Through the month of July, the NY Natural Heritage Program is hosting the 8th Annual Invasive Species Mapping Challenge. Volunteers and professionals are joining forces to gather data on invasive species, providing conservation managers with the information they need to protect our natural resources. This year, the target species are Beech Leaf Disease, tree-of-heaven, jumping worm, and three aquatic invasive plants – water chestnut, European frogbit, and watercress.
We challenge you to get outside, check for one or more of our target species, and report your findings to NY iMapInvasives. For each species, the iMap user who surveys the most sites wins a prize from the DEC, and the top reporting PRISM earns a trophy.
Visit the NY iMapInvasives website to learn more about the challenge and meet this year’s target species.
Photo at top: 8th Annual Invasive Species Mapping Challenge graphic/photo. NYS DEC photo.