Sixth Annual Invasive Species Awareness Week Set for July 7-13, 2019
New York State’s sixth annual Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) will be held July 7-13. Initiated in 2014, ISAW is an educational campaign featuring statewide events that encourage New Yorkers to help protect the state’s resources from the negative impacts of invasive species. Planning is already underway, and this year’s theme is “Early Detection: Explore, Observe, Report.”
The “Early Detection” theme is meant to shine a spotlight on the importance of detecting infestations of invasive species early, which increases the success of response efforts. Spotted lanternfly, oak wilt and hydrilla are just a few of the emerging invasives that could or are beginning to have significant impacts in New York. The theme will also help highlight the soon to be released iMapInvasives 3.0, a revamped version of the New York invasive species database that will have a more user-friendly, mobile-responsive map display.
Organizations interested in hosting an event should visit the New York Invasive Species Awareness Week website for more information. All types of programming and events are encouraged, including removal projects, science trainings, film screenings, and more. Some examples of past events include:
Any interested partners should provide their local PRISM coordinator with information about their events by Monday, June 24 to ensure they can be added to the statewide list. To learn more about ISAW, visit the New York Invasive Species Awareness Week website. To learn more about iMapInvasives and to sign up for a training near you, visit the New York iMapInvasives website.
Article from the Spring 2019 DEC Newsletter