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2019 Field Notes: eDNA Sampling

2019 Field Notes: eDNA Sampling

Surveying for aquatic invasive species is difficult, especially in large, open bodies of water like the Great Lakes. The tools used in traditional surveying including nets, traps, electrofishing and rake tosses can miss early infestations that may consist of only a few individuals. However, when surveying for invasive species, we want to find new infestations […]

By August 13, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Giant Hogweed: NYS DEC Announces Management Progress

Giant Hogweed: NYS DEC Announces Management Progress

Giant hogweed is one of the most infamous invasive species in our area. It is well known for its ability to cause severe skin and eye irritation resulting in painful burns, scarring and even blindness. Thankfully, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC) has been working to eradicate populations across the state. […]

Welcome to our Slender False Brome Seasonal Staff

Welcome to our Slender False Brome Seasonal Staff

WNY PRISM is pleased to welcome its seasonal employees who focus on Slender False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum), including two Survey Technicians, Amanda Gabryszak and Kathleen McCormick, and one GIS Technician, Melissa Boglioli. Amanda and Kathleen will survey sites within WNY PRISM’s region to find new populations of slender false brome while Melissa will continue her […]

Boat Stewards: Now at a Boat Launch Near You!

Boat Stewards: Now at a Boat Launch Near You!

This season marks an exciting first for WNY PRISM with the introduction of our first, fully developed Watercraft Inspection Program! Last week we trained 20 Boat Stewards and Lead Stewards, a tenfold increase from our two Boat Stewards last year. Throughout the summer, they will perform voluntary watercraft inspections to remove visible aquatic plants and […]

WNY PRISM Welcomes its 2019 Summer Crew

WNY PRISM Welcomes its 2019 Summer Crew

WNY PRISM is excited to welcome its 2019 Summer Crew! This year we are welcoming our three Invasive Species Management Assistants, Derek Claus, Ryan Elliott, and Payton Hanssen, as well as our Education and Outreach Assistant, Ashley Carmichael. Derek, Ryan and Payton will be working in the field on many different projects across our region. […]

WNY PRISM Spring 2019 Newsletter

WNY PRISM Spring 2019 Newsletter

WNY PRISM has released our Spring 2019 Newsletter! Featured stories include Imperiled Insects and Invasive Species, WNY PRISM Watercraft Inspection Program, Japanese Stiltgrass Early Detection, Invasive Species Management Plans and Japanese Angelica Tree.

Oak Wilt: The Importance of Early Detection and Spread Prevention

Oak Wilt: The Importance of Early Detection and Spread Prevention

When we think of invasive species, we imagine the emerald ash borer, giant hogweed or Asian carp. While these invasive plants and animals receive a lot of attention, fungi and diseases can also be invasive species. Oak wilt is a disease caused by an invasive fungus that attacks the xylem tissue of a tree. This […]

Japanese Stiltgrass Update

Japanese Stiltgrass Update

Japanese stiltgrass is a highly destructive invasive species recently found in East Aurora. Immediately after it was reported in 2017, WNY PRISM and local partners took action. Join us to learn more about Japanese stiltgrass, get an update on outreach and survey efforts, learn about Best Management Practices, and discuss next steps. Questions can be […]

By February 8, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
WNY PRISM Boat Steward Positions Open!

WNY PRISM Boat Steward Positions Open!

WNY PRISM is expanding its Watercraft Inspection Boat Steward Program! We are currently accepting applications for Boat Stewards/Environmental Educators (20) and Lead Stewards (1-2). Job sites will be located throughout the WNY PRISM region, please see the job posting for additional details. Boat Stewards/Environmental Educators will interact with the public at boat launches and submit […]

By February 4, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
WNY PRISM 2019 Seasonal Positions Open!

WNY PRISM 2019 Seasonal Positions Open!

WNY PRISM is now accepting applications for our 2019 Summer Crew!

2019 WNY PRISM Crew Assistance Program

2019 WNY PRISM Crew Assistance Program

WNY PRISM is currently seeking project proposals for consideration under the 2019 WNY PRISM Crew Assistance Program! To assist with invasive species management activities within the 8-county WNY PRISM region, the WNY PRISM Crew is available to work with partners on new and ongoing management projects. The Crew works June through early September and consists […]

By December 11, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
New Strategy to Reduce Invasive Mussels

New Strategy to Reduce Invasive Mussels

The Invasive Mussel Collaborative announced today that it has released a new strategy to reduce invasive mussels and their negative impacts.

By November 29, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
WNY PRISM is hiring!

WNY PRISM is hiring!

WNY PRISM seeking qualified candidates to join our team as we expand our Aquatic Invasive Species and Education and Outreach programming! We are currently accepting applications for two new positions – Aquatic Invasive Species Programs Manager and Education and Outreach Programs Manager.

By October 16, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
2018 Summer Education and Outreach

2018 Summer Education and Outreach

Another Side to Invasive Species Management Managing invasive species is not just about the removal and treatment of the species themselves, but also includes education and outreach to prevent the establishment of invasive species in the first place. WNY PRISM hosts and attends education and outreach events throughout the region to increase awareness and understanding […]

By October 12, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
WNY PRISM Fall 2018 Newsletter

WNY PRISM Fall 2018 Newsletter

WNY PRISM has released our Fall 2018 Newsletter! Featured stories include Advances in Invasive Species Detection, the Great Lakes Restoration Grant, Crew Highlights and a Partner Spotlight on the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. Check out our Fall 2018 Newsletter here:┬áVol 4. Issue II Fall 2018