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.
|CCE Dutchess County||Saturday, June 03, 2017||9am - 1 pm||845-677-8223 ext 134||Click to register|
|CCE Orange County||Wednesday, June 07, 2017||9am - 1 pm||845-344-1234||Click to register|
|CCE Putnam County||Thursday, June 08, 2017||2 - 6 pm||845-278-6738 x21||Click to register|
|NYBG (NYC)||Tuesday, June 13, 2017||9am - 1pm||914-329-6395||Click to register|
|CCE Rockland county||Friday, June 16, 2017||9am - 1pm||845 429 7085 x119||Click to register|
|CCE Dutchess County||Saturday, June 17, 2017||9am - 1 pm||845-677-8223 ext 134||Click to register|
|CCE Putnam County||Tuesday, June 20, 2017||2 - 6 pm||845-278-6738 x21||Click to register|
|CCE Ulster County||Thursday, June 22, 2017||12 – 4 pm||845-340-3990 ext. 335||Click to register|
|CCE Ulster County||Friday, June 23, 2017||12 – 4 pm||845-340-3990 ext. 335||Click to register|
|CCE Rockland County||Tuesday, June 27, 2017||1 - 5 pm||845 429 7085 x119||Click to register|
|CCE Westchester County||Wednesday, June 28, 2017||11am - 3 pm||914- 285-4640||Click to register|
Last updated May 12, 2017