Spotted lanternfly adult from Wikimedia Commons

Adult spotted lanternfly


Scout for New Invasives - Citizen-Science Training

  • Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Thursday, June 11, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Thursday, June 18, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Help survey the Hudson Valley Region for new invasive pests and diseases.

Reports of invasive pests newly detected in New York are causing great concern. Scouting for these pests, reporting their presence and stopping their spread are urgent needs. You can help.

Spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive planthopper that can feed on a wide variety of plants including grapevines, hops, maples and fruit trees. It is established in neighboring states and individuals were found in our region last year.

Beech leaf disease (BLD) affects the native American beech (Fagus grandifolia), an important tree in our forests and landscapes, as well as other beeches. It can cause mortality in saplings in as little as one year and spreads rapidly. In 2019 it was found in our region, Long Island and Connecticut.

Jumping worms (Amynthas sp.) cause harm by damaging the soil in forests, turf and gardens. Their cocoons survive our winters and spread in soil or compost. They have been in our region for some time, but are under-reported.

This workshop will prepare individuals such as gardeners, hikers, landscapers and forest managers to scout for these pests. Training will include identification, potential damage, methods of spread, monitoring and management of the pests and disease. Trainees will be asked to be “boots on the ground” to assist in the detection of the pests and to report them using the NYS DEC iMapInvasives mobile application.

CCE Dutchess County will deliver the training via Zoom, 9:30 – 11:00. Click here to register for the series.

Tuesday, June 9       Introduction, Citizen Science, Beech leaf disease
Thursday, June 11    Spotted lanternfly (SLF)
Tuesday, June 16     Jumping worms
Thursday, June 18    iMapInvasives, Call to Action.

This program is part of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management’s efforts to stop the spread of invasive species in the Lower Hudson Valley.Questions can be addressed to Joyce Tomaselli, CCEDC,, 845-677-8223 ext. 134

Visit for more information on how the LHPRISM strives to address invasive species issues through its partnerships. Click on “Upcoming Events” or “Get Involved” to learn more.



Last updated May 21, 2020