Invasive species are no doubt something we have all seen in our daily life. Whether you noticed it or not, that patch of Japanese knotweed growing where nothing used to grow, or that European starling that pushes the cardinal out of your feeder are both invasive. To be considered an invasive species, there are a few criteria that must be met:
With commerce and traffic, comes the ability for non-native plants an animals to expand their range on the backs of humans. With our rich history of transit through this area (ie the Erie Canal, Thruway system, Lake Ontario), this region of New York State is heavily impacted by invasive species.
In 2020, Seneca Park Zoo is partnering with Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) to expand on our outreach programs, increasing our impact, and helping this region act towards remediating the impacts of invasive species.
As we all start to come out of our quarantine, we invite you to go out and help us detect locations of invasives so we can help develop a clear plan to rid our area of invasive species. Taking part is easy!
We proudly partner with the Finger Lakes PRISM (Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management) for initiatives like Invasive Species Week. To learn more check out their website here