact Melissa Spence; mms427@cornell.edu, 315-376-5270 EVENT FLIER    

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2019 Akwesasne Pollinator Forum

June 12 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department, 1817 State Route 37
Akwesasne, NY 13655 United States

SAVE THE BEES- SAVE THE EARTH   Join the Akwesasne Mohawk Tribe on Wednesday, June 12th from 8am-5pm at the Hogansburg-Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department located at 1817 State Route 37, Akwesasne, NY 13655. Cost for the event is $10 to be collected at the event to cover lunch. A tour of the Agriculture Program farm will be held at the end of the program. Dress for the weather. To register contact Wayne Samphier, wayne.samphier@srmt-nsn.gov, 518-358-5937 x138. Event Flier/Agenda  

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2019 Eastern Lake Ontario Invasive Species Symposium

June 20 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

 Reservations are limited don’t delay. There is no cost for the event, but pre-registration is required Register by May 27th Click Here to Register 2019 Symposium Announcement & Agenda

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Invasive Species & iMapInvasives Workshop

June 22 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT) and Save The River for an Invasive Species workshop on Saturday, June 22nd, from 9am-2pm. Meet at the TILT office for a presentation on TILT’s work in invasive species management by TILT’s Stewardship Director Brandon Hollis, and an iMapInvasives training led by Patricia Shulenburg, Save The River Program Manager. iMapInvasives is an application that citizen scientists and professionals use in the field to manage invasive species, and the training will cover invasive species impacts, identification, and mapping. Then, participants will take a field trip to one of TILT’s conservation properties to learn how to identify and map invasive species in the field. While in the field, individuals will have an opportunity to participate in a hands-on demonstration, showing the proper way to cut and remove invasive plants like pale swallow-wort and purple loosestrife. Register in advance by emailing volunteer@tilandtrust.org, calling 315-686-5345, or signing up below. Please provide your first and last name along with an email so that we can complete your iMapInvasives registration. Plan to download the iMap mobile app on your phone or tablet a week in advance.  https://www.imapinvasives.org/mobile-tools To register CLICK HERE.

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Aquatic Invasive Fish Workshop

June 25 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Attention Fishing Community Help to Protect Our Waters Aquatic invasive fish threaten the health of our waters. Learn about invasive fish that are of concern in the St. Lawrence River and Eastern Lake Ontario Region. Learn how you can help by keeping an eye out for these fish and reporting your observations. SLELO PRISM will host two workshops listed below:   Tuesday, June 25th 10am-2:30pm at the Nicandri Nature Center located at 19 Robinson Bay Rd, Massena, NY 13662. Special guest Sunci Avlijas with McGill University will give an exclusive overview of their research exploring the impacts tench will have on native fish populations and the aquatic food web in the St. Lawrence River. Topics at the 6/25  workshop in Massena will include: EVENT FLIER A new threat to the St. Lawrence River, Tench impacts & special research Common misconceptions of snakehead & overview of Asian carp Preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species Help protect our waters: Strengthening Early Detection Making observations using a mobile application- iMapInvasives CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    Thursday, June 27th 10am-2:30pm at the Keewaydin State Park located at 46165 NYS Route 12 Alexandria Bay, NY 13607. Topics at the 6/27 workshop in Alexandria Bay will include: EVENT FLIER Tench—A new invasive fish threating the St. Lawrence River Common misconceptions of snakehead & overview of Asian carp Preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species Help protect our waters: Strengthening Early Detection Making observations using a mobile application- iMapInvasives CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    

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Aquatic Invasive Fish Workshop

June 27 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Attention Fishing Community Help to Protect Our Waters Aquatic invasive fish threaten the health of our waters. Learn about invasive fish that are of concern in the St. Lawrence River and Eastern Lake Ontario Region. Learn how you can help by keeping an eye out for these fish and reporting your observations.    Thursday, June 27th 10am-2:30pm at the Keewaydin State Park located at 46165 NYS Route 12 Alexandria Bay, NY 13607. Topics at the 6/27 workshop in Alexandria Bay will include: EVENT FLIER Tench—A new invasive fish threating the St. Lawrence River Common misconceptions of snakehead & overview of Asian carp Preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species Help protect our waters: Strengthening Early Detection Making observations using a mobile application- iMapInvasives CLICK HERE TO REGISTER    

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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 megan.pistolese@tnc.org 315- 387 -3600 x7724. If you plan to host an event, please email the below information to  megan.pistolese@tnc.org 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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