Training for Blockbuster Volunteers - Invasive Plants Survey

Training for Blockbuster Volunteers - Invasive Plants Survey

Training for Blockbuster Volunteers - Invasive Plants Survey

Training for Blockbuster Volunteers - Invasive Plants Survey

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Stop the Spread: Help us “Bust” Invasive Plants

Lower Hudson Blockbuster Survey: Q & A

Stop the Spread: come out and count invasive species to preserve our native plants and animals!

What is a Blockbuster Survey? Simply put the 8 county region of the Lower Hudson Valley is broken up into blocks on a map. Each square on this grid is a “block” on the blockbuster survey. The survey is organized by the lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM). CCE is a partner organization.

Who is the Lower Hudson Partnership for invasive Species Management (LHPRISM)? A group of about 45 organizations and individuals in the 8 counties of the Lower Hudson Valley (including NYC). The NYS DEC PRISM funds 8 Partnerships like this across NYS.

Why are they doing this? The LHPRISM organized this survey because partners feel it’s important to know what invasive species are out there, and just as important to know where they are not. Knowledgeable volunteers with boots on the ground are one of the best ways to find out.

When is it happening? Recruitment trainings for 2017 will be continued through the month of May. Survey Trainings will be held throughout the lower Hudson Valley on different days of the week in June. Surveys will take place through late summer when it’s easier to spot many of the survey plants.

What’s your role? Attend the training, and adopt a block to survey. We’ll show you how to record what you’ve found or haven’t found. And we’ll help you learn how to identify invasive plants. Plus you’ll learn more about these backyard invaders and where you can find out how to get rid of the ones on your property.

Bring a friend! We prefer you survey with partner. If you don’t have a survey partner, we’ll find you one. A partner will help with identification and recording, and it is always safer to go out as a team.

Choose your favorite park or natural area. As long as it is in the grid and hasn’t been surveyed already! Do something to protect the resources you care about!

How big is a block? Grids are 5 x 5 kilometers but you only survey a portion of the block.

What is an invasive species? DEC defines invasive species as “non-native species that can cause harm to the environment, the economy or to human health. Invasives come from all around the world. As international trade increases, so does the rate of invasive species introductions.”

Why are Invasive Species a Problem? They can be responsible for:

· Habitat degradation and loss,

· Loss of native fish, wildlife and tree species,

· Loss of recreational opportunities and income,

· Crop damage and diseases in humans and livestock


Training for Blockbuster Volunteers - Invasive Plants Survey

Help us “bust” the cycle of invasive plant invaders! We are looking for volunteers to participate in the Blockbuster Citizen-Science Program, a part of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management’s ( PRISM) efforts to stop the spread of invasive species in the lower Hudson Valley.

You will be part of a region-wide team of volunteers who will help us find and identify key invasive species and find areas that are free of invaders. Data collected will help scientists and natural resource managers direct their efforts most effectively. You can select species that you feel comfortable identifying, so you do not have to be a plant expert to participate!

Trainings on June 16 and 27: Trainings for survey volunteers will take place on Friday, June 16th from 9AM - 1PM and Tuesday, June 27th from 1PM - 5PM at our office (10 Patriot Hills Drive in Stony Point). You need only attend one of the trainings. After the training you will pick a 5 km x 5 km block in your area and survey it for invasive plants.

If you are interested in learning more about the program or in becoming a volunteer, contact Ann Marie Palefsky (contact info below) or PRISM efforts to stop the spread of invasive species in the lower Hudson Valley.

Additional trainings will be held throughout the Hudson Valley. Participate in one near you! See locations and dates below, and to register, click on the link to the right of each date:

Host Date Time Phone Registration Link
CCE Dutchess County Saturday, June 03, 2017 9am - 1 pm 845-677-8223 ext 134 Click to register
CCE Orange County Wednesday, June 07, 2017 9am - 1 pm 845-344-1234 Click to register
CCE Putnam County Thursday, June 08, 2017 2 - 6 pm 845-278-6738 x21 Click to register
NYBG (NYC) Tuesday, June 13, 2017 9am - 1pm 914-329-6395 Click to register
CCE Rockland county Friday, June 16, 2017 9am - 1pm 845 429 7085 x119 Click to register
CCE Dutchess County Saturday, June 17, 2017 9am - 1 pm 845-677-8223 ext 134 Click to register
CCE Putnam County Tuesday, June 20, 2017 2 - 6 pm 845-278-6738 x21 Click to register
CCE Ulster County Thursday, June 22, 2017 12 – 4 pm 845-340-3990 ext. 335 Click to register
CCE Ulster County Friday, June 23, 2017 12 – 4 pm 845-340-3990 ext. 335 Click to register
CCE Rockland County Tuesday, June 27, 2017 1 - 5 pm 845 429 7085 x119 Click to register
CCE Westchester County Wednesday, June 28, 2017 11am - 3 pm 914- 285-4640 Click to register


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Last updated June 8, 2017