(Editor's note: In celebration of Adirondack Invasive Species Awareness Week, this week's "Eye on Invasives" column, by Hilary Smith, has been replaced by the event schedule for this week.)
Organizations, such as the Olympic Regional Development Authority, seen above, are helping to get the word out about invasive species during the 8th Annual Adirondack Invasive Species Awareness Week, July 7 to 13.
July 7 to 13
Invasive species come in all shapes and sizes, from pesky plants to wily feral swine. To help raise awareness about harmful invasives and ways to stop their spread, groups across the region are sponsoring fun and educational activities during the eighth annual Adirondack Invasive Species Awareness Week. This year's lineup of public events includes forest pest workshops; floating classrooms; plant training sessions; Ask-An-Expert opportunities and more. Events are free, but pre-registration may be requested. Attend an event and learn about what is being done to protect the Adirondacks from invasives and how you can help.
Every day during Awareness Week
-Signage, Region-wide: Keep an eye out for invasive species messages at various business and municipal roadside signs across the region. Signs will include messages like, "Wash those waders! Save our Rivers!"
-Going to the movies in Old Forge or Indian Lake? Check out the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program's invasive species educational ad at The Strand Theater and the Indian Lake Theater.
-Watershed Stewardship Program, Region-wide Visit with stewards at boat launches to learn how to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Stewards are located at White Lake, Hollywood Hills (First Lake), Fourth Lake, Limekiln Lake, Seventh Lake, Eighth Lake, Raquette Lake Village and Burke's Marina, Forked Lake, Long Lake, Stillwater Reservoir, Cranberry Lake, Tupper Lake, Chateaugay Lake, Meacham Lake, St. Regis Canoe Area (Hoel Pond/Little Clear / Floodwood Road), Upper St. Regis Lake, Lake Placid, Lake Flower, Rainbow Lake, Osgood Pond, Saratoga Lake, Schroon Lake, Loon Lake, Lake George and Lake Champlain.
-11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Ask-An-Expert, Lake George Visitors Center) Ask An Invasive Species Expert at the Lake George Visitor Center and learn about invasive species, including Lake George's newest invader, the Asian clam, invading plants and current invasive pests that are threatening forests, including the emerald ash borer and the Asian longhorned beetle. View samples, learn about signs of infestations and get up-to-date on regulations. Sponsored by the Lake George Association and state Department of Environmental Conservation.
Tuesday, July 9
-9 a.m. to noon: Forest Pest Workshop, Lake George Land Conservancy, Bolton Landing. Learn about invasive pests that are threatening forests and how to identify common trees and signs to look for that might signal a pest infestation. The workshop includes a presentation followed by a short hike at Amy's Park. Advance registration required at 518-644-9673 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsored by the Lake George Land Conservancy
Wednesday, July 10
-9:30 a.m. to noon: Garlic Mustard Mapping and Management, Niccolls Memorial Church, Old Forge. Calling all volunteers! Help is needed to spot and pull garlic mustard in Old Forge. Dress for picking weeds and bring garden gloves, trowel, bug spray and water. CAP-21 will supply the garbage bags for weed removal. Older children are encouraged to attend. CAP-21 will provide refreshments. RSVP to CAP-21 at 369-3353 or email@example.com. Sponsored by CAP-21 and APIPP.
Thursday, July 11
-10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Ask-An-Expert, Long Lake Farmers' Market. Ask An Invasive Species Expert about aquatic invasive species prevention, management and ways to stop their spread. Sponsored by Paul Smith's College Watershed Stewardship Program.
-11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Ask-An-Expert, Tupper Lake Farmers' Market, The Wild Center. Ask An Invasive Species Expert about invasive species prevention, management and ways to stop their spread. Sponsored by APIPP.
Friday, July 12
-10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Information Tables, Adirondack Waterfest, Chestertown. Join APIPP and partners in celebrating local water resources and water quality at this great festival with live music, food and fun. Sponsored by LC-LG Regional Planning Board
-5 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Ask An Expert, Long Lake Boat Floatilla. Check out the parade of boats, enjoy local music and Ask An Invasive Species Expert about aquatic invasive species. Sponsored by Paul Smith's College Watershed Stewardship. Program
Saturday, July 13
-10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Ask-An-Expert, High Peaks Welcome Centers, I-87. Stop by the I-87 High Peaks Welcome Centers on your travels and Ask An Invasive Species Expert about invasive species identification, management and ways to stop their spread. Sponsored by APIPP.