Barberry forest, with close-up of branch with berries

Barberry forest, with close-up of branch with berries

Swallow-wort flower

Swallow-wort flower

Invasive Plant Survey: Recruiting Volunteers

Blockbuster Survey

CCE Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Rockland Ulster, Westchester and NYBG along with the NYS DEC are recruiting for volunteers for the Blockbuster Citizen-Science Program. Volunteers are needed  to survey for the presence of invasive plants in the Hudson Valley this summer.

Throughout June training for the survey will begin, with several dates and locations offered. After the training you will pick a 5-km x 5-km block in your area and survey it for invasive plants.

This workshop prepares Lower Hudson PRISM volunteers to conduct BlockBuster Survey monitoring. The BlockBuster Survey program detects emerging invasive species introductions and fills data gaps in the Lower Hudson region. The Lower Hudson Valley counties have been divided into 5km by 5km (about 3 x 3 mile) blocks; volunteers will work with CCE educators and LHPRISM staff to determine surveying locations.

Volunteer surveyors will be trained in field identification, GPS data collection and other skills which will help them estimate the extent or absence of targeted invasive species and note new occurrences in their assigned  block.

BlockBuster Surveyors will map the current distribution and abundance (or absence) of 27 terrestrial invasive plants such as scotch broom, mile-a-minute weed, black swallow-wort, wineberry, Oriental bittersweet and Japanese barberry.

As a Blockbuster Volunteer you will be part of a region-wide team of volunteers who will help us find and identify key invasive species and find areas that are free of invaders. Data collected will help scientists and natural resource managers direct their efforts most effectively. This program is part of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management’s (LH-PRISM) efforts to stop the spread of invasive species in the lower Hudson Valley.

Download Blockbuster Survey Welcome Letter and Resources Here!

For dates and Registration Information View the Chart Below.

HostDateTimePhoneRegistration Link
CCE Dutchess CountySaturday, June 03, 20179am - 1 pm845-677-8223 ext 134Click to register
CCE Orange CountyWednesday, June 07, 20179am - 1 pm845-344-1234Click to register
CCE Putnam CountyThursday, June 08, 20172 - 6 pm845-278-6738 x21Click to register
NYBG (NYC)Tuesday, June 13, 20179am - 1pm914-329-6395Click to register
CCE Rockland countyFriday, June 16, 20179am - 1pm845 429 7085 x119Click to register
CCE Dutchess CountySaturday, June 17, 20179am - 1 pm845-677-8223 ext 134Click to register
CCE Putnam CountyTuesday, June 20, 20172 - 6 pm845-278-6738 x21Click to register
CCE Ulster CountyThursday, June 22, 201712 – 4 pm845-340-3990 ext. 335Click to register
CCE Ulster CountyFriday, June 23, 201712 – 4 pm845-340-3990 ext. 335Click to register
CCE Rockland CountyTuesday, June 27, 20171 - 5 pm845 429 7085 x119Click to register
CCE Westchester CountyWednesday, June 28, 201711am - 3 pm914- 285-4640Click to register

Last updated May 12, 2017