Archives for the month of: June, 2016

a photo of a shrub rose with green leaves, a brown stem and small white rose flowers, this is an invasive plant in the Hudson Valley NY

Multiflora rose, one of several invasive plants in the Hudson Valley

Stop the Spread: Help us “Bust” Invasive Plants!

 Kingston, NY – Please help us “bust” the cycle of invasive plant invaders!  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) will be holding two short recruitment events for the Blockbuster Citizen-Science Program on June 13 from 12:30-1:00pm and 5:30-6:00pm at our office, 232 Plaza Road in Kingston.  You will learn how you can help CCEUC and the NYS DEC to survey for the presence of invasive plants in the Hudson Valley this summer.  Please RSVP to Dona at 845-340-3990 ext. 335 ordm282@cornell.edu.

Training for the survey will begin in early July, several dates and locations will be offered.  After the training you will pick a 5 km x 5 km block in your area and survey it for invasive plants.  You will select the species that you feel comfortable identifying, so you do not have to be a plant expert to participate. As a Blockbuster Volunteer you will be part of a region-wide team of volunteers who will help us find and identify key invasive species and find areas that are free of invaders. Data collected will help scientists and natural resource managers direct their efforts most effectively. This program is part of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management’s (PRISM) efforts to stop the spread of invasive species in the lower Hudson Valley.

To become a volunteer, or if you are interested but cannot attend the recruitment events on June 13, contact Dona Crawford at 845-340-3990 ext. 335 or dm282@cornell.edu.

For information about Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s community programs and events go to http://ulster.cce.cornell.edu/.  Stay connected to CCEUC-friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County provides equal program and employment opportunities.  Please contact the program office at 845-340-3990 if you have any special needs.

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At this time of year, turtles may attempt to cross roads

Please be on the look out for these slow-moving animals as they cross roads to reach the area where they lay their eggs. If it is safe to do so, some people park their cars and then carry the turtle across the road (in the direction the turtle is heading). Local folks suggest keeping a small shovel or spade in the car which they use to move turtles. Never hold or drag a turtle by the tail as this may injure it. If you find an injured turtle, here is a list of New York DEP wildlife rehabilitators who handle turtles. (Note: Only licensed rehabilitators are permitted to work with wildlife).

a photo of a small wild turtle with a dark brown shell walking through leaves and grass in early summer in the Hudson Valley NY

A turtle heading across a road

 

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