Invasive Species Volunteer Surveillance Network

  • searching for hemlock woolly adelgid
  • SLELO PRISM Pollinator Pathway Project
  • Monitoring for invasive emerald ash borers
  • Searching for invasvie aquatic plants
  • Collecting water samples for eDNA



Discovering populations of invasive species before they become too large to manage, known as Early Detection (ED), gives a strategic advantage to prevention and management initiatives. ED greatly reduces the negative impacts that invasive species can cause to the environment, economy and/or human health and can help reduce management costs.

The SLELO PRISM is promoting an Invasive Species Volunteer Surveillance Network (VSN). Currently, we are focusing on surveillance of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) in areas along the St. Lawrence River and Eastern Lake Ontario; hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae) in areas within the southern portion of Tug Hill; and an aquatic plant called fanwort (Cabomba caroliniana) in Fish Creek which connects Kasoag Lake to Oneida Lake; and an invasive fish called Tench (Tinca tinca) in the St. Lawrence River.

Learn more about these species and where to look by viewing our interactive story map. CLICK HERE

You can help us strengthen our early detection efforts by joining the SLELO PRISM Invasive Species VSN. CLICK HERE to join!

To learn more contact the SLELO PRISM Education/Outreach Coordinator, Megan Pistolese at 315 387-3600 x 7724;


Already a member of the VSN? Record your hours surveying for invasive species CLICK HERE

Please fill out our Volunteer liability/photo release form and email/mail/fax a copy to:

Megan Pistolese,

(office) 315 387-3600 x7724

(fax) 315-387-3602

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