Who's Doing What in Invasive Species Management in the Catskills, Part 2
Jul
10
9:00 AM09:00

Who's Doing What in Invasive Species Management in the Catskills, Part 2

At the “Who’s Doing What in Invasive Species Management in the Catskills” Conference we will share information from organizations and individuals that are working on invasive species in the CRISP region doing any of the following:


• Prevention
• Education and outreach
• Trainings on Identification 
• Early detection 
• Invasive species surveys and mapping
• Reporting in iMapInvasives, EDDMaps, or other database
• Rapid response
• Control
• Trainings on Best Management Practices
• Restoration
• Citizen science
• Research
• Funding that could help support any of the above

 
This will be the first in the series of “Who’s Doing What in Invasive Species Management.” Through these meetings we’ll be collecting info from organizations working on Invasive Species management throughout the CRISP region and putting together a Regional Invasive Species Management Plan that identifies redundancies and gaps and any efficiencies we can achieve through better coordination.

If you or your organization would like to present or create a poster for display at future meetings, please contact the CRISP Coordinator, John Thompson, at jthompson@catskillcenter.org

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Peekamoose Blue Hole; Leave No Trace Hot Spot Re-Visit
Aug
24
to Aug 27

Peekamoose Blue Hole; Leave No Trace Hot Spot Re-Visit

The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers will be visiting the Catskills for a follow up visit to the Peekamoose Blue Hole. In 2017 the traveling trainers came to the area, inspiring new programs such as the Peekamoose Blue Hole Stewardship Program. Now, they return to provide free Leave No Trace education, take note on area progress, and further consultation for the area.

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Fall Family Day
Aug
31
10:00 AM10:00

Fall Family Day

  • Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Save the date for this new event at the Catskill Interpretive Center celebrating the nature, history and culture of the Catskills through kid-friendly educational programs, performances, demos and hands-on activities. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

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Discovery Day
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Discovery Day

  • Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Save the date for this new event at the Catskill Interpretive Center celebrating the nature, history and culture of the Catskills through kid-friendly educational programs, performances, demos and hands-on activities. Stay tuned for more details coming soon!

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Catskill Mountain Story Festival
Jun
15
10:00 AM10:00

Catskill Mountain Story Festival

  • Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us at the Catskill Interpretive Center for the Catskill Mountain Story Festival, a celebration of the past, present and future of writing and storytelling in the Catskills. Enjoy performances and panels, meet acclaimed authors, see what's new from local small presses, engage with local libraries and nonprofits, and share your own stories of the Catskills. There will be performers and activities for all ages, so bring the whole family and spend the day!  Stay tuned for more details as the date gets closer.

Logo artwork by Paper Wolf Design

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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Management Workshop
Jun
13
10:30 AM10:30

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Management Workshop

Hemlock trees are a precious resource in New York State, contributing to healthy stream ecosystems, water quality, and recreation. Hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is an invasive insect that is spreading throughout the Catskills region, threatening to wipe out this valuable tree species. In this all-day workshop, we discuss the background of the HWA infestation, the insect’s unique biology, and the benefits and disadvantages of available management and treatment methods. We will also offer training in phenological surveys and free reporting tools for hemlock woolly adelgid, which help better target control methods for the invasive insect.

The workshop will conclude with an optional trip to the Thorn Preserve at 55 John Joy Road in Woodstock, where we will finish the training with a practical demonstration and practice session of HWA survey methods.

 

Registration is required for this event. Please RSVP to dsnider@catskillcenter.org if you would like to attend or have any questions.

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Lesser Celandine Management Workshop
Jun
11
9:30 AM09:30

Lesser Celandine Management Workshop

Lesser celandine is an invasive early-emerging flowering plant that spreads aggressively along stream sides and similar wet areas. It’s dense coverage can impede the growth of other spring ephemerals. In this all-day workshop, we will discuss this plant’s invasive origins, biology, and best treatment methods. We will also introduce and practice with iMapInvasives, a statewide database and reporting tool for invasive plants, animals and insects.

In the afternoon we will travel to the Thorn Preserve at 55 John Joy Road in Woodstock to practice identifying lesser celandine in the field, and to discuss treatment strategies for this problematic pest.

 

Registration is required for this event. Please RSVP to dsnider@catskillcenter.org if you would like to attend or have any questions.

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Outdoors Day
Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

Outdoors Day

  • Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

DEC and NYS Parks is offering an Outdoors Day on June 8, 2019, from 10 AM to 3 PM at multiple sites across New York State, as part of Governor Cuomo's Adventure NY initiative. This free, open house event will allow visitors to try out many outdoor recreation activities, and learn techniques from DEC and Parks staff, local organizations and experts.  

Come celebrate Outdoors Day with us at the Catskills Visitor Center! We will have a wide range of outdoor demos and activities for all ages. Please see below for our schedule of planned walks and events for the day.

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Jun
7
9:00 AM09:00

Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River Watershed Steward training

The National Park Service, Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River is looking for eager outdoor enthusiasts to help prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species at Upper Delaware River boat launches and access points on weekends throughout the summer visitor season, from June 8 through September 2, 2019.

Newly trained Watershed Stewards stationed along the Upper Delaware will spread the word about transport of invasive species by fishing tackle, footwear, and boat trailers, conducting visual inspections of boats and equipment and interviewing water body users.

Volunteers must attend a free training session on Friday June 7 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Environmental Learning Center located on Lake Wallenpaupack – 126 PPL Drive in Hawley PA. The required training provides hands-on training about aquatic invasive species and trains volunteers to talk to river users and conduct boat inspections.

Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Catskills Center.

Volunteers are needed for morning and afternoon shifts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. All volunteers will be signed up as official National Park Service V.I.Ps and will receive a shirt and ball-cap to wear when on duty. For more information, or to sign up as a volunteer, please contact Watershed Steward Volunteer Coordinator Jessica Newbern at (570) 729-7842 ext. 3301. Please RSVP for the June 7th training by June 6th.

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Thorn Preserve BioBlitz
Jun
7
to Jun 8

Thorn Preserve BioBlitz

Join us for an exploration and celebration of biodiversity.

Learn about and document as many species as possible at the Thorn Preserve. Expert-led walks focusing on a particular topic will be happening all day.

If you would like to volunteer as a citizen scientist, to help experts take down data about the species they find, please contact Dan Snider at dsnider@catskillcenter.org

Link to the 2019 BioBlitz Schedule - The times given are start times only.  A walk leader and participants can stay in the field as long as desired.  Participants will not be able to go on all the walks but should choose the ones of most interest and plan to stay on that walk.

The Thorn Preserve BioBlitz is an annual event hosted by the Catskill Center and the Woodstock Land Conservancy.

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Evening Yoga & Trail Walk
May
10
5:00 PM17:00

Evening Yoga & Trail Walk

  • Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As part of Healthy Ulster County Week, join a 200-hour certified yoga instructor for a yoga/movement class and a short walk on the Catskills Visitor Center nature trails (5096 State Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457). A small number of mats provided, however please bring your own mat if you have one! Beginner level yoga and hike. All ages and abilities welcome, over 10 years recommended.

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I Love My Park Day at the Catskills Visitor Center
May
4
9:00 AM09:00

I Love My Park Day at the Catskills Visitor Center

  • Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Show your love for the Catskills! Volunteers are invited and encouraged to participate in the “I Love My Park Day” event held within the Catskill Forest Preserve at the Catskills Visitor Center. Volunteers at this event will plant trees, install riparian vegetation, help with the removal of invasive species, and partake in some light trail maintenance. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing and footwear for planting activities and bring lunch, water and snacks. All ages are welcome. Pre-registration will open in April - keep an eye on https://www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day for more details.

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Thorn Preserve Native Tree and Shrub Planting
Apr
26
to Apr 28

Thorn Preserve Native Tree and Shrub Planting

The Spring Invasive Species Awareness Week culminates in a native tree and shrub planting at the Thorn Preserve! As part of an invasive species control project, we will be planting 800 native plants along the West side of the Thorn Preserve. These plants will help manage regrowth and reintroduction of invasive species such as mugwort, Japanese barberry, Eurasian bittersweet, and Japanese knotweed.

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Fishing
Apr
25
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - Fishing

This week for Catskill Mountain Kids our topic is fishing! Learn about local Catskills fish species and practice casting a fishing line on the Catskills Visitor Center grounds.

Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

Photo by Naomi Nishimura

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FOREST PEST AWARENESS TRAINING
Apr
24
3:00 PM15:00

FOREST PEST AWARENESS TRAINING

  • NYC DEP Offices, Training Rooms 1&3 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This training will provide foresters and other natural resources professionals with a background on several emerging invasive forest pests and provide them with some pro-active steps to help mitigate the impacts on our forests.

CFE Credits will be offered:
Cat 1 = 1.5

Parking is available at both 71 Smith Avenue and 91 Smith Avenue. Please allow adequate time to park and walk a half block to the building. Sign-in is required at the front desk.

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Trees for Tribs at the Thorn Preserve
Apr
22
to Apr 28

Trees for Tribs at the Thorn Preserve

With your help and a grant from the New York State Trees for Tribs program, the Catskill Center will undertake a restoration of the riparian zone along the Sawkill Creek at the Thorn Preserve. The Invasive Plant Pull will be Monday, April 22 to Thursday, April 25 from 10 AM until 5:30 PM. The planting of native trees and shrubs will be Friday, April 26 to Sunday, and will start at 10 AM each morning.

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Map & Compass Navigation
Apr
18
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - Map & Compass Navigation

This week it’s a kid-sized lesson in map & compass navigation out on our beautiful (and easy/stroller friendly) nature trails! Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

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Who's Doing What In Invasive Species Management
Apr
18
9:00 AM09:00

Who's Doing What In Invasive Species Management

At the “Who’s Doing What in Invasive Species Management in the Catskills” Conference we will share information from organizations and individuals that are working on invasive species in the CRISP region doing any of the following:
• Prevention
• Education and outreach
• Trainings on Identification
• Early detection
• Invasive species surveys and mapping
• Reporting in iMapInvasives, EDDMaps, or other database
• Rapid response
• Control
• Trainings on Best Management Practices
• Restoration
• Citizen science
• Research
• Funding that could help support any of the above
This will be the first in the series of “Who’s Doing What in Invasive Species Management.” Through these meetings we’ll be collecting info from organizations working on Invasive Species management throughout the CRISP region and putting together a Regional Invasive Species Management Plan that identifies redundancies and gaps and any efficiencies we can achieve by better coordination.

Speakers will include:

  • John MacNaught, Catskill Forest Association

  • Jeff O’ Handley, Otsego County Conservation Association

  • Jessica Newbern, National Park Service

  • Tom Pavlesich, Watershed Agricultural Council

  • Jonathan Rosenthal, Ecological Research Institute

  • Catherine Skalda, Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District

  • Donna Vogler, SUNY Oneonta

  • Chris Zimmerman, The Nature Conservancy

“Who’s Doing What In Invasive Species Management in the Catskills” will kick off CRISP Invasive Species Awareness Week

Download Flier: http://catskillinvasives.com/index.php/download_file/view/552/85/

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Discovery Walk: Animal Tracks and Traces
Apr
13
11:00 AM11:00

Discovery Walk: Animal Tracks and Traces

  • Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Animals like bobcats, fishers, and bears leave tracks and traces if only we have the knowledge to see them! Join us for our first Discovery Walk of spring with Emily Carrollo, biologist and bear expert from the Department of Environmental Conservation, as she takes us on a walk to spot and identify Catskills wildlife. Learn some helpful tips to continue identifying animals whether you’re at home or within the Catskills Forest Preserve!

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Catskill Mountain Kids - Seeds!
Apr
11
11:00 AM11:00

Catskill Mountain Kids - Seeds!

  • Congressman Maurice D. Hinchey Catskills Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This week’s program is all about seeds! Catskill Mountain Kids is a year-round weekly daytime program series that celebrates the nature, history and culture of the Catskills. Each session will include some focused learning time, hands-on activities, and outdoor exploration. The program is geared for ages 4-7 but all are welcome. Please dress for the weather/being outside and the possibility of getting messy.

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