June 6-12 is New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week! Check out the DEC’s website for information about invasive species in New York and read on for more information about how to get involved with OCCA’s invasive species management efforts!
In honor of New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week, view NYS DEC’s film, “Uninvited: The Spread of Invasive Species”, which tells the story of invasive species in New York State and how the DEC and its partners are tackling them.
Uninvited was filmed in 2018 and invasive species move fast, so there have been changes since the film was made. There are updates in the description of the YouTube video.
Start Invasive Species Awareness Week a day early and join us for our first Paddle and Pull of the season on Sunday, June 5 from 1-4pm. Meet at the Fishing Access Site on Route 28 in Portlandville and help pull water chestnut (Trapa natans) from the waters of Goodyear Lake. Bring your own canoe/kayak or reserve a space in one of ours.
Chop and Cheese, Wednesday, June 8, 6-8pm, Mohican Farm. It’s June and the Japanese knotweed is growing like…a weed. Help us with our continuing efforts at eradicating a small patch of this hyper-aggressive invasive at Mohican Farm, and then enjoy refreshments in the Mohican Farm garden. We’ll provide some tools, some refreshments, and the knotweed! You should bring sunscreen, insect repellent and water.
Frog-bit Friday, Friday, June 10, 10am-1pm. We’ll close out our Invasive Species Awareness Week activities at Clarke Pond in Springfield, working to remove European frog-bit, a highly-invasive aquatic plant. Please note this requires wading in waist-deep water and thigh-deep mud. You will get wet and very muddy.
Nature Walk: Forest Rebirth, Basswood Pond. June 11, 9-11am. NOTE: This was originally scheduled for 6/18. Two years ago, a large spruce plantation in Basswood Pond State Forest was clearcut as part of the forest’s management plan. Join us as we walk to the area and see how things have changed. Along the way we’ll pass through an existing spruce grove to see what our site used to look like, and we’ll also get a glimpse of what the clearcut could look like I time. Meet at the Day Use Area, 500 Conservation Road, Burlington. Total walk is about a mile. Note this event coincides with the opening of the “On the Trail of Art” exhibit at the forest (see below).
Paddle and Pull—Silver Lake. Saturday, June 18, 10am-2pm. Join OCCA and the Silver Lake community for a good time as we continue trying to rid the lake of water chestnut and European frog-bit. Please note at the request of the community, only OCCA and local watercraft are permitted. Please sign up to reserve space. Bring sunscreen, water, and dress to get wet. Lunch will be provided.
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On the Trail of Art, June 11, 12 at Basswood Pond State Forest, Burlington. Sponsored by Butternut Valley Alliance, this is a free, weekend long event featuring a community art installation at Basswood Pond State Forest. The event includes displays of student and professional artists, demonstrations, music and more. For free tickets, click here.