Spotted Lanternfly Workshop

Celebrate NYS Invasive Species Awareness Week with the CCE of Broome County and Finger Lakes PRISM at Sandy Beach Park (Binghamton, NY) on Saturday, June 10th to learn all about the invasive Spotted Lanternfly (SLF). This pest insect, native to Asia, has been slowly making its way into our area with the first stable populations in Broome County being found and monitored last summer. SLF is a generalist pest and poses a great threat to many of NY’s crop plants such as grapes, hops, and apples. During this workshop participants will learn how to identify the SLF at all life stages as well as their preferred host plants, learn how to report sightings to the state in order to more efficiently monitor their spread, and become familiar with some common management strategies. We are happy to offer this program free of charge for all community members. Any youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Provided in collaboration with The City of Binghamton’s Department of Parks & Recreation.

In the event of inclement weather all registered parties will be notified via email. The planned rain-date is the following day, Sunday, June 11th.


Rensselaer Lake Invasive Species

Join botanist Steve Young and take part in Invasive Species Awareness Week with a walk along the trails of Rensselaer Lake and Six Mile Water Works Park and into the Albany Pine Bush to identify the invasive species there and see how the native species are holding up. Easy hike.
The parking lot is off the circle on Fuller Road where the exit and entrance are for I-90. GPS: 42.696317, -73.830627.

Ask a Naturalist – Wild Parsnip & Spotted Wing Drosophila

Come learn about wild parsnip, Spotted Wing Drosophila, and get a chance to ask a naturalist or Master Gardener Volunteer with Ken Kogut (MGV) and Nick Hamilton-Honey.

WHERE: Potsdam Public Library, Mezzanine Classroom, 2 Park St. #1, Potsdam, NY 13676

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Gardeners’ Role in Invasive Control

Learn about the gardeners’ role in controlling invasives with Erica LaFountain and Nick Hamilton-Honey of Cornell Cooperative Extension. How do you know if a plant is not native to the North Country, how to identify some common garden invasives, what to plant instead of non-native species, and more.

Where: Potsdam Public Library, Mezzanine Classroom, 2 Park St. #1, Potsdam, NY 13676

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Spotted Lanternfly: What You Need to Know

Join the Capital Region Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management for a program on the threat of the spotted lanternfly. The presentation will cover identification, the damage it causes and how to take action to slow its spread. Spotted lanternfly is on the move, learn how to be prepared before it shows up on your doorstep.

Research on Purple Loosestrife

Dr. Jess Rogers, Biology Professor at SUNY Potsdam, will talk about her purple loosestrife research. Since 2017, Dr. Rogers has been conducting research with students and collaborators mapping purple loosestrife infestations along our North Country roads. In the last few years, she has been raising and releasing tiny beetles to combat this invasive in our local wetlands.

WHERE: Indian Creek Nature Center, 770 County Route 14, Rensselaer Falls, NY 13680

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Landscaping with Native Plants

Ever wonder why you have a plant in your yard you just can’t seem to get rid of? It’s likely it’s an invasive species! From pythons to zebra mussels, invasive species are of the greatest environmental, economic, and human health threats we face today. Matt Gallo, Terrestrial Invasive Species Coordinator for the FL PRISM will give an introduction to invasive species, history of different horticultural pathways, why non-natives can become invasive, and discuss common invasives that were introduced via horticulture and go over native plant alternatives.


Spotted Lanternfly Talk

Nick Hamilton-Honey of CCE and Kayla Edmunds of Nature Up North will talk about Spotted Lantern Fly. This invasive plant hopper can damage apples, grapes, hops, maple, walnut, and other agricultural crops as well as make being outside in your yard very unpleasant. Identifying this pest in all stages of its life, what to do if you see it, how to prevent this damaging pest from making it to St. Lawrence County, and more will be covered.

WHERE: Wachtmeister Field Station, County Route 27 (just south of SLU campus), Canton, NY 13617

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Native Pollinator-Plant Interactions: Designing Landscapes + Corridors to Support Regional Biodiversity

Join us for a presentation by Founder and Principal of Landscape Interactions Evan Abramson, leading us through a discussion and discovery about the key role that biodiversity plays in solving the climate crisis. The team at Landscape Interactions specializes in designing landscapes and planning corridors that build biodiversity and strengthen ecological resilience to a changing climate at the ecosystems level. (


All About Emerald Ash Borer

Aaron Barrigar of the St. Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District will talk about this invasive beetle and the extent to which it has moved across the county. EAB infested ash trees quickly decline and can fall or collapse without warning. Learn how to ID ash, EAB infestations, and what can be done.

WHERE: Canton Free Library, Paige Room, 8 Park St., Canton, NY 13617 315-386-3712

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