Storytelling and the Language of Invasive Species Virtual Workshop

This virtual workshop will explore the art of storytelling and how to frame invasive species language in a way that reduces cultural biases, racism, and exclusionary concepts. Interactive ad-lib style activities will be incorporated to engage the audience and have fun with this concept! This webinar will be catered toward professionals, but is open to anyone interested! Register here:

Long Island Invasive Species Bioblitz 2024: Kickoff Webinar

Community members across Long Island and New York City are participating in the Long Island Invasive Species BioBlitz 2024 for Invasive Species Awareness Week (NYISAW), June 3 – 9. The BioBlitz promotes knowledge and understanding of invasive species and empowers YOU to help protect our local biodiversity!

Participants are encouraged to contribute invasive species observations, along with native species observations, from across the region of LIISMA region – including Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. LIISMA is offering a Zoom webinar to teach invasive and native species identification and the use of the free iNaturalist and iMapInvasives apps, on May 30, 7:00pm.
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How can I join the BioBlitz?

– Register for the kickoff webinar taking place on May 30 at 7pm to learn how to use iNaturalist and what species to look out for during the Blitz.
– Join the Long Island BioBlitz project on iNaturalist:. Make sure you are logged in to iNaturalist, then click “join” in the top right of the project.
– Start BioBlitzing! Make observations on iNaturalist between June 1 – 9 independently or at one of our BioBlitz events (your entries will automatically count towards the Blitz once you’ve joined the project!)
– Register here:

Beech Leaf Disease and Spotted Lanternfly: How To ID and Report!

Beech leaf disease and Spotted lanternfly are two invasive species spreading rapidly across the eastern US coast and can have severe impacts on forest ecosystems, recreation, and agriculture as their populations expand. Join CRISP Terrestrial Invasive Species Manager Dan Snider-Nerp to learn how to survey and identify both forest pests, and how to report them to the state invasive species database iMapInvasives. The more data on these species in iMapInvasives, the more effective the treatment response can be, and the less impact these pests will have in our region.

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Management of Aquatic Invasive Species

Join Hannah Coppola in a New York Invasive Species Awareness Week presentation, featuring the management of aquatic invasive species (AIS). Lake associations, waterfront property owners, and interested members of the public are encouraged to register to learn how to maintain a healthy lake ecosystem, and prevent AIS from encroaching on recreational lake activities. Presentation topics include: Prioritizing management locations on your waterbody, CR-PRISM list and identification of high threat aquatic invasive species, management options and example cost breakdowns, and an opportunity for collaboration!

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Spotted Lanternfly: Be on the Lookout

The Spotted Lanternfly became established in parts of NYC in 2020 and has popped up in upstate locations over the last couple of years. This colorful invasive insect can become a nuisance in landscapes and is a threat to vineyards right here in the Finger Lakes. We can all do our part because early detections of this pest are critical in its management. In this session we’ll show images of this insect so it can be recognized in its different life stages which range from tan egg masses, to tiny crawling black nymphs to the adult with polka dotted outer wings and bright-orange underwings. By the end of the program, you will know it’s favorite host plants, how to easily report sightings and we’ll discuss management options.


Aquatic Explorers: Get to Know the Species in Your Waters on a Virtual Lake Survey

Join the Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA) to dive into the identification of native and invasive plants and animals that you may encounter at your local waterbodies. On this interactive virtual lake survey, you will learn what goes into an aquatic survey and how you can do your part to prevent and report invasive species. This is a beginner-friendly webinar great for kids, families, and all ages!

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Presented by:
Kassidy Robinson, LIISMA Education and Outreach Manager
Melody Penny, LIISMA Early Detection and Rapid Response Manager

Learn Invasive Species by Becoming a Trail Master!

We are actively looking for volunteers to join the FL PRISM Trail Survey for 2023! Similar to our Macrophyte Survey, you can join the effort to fight our terrestrial invasive species by becoming a “Trail Master”. This hour long training will teach you how to identify common invasive plant species. As a Trail Master, you will then go out and survey a trail of your choosing for these species once a month. Help us find invasive species before they get out of control, be more active this summer, and help your environment.


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. (


State of the Science: Harmful Algal Blooms and Invasive Species

Interested in learning about harmful algal blooms (HABs) and their intersection with invasive species issues? Join us on June 10th at 1pm (ET) for this 2022 New York Invasive Species Awareness Week webinar to hear from leading professionals about the latest science and management efforts. The agenda will include:
– General overview of HABs and broad connections with invasive species
– Direct connections between dresseinid mussels and HABs
– Invasive plant management and HABs
– Q&A + discussion

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