Volunteers Community Partners

Education & Outreach

Through use of effective education and outreach efforts, WNY PRISM strives to increase regional awareness, and understanding of invasive species issues, and increase participation in effective management efforts.


Check your Trees for Invasive Pests!
Asian Longhorned Beetle on a tree. photo credit: Kenneth R. Law, USDA APIS PPQ, bugwood.org

Asian Longhorned Beetle on a tree. photo credit: Kenneth R. Law, USDA APIS PPQ, bugwood.org

It’s National Tree Check Month and the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) is the focus of invasive species outreach efforts, as WNY PRISM and Partners across the country work to raise awareness of this emerging threat to the hardwood forests of North America. This is a great time to be on the lookout! In WNY PRISM, we have 2 opportunities to get involved. For individuals, you can assist with early detection by checking your trees and pool filters for ALB and reporting any potential sightings to DEC. For groups, you can host an ALB tree tagging event. WNY PRISM has informational tags that can be tied around ALB susceptible trees. These tags are perfect for use along high traffic trails, to help raise public awareness about this priority pest.

For more information about ALB Pool Surveys, visit: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/110851.html

For more information about hosting an ALB tagging event, contact:  wnyprism@buffalostate.edu





WNY PRISM Invasive Species Coloring Book!

Whether as part of an outreach event or in the classroom, the WNY PRISM Invasive Species Coloring Book is a great, interactive way to engage youth in learning about the impacts of invasive species. You can download a print the whole thing, or just select the species you’re interested in!

WNY PRISM Invasive Species Coloring Book




WNY PRISM Lending Library

The WNY PRISM Lending Library was developed to provide partners with the opportunity to borrow invasive species outreach items for use in regional events and educational efforts. Items identified here are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Rules and rules and restrictions do apply. If you are interested in borrowing something, or would like more information, please contact WNY PRISM through wnyprism@buffalostate.edu, and write “Lending Library” in the subject line.

WNY PRISM Lending Library Event Tracking Form

 Emerald Ash Borer Costume
Project Manager, Lucy Nuessle, donned the EAB Costume for WNY PRISM at the 2017 Tifft Insectival. Photo Credit: WNY PRISM.

Project Manager, Lucy Nuessle, wore the EAB Costume at the 2017 Tifft Insectival. Photo Credit: WNY PRISM.

The WNY PRISM Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Costume is a great way to attract attention to your outreach display and engage youth. It may also be used to greet guests at presentations, and many other forest pest related events.

WNY PRISM EAB Costume Directions





Invasive Species Posters

WNY PRISM invasive species posters are perfect for rotating displays, such as those in visitor centers, libraries, or schools. These are perfect for  Invasive Species Awareness Week, or to highlight local events throughout the year. Posters are available as kits – each including the main poster (1), iMapInvasives poster (1), and up to 4 additional 11×17 posters of your choice, depending on availability.

30×40 Invasive Species PosterMile-A-Minute Vine 11x17

11×17 Posters

  • Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus planipennis)
  • Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (Adelges tsugae)
  • Mile-A-Minute Vine (Persicaria perfoliata)
  • Slender False Brome (Brachypodium sylvaticum)
  • Water Hyacinth (Eichornia crassipes)
  • Invasive Bird Species
  • Birds and Invasive Species
  • iMapInvasives



Invasive Species Poster 30×40 – WNY PRISM Display Kit