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see details + Learn about Audubon Volunteer Invasive Species Efforts at The Empire State Plaza Farmers Market!
It’s New York State Invasive Species Awareness Week (ISAW) and ASCR is sharing our local Invasive Species Removal Successes!

Location: Empire State Plaza Farmers Market
Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza, 279 Madison Ave, Albany, NY 12242, United States

Come by the weekly Wednesday Empire State Plaza farmer’s market during ISAW for invasive species information and an informal iMap training session with Jennifer Dean from the NY Natural Heritage Program.

Exhibitors from State Parks, DEC, Dept. of Agriculture and Markets, Adirondack Mountain Club, and the Capital Mohawk Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management, and...Audubon Society of the Capital Region will be onsite with information about their respective invasive species programs including citizen science, watercraft inspection stewards, volunteer backcountry monitoring, and alternatives to invasive species for gardening/landscaping.



Date(s): 
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 @ 11:00am - 2:00pm

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see details + Volunteer Conservation Day! Invasive Wild Parsnip Removal Day!
Location: Thacher State Park. Meet @ Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, 87 Nature Center Way, Voorheesville, NY 12186

We Need YOUR Help! Come out and help remove Wild Parsnip in Thacher Park’s fields that are habitat for grassland, ground nesting birds such as the Bobolink, which has been breeding in the Park annually for years.

To register or for more information, please email Laurel Tormey-Cole at: Laurel.tormey-cole@parks.ny.gov

This project is done around mid-July, because this is the time of year when the plants are in flower and are tall enough and easier to spot in the fields.
IMPORTANT!
Be sure to wear a light weight long sleeved shirt, pants, closed toe footwear, and a hat. Bring work gloves if you have them or we will supply.  Bring loppers if you have them, but if you don’t there will be a couple extras on hand. Also bring a snack and water.

WHY? Wild Parsnip can be an irritant to skin and could cause redness and allow your skin to burn in the sun.

Removal is VERY EASY! It only requires a pair of loppers to cut the thin stem right at the base of the plant. Because the plant is a biennial, flowering in its second year of growth – the roots die and do not need to be dug out.
By removing the plants in mid-July we are able to remove them before they go to seed. Once in seed they are very paper-y and fall from the plants easily. Removal at that stage is no longer productive as it only aids in seed distribution.

Come out today to Volunteer for this very worthy effort to Save our Grassland Bird Habitat!

Volunteer Dates: Sunday July 10th and/or Sunday July 17th


Date(s): 
Sunday, July 10, 2016 @ 9:30am - 12:30pm
Sunday, July 17, 2016 @ 9:30am - 12:30pm

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