3500 Plantings Help Restore Native Habitat

Our partners with the NYS Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation planted over 3,500 native species to restore habitat on Wellesley Island.

Updates From the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

Hear from our partners with the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets for the latest updates on spotted lanternfly and box tree moth.

Birds as a Habitat Health Indicator

In addition to being extraordinarily wonderful ambassadors for North American wildlife, as biological indicators birds are relatively quick to respond to changes in ecosystem composition, structure, and function; this includes those changes brought by both the invasion and management of invasive species.

2023 Autumn Aquatic Updates

Get the latest updates from our Aquatic Restoration and Resiliency Coordinator, Brittney Rogers.

2023 Autumn Terrestrial Updates

The latest updates from our Terrestrial Restoration and Resiliency Coordinator, Robert Smith.

Protector’s Activity: Check Your Property for Invasive Plants

This fall and winter keep an eye out for bittersweet and porcelain berry which are easily identified by their distinctive berries that appear this time of year. These invasive woody vines grow over understory vegetation and strangle trees. Check out this Protector’s blog to learn to recognize these invasive plants and steps you can take now to get a head start on controlling them before the next growing season.

Virtual Hike Challenge

SLELO PRISM will hold our annual Virtual Hike Challenge (VHC) again this winter. The challenge, happening November 2023, through March 2024, pairs winter hiking with simple instructions to help keep an eye out for hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA). HWA is an invasive forest pest that is confirmed to be present in Oswego County and is spreading along the Eastern Lake Ontario shoreline.

eDNA Update for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Detection

This spring, SLELO’s Conservation and GIS Analyst collected hemlock branch samples from 18 locations in the PRISM to be analyzed by the New York State Hemlock Initiative (NYSHI) for the presence of eDNA.

Species Spotlight: 2023 Autumn Newsletter

Microstegium vimineum, commonly known as stiltgrass, is native to East Asia and the Caucasus mountains. When introduced to an area, stiltgrass has the ability to take over, crowding out ecologically important species.Learn more about stiltgrass and best management options.

Partner Spotlight: 2023 Autumn Newsletter

More than 600 middle school students in districts from Jefferson, Oswego, Monroe, and Niagara counties participated in both classroom and hands-on educational experiences focused on monitoring water quality and habitats in the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River watersheds.

Watertown Gearing up for Tree Planting

Trees will continue to be planted as part of the City of Watertown’s annual fall tree planting event.

Volunteer Spotlight:2023 Autumn Newsletter

Hear about the experience of one of our volunteers who joined us this year!

VSN Story Map Update

Recently, SLELO PRISM updated its VSN webpage with a more modern, user- friendly web mapping experience. The new application provides species identification information and suggested survey sites for six focal species: hemlock woolly adelgid, spotted lanternfly, elm zigzag sawfly, porcelain berry, fanwort, and tench.

A Word From Our Director: 2023 Autumn Newsletter

Let’s all tip our hats to Team SLELO, our partners, volunteers, and community supporters for working collaboratively towards meeting our annual objectives!

Elm Zig-Zag Sawfly Update

Elm zigzag sawfly (Aproceros leucopoda), an exotic pest native to East Asia that feeds exclusively on elm species, has been detected in many locations across New York State this season. EZS was first detected in St. Lawrence County in August 2022. Since, it has been found in Allegany, Ontario, Madison, Ulster, Schenectady, Albany, Saratoga, Warren, and Clinton, with new counties being confirmed weekly.

Volunteer Challenge

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