A Word From Our Director: 2024 Winter Newsletter

A shout-out to the SLELO Team, our partners, and volunteers for another excellent year in program delivery. Together we made tremendous progress on our conservation initiatives!

Protector’s Activity: Take a Nature Date

Take a date with nature this February! Spending time outdoors encourages stewardship and offers many fun opportunities to engage with your community and spend time with loved ones!

Protector’s Activity: Become a Volunteer

Looking for an impactful New Year’s resolution? Join our volunteer network and take action to protect vital ecosystems in your region!

Protector’s Activity: Protect Lands and Waters This Winter

Winter is here and there are many fun activities that you can enjoy this season like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and much more! While you’re spending time outdoors this winter there are some simple actions you can take to protect your favorite hiking trails, forests, and waterways from invasive species.

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.