First Friday Lunch Bunch: invasive water chestnut

Date(s) - Friday, Sep 01, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Audubon Community Nature Center


The eradication of the invasive water chestnut at Audubon Community Nature Center (ACNC) will be the topic of Audubon’s First Friday Lunch Bunch from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Sept. 1 at the ACNC, 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

Ruth Lundin, president of ACNC, will give a report.

A BYO brown bag lunch and conversation will follow the program, with coffee and tea provided.

The fee for attending is $8 for the public or $6 for Nature Center Members. Register online. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Efforts to remove the plant began in the fall 2012. Lundin will teach you a bit about this plant, summarize the efforts taken to remove it and share lessons learned and the progress to date.

European water chestnut (Trapa natans) is an invasive aquatic plant that was released inadvertently into waters of the Northeast in the late 1800s. It is slowly spreading throughout New York State, clogging waterways, lakes and ponds and altering aquatic habitats. This variety of water chestnut is not the same as the product which can be purchased in cans at the supermarket.

T. natans is native to Europe, Asia and Africa. In its native habitat, the plant is kept in check by insect parasites. These insects are not present in North America. The plant colonizes areas of freshwater lakes and ponds and slow-moving streams and rivers where it forms dense mats of floating vegetation, causing problems for boaters and swimmers and negatively impacting aquatic ecosystem functioning.