Volunteers needed to pull invasive honeysuckle

Date(s) - Thursday, Jul 13, 2017
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Kenneglenn Nature Preserve


In honor of Invasive Species Awareness Week, the Western New York Land Conservancy is partnering with the Western New York Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) to remove Tartarian honeysuckle from the Kenneglenn Nature Preserve, Route 20A and 78, Wales. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 13.

Tartarian honeysuckle is an invasive shrub that was introduced to the United States from Asia. Here in Western New York, where it has no natural controls, its leaves appear early in the spring and remain into late fall, giving it a competitive advantage over native plants. The implications of an invasive plant infestation are wide reaching, including impacts on native woodland plants, insects and birds.

“Some studies show that, unlike native plants, honeysuckle berries are not the high fat, nutrient rich food that migratory birds need to make their long flights,” said Jajean Rose-Burney, expert birder and deputy executive director at the Land Conservancy. “The native plants that migratory birds need disappear when honeysuckle takes over.”

PRISM and the Land Conservancy have been working hard over the last few years to control the honeysuckle infestation at Kenneglenn, but volunteers are needed to get the job done. PRISM staff will train all volunteers how to identify and remove honeysuckle. Tools and lunch will be provided.

Advance registration is requested at www.2017honeysuckleharvest.eventbrite.com. For more information, please call the Western New York Land Conservancy at (716) 687-1225.