Invasive Species Week: learn & help in WNY

red lily leaf beetle
The red lily leaf beetle is one of the invasive species that vex Western New York gardeners. See more information about red lily leaf beetle here. Image courtesy Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut,

WNY PRISM is marking New York Invasive Species Awareness Week with a series of events.

Want a chance to win a prize? After attending an event, fill out the New York Invasive Species Awareness Week survey.

To see the statewide webinar series, check out the 2023 NYISAW Statewide Website and Calendar.


Saturday, June 3

Walk and Talk

10 a.m. – 12p.m.

Pfeiffer Nature Center’s Eshelman Property, 1420 Yubadam Rd., Portville

WNY PRISM will be guiding folks on a leisurely walk along the trails at Pfeiffer Nature Center’s Eshelman Property. The program will focus on invasive species identification and management.

Please register: WNY PRISM Walk and Talks


Monday, June 5

Invasive Plant Species Identification and iMapInvasives Training

9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Marcy Casino at Delaware Park, 199 Lincoln Parkway, Buffalo

This training, hosted by WNY PRISM in partnership with Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, will cover how to identify some of Western New York’s common and priority invasive plant species and how to report observations. This training will be limited to 40 participants, and registration is required, so sign up soon.

Register here: Invasive Plant ID & iMap Training


Wednesday, June 7

Aquatic Management Workshop: Prioritization and Integrated Pest Management

1 – 3  p.m.

SUNY Fredonia’s Kelly Family Auditorium, Science Center, 1st Floor (Room 105), Science Dr., Fredonia

Join WNY PRISM for a free workshop on aquatic invasive plant species management, designed for professionals, community scientists and the public. This workshop will cover the things property owners and managers need to consider when developing a plan of action to address aquatic invasive species, with a focus on plant species. The workshop will be limited to 35 participants, and registration is required, so sign up soon.

Register here: Aquatic Management Workshop


Thursday, June 8

Pathways of Invasion: Understanding How Invasive Species Spread (and how to stop them!)

1-2 p.m.


Learn about the common pathways of invasion and how this knowledge can be put to use in order help stop them in their tracks! Whether you are looking to manage invasive species on a landscape scale, across a hundred-acre preserve or in your own backyard, understanding how invasive species are introduced and spread is a key to being successful.

Register here: Pathways of Invasion Webinar


Saturday, June 10

Invasive Plant Removal Volunteer Workday

9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Como Lake Park, 2220 Como Park Blvd., Lancaster

Join WNY PRISM and Erie County Parks, Recreation and Forestry to help remove invasive plants from Como Lake Park’s natural regeneration areas and learn more about the importance of these efforts! Registration is required.

Register here: WNY PRISM Volunteer Workdays


Sunday, June 11

Meet a Boat Steward!

7 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.

Various locations (see list below)

Visit one of your local boat launches to meet one of WNY PRISM’s Boat Stewards. Learn about what they do and how you can help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species through practices like Clean Drain Dry.

  • Amherst Veterans Canal Park
  • Bemus Point
  • Black Rock Canal Park
  • Cuba Lake
  • Gratwick Riverside Park and Marina
  • Griffon Park
  • Holley Erie Canal (Sans Souci Park)
  • Isle View County Park
  • Niawanda Park
  • North Tonawanda Botanical Garden
  • Onoville Marina
  • Prendergast Point
  • Sturgeon Point
  • Town of Hanover Boat Launch
  • Town of Newfane (Olcott)
  • West Canal Park
  • Wide Waters Marina (Nelson C. Goehle)

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