In our vastly urbanized world, there isn’t much natural or undeveloped landscape left for wildlife, and the plants grown in our designated “green spaces” or yards, are often not native.
There are many specialized relationships that exist between plants, birds, pollinators, and other wildlife that are disrupted by invasive species. This is because native plants have co-evolved with native wildlife and insects. For example, black and pale swallow-worts are invasive vining perennials that outcompete native common milkweed, which is the preferred host of the larvae of monarch butterflies, studies have learned that when monarchs lay their eggs on these invasive swallow-worts, their larvae die.
Therefore, we must protect our gardens from further alteration from invasive plants.
You can help by taking the steps outlined below.
Agreeing to take these actions awards you this Garden Protectors Badge.
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Learn to recognize common backyard invaders.
Manage invasives found on your property and/or learn to report invasives to NYiMapInvasives.
Searching for invasive species populations in an effort to detect their presence before their populations become too large to manage is vital to reducing the impacts of invasive species on our natural ecosystems.
Click the link below to learn more about the species we’re enhancing early detection efforts for and to join our invasive species Volunteer Surveillance Network to aid this effort.
NYiMapInvasives is an online, collaborative, GIS-based database and mapping tool that serves as the official invasive species database for New York State.
Click the links below to become familiar with iMap
The resources below provide general management techniques that gardeners can use to control invasive species on their property.
Watch webinars, view brochures, and other resources to help you protect your garden from invasive species and support pollinators.
In our highly urbanized world, our yards often provide vital habitats for pollinators and native wildlife. Our yards also may be a pathway in which invasive plants may escape into our natural environments. You can support pollinators and wildlife and protect natural areas by choosing to grow native plants in your yard.
This webinar discusses the power of native plants, alternatives to exotic and invasive plants, some invasive species to keep an eye out for. Nature-based community science opportunities that you can participate in right from your own backyard will also be shared.
Megan Pistolese- SLELO PRISM
Sue Gwise- CCE Jefferson
Dr. Douglas Tallamy, the author of Bringing Nature Home and Nature’s Best Hope, explains the vital specialized relationships that exist between plants and pollinators and the importance of growing native plants in your yard.