Tuesday February 23 from 10:00am-2:30pm Forest Pest Workshop
Thursday February 25 from 10:00am-2:30pm Aquatic Invasives Workshop
Chautauqua County sits on the continental divide between two major watersheds; the water leaving our region either flows towards the Gulf of Mexico (via the Allegheny, Ohio-Mississippi Watershed) or towards the northern Atlantic Ocean (via the Great Lakes Watershed). Maintaining water quality in our region is therefore especially critical Aquatic invasive species can pose a major threat to water quality, and to the biodiversity within aquatic ecosystems. This day-long workshop will address the aquatic invasive species that burden Lake Erie, Chautauqua Lake, and other local waterways. Participants will also be introduced to iMapInvasives, a database used to track the progress of invasive species. The following professionals will be delivering talks to share their expertise and experience:
Eco-logic: Using Native Plants in the Landscape ; Guest Lecture by Ken Parker
Ken Parker, a passionate indigenous horticulturalist, New York State Certified Landscape Professional (CNLP), and Seneca native, will discuss the importance of using native plants in landscaping as opposed to non-natives, as well as the Seneca Nation Native Plant Policy that went into effect last year.
Invasive Species Management: Picking battles large enough to matter and small enough to win;
Webinar with Norris Muth of Juniata College
With these invasive species posing more problems than can possibly all be solved at once, how can landowners decide when and how to act? We will discuss some ways to prioritize and make management decisions towards reducing the impact of invasive species. Norris will be calling in for the discussion portion of the webinar to answer questions from the audience. Norris’ bio can be found at http://www.juniata.edu/academics/provost/bio.php?id=MUTH
Birds and Invasives; Guest Lecture by Andrea Locke from WNY PRISM
The relationship between birds and invasive species can be complex. Andrea Locke, WNY PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management) Coordinator will shed some light on these complexities as she discusses invasive bird species, invasive species impacts on native bird populations and management strategies. Locke has spent over a decade working to maintain and restore native diversity in several different U.S. ecosystems.
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