Protector’s Activity: Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species

Did you know that you can spread invasive species by boating, taking a hike, gardening, moving firewood, and many other activities you may enjoy? Learn about invasive species introduction pathways and actions you can take to prevent their spread.

Protector’s Activity: Visit a Watercraft Inspection Steward

Help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species by visiting a watercraft inspection steward this summer!

Protector’s Activity: Protect Vernal Pools

Vernal pools provide essential habitats for the lifecycle of amphibians and provide important food sources for wildlife. Invasive plants can lower ground table water levels making conditions too dry for vernal pools to develop altering these sensitive habitats and making them unsuitable for dependant wildlife. 

Protector’s Activity: Watch For Invasive Pests That Threaten Maple Syrup Production

March is maple syrup month, and who doesn’t enjoy some delicious maple syrup on some nice fluffy pancakes. Check out this Protector’s blog to learn of invasive pests that threaten maple syrup production.

Protector’s Activity: Family Friendly Invasive Species Activities

Learn of invasive species educational resources and activites you can enjoy with your family or students!

Help Suppress Invasive Pests

The spotted lanternfly and spongy moth are two invasive insects that lay eggs on trees and other flat surfaces. Fall and winter are ideal times to check your trees and backyard for egg masses that could be from these pests. Removing egg masses helps to suppress new populations of these invasive species that would otherwise hatch in the spring.

Protector’s Activity: Don’t Move Firewood

October is one of the most beautiful times of year to get outside in New York and a very popular time to go camping! Learn how you can help stop the spread of invasive insects just by sourcing local firewood for your next camping trip.

Protector’s Activity: Monitor for Spotted Lanternfly

Spotted lanternfly lay their eggs in the fall. Keep an eye out for adults until cold weather and for egg masses now through the winter. Learn what to look for and what to do if you find SLF in this Protector’s blog.

Protector’s Activity: Help Track Beech Leaf Disease

Beech leaf disease (BLD) is the newest threat to beech trees and is spreading rapidly across the Northeastern United States and Canada. You can help by learning to recognize and report BLD.

Garden Protector’s Activity: Supporting Pollinators

Specialized relationships exist between plants, animals, pollinators, and other insects. Invasive species threaten native plants and wildlife by altering the natural habitats on which native species depend.