According to renowned biologist E O Wilson, invasive species are the second greatest threat to biological diversity after habitat loss. Their impacts are wide ranging, from a decrease in native plants and animals to an increase in the number of Lyme disease carrying ticks. What can you do to help?
iMapInvasives is an online mapping tool that supports efforts to protect New York State from invasive species. Attend a training session at the Jay Heritage Center on Tuesday July 31 from 1 - 4pm at the 1907 Van Norden Carriage House. Learn to identify and locate these threats that are prevalent throughout the Hudson Valley and Westchester County using GPS and your smartphone. All interested groups, from land managers to the general public, are encouraged to help keep the NYS map up-to-date and accurate by reporting invasive species sightings.
Training is required to enter data. This free program is being offered with options for basic (observation) and advanced (survey and treatment) data entry. High school students and environmental clubs may be especially interested in participating with their teachers or advisors.
Please Note: Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, please go to:
This program was made possible through a grant from Con Edison which supports many educational programs in sustainability and civic advocacy at the Jay Heritage Center. Funding for iMapInvasives provided by The Nature Conservancy, and the NYS EPF through a contract with NYS DEC