Celebrate Invasive Species Week

Invasive species affect us all. They’re in the forests, fields, and waters – and often in our backyards. These species take quite a toll on sensitive habitats, agriculture, and even recreation activities. But learning about these invasive plants, animals, and diseases is the first step toward making a positive impact on our treasured native habitats.

New York State has declared July 7 through 13 to be Invasive Species Awareness Week. 

Southampton Town, Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Long Island Invasive Species Management Area are sponsoring a full week of free programs, beginning with “Aquatic Plant Day,” a day of invasive plant identification and removal on Monday, July 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.

Many ornamental plants are invasive species that run rampant in natural habitats. Fortunately, there are great alternatives! Come learn about eco-friendly plants for your home landscape. Light refreshments will be provided.

The program continues with “Home Landscaping: Alternatives to Invasive Plants” on Tuesday, July 9 at 6 p.m. at the Flanders Community Center at 655 Flanders Road. and on Friday, July 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Community Center at 585 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike.

Many ornamental plants are invasive species that run rampant in natural habitats. Fortunately, there are great alternatives! Come learn about eco-friendly plants for your home landscape. Light refreshments will be provided.

On Wednesday, July 10 at 6 p.m., the Bridgehampton Community Center will play host to “Altered Habitats: Invasive Species in the Wild and What We Can Do,” a program which repeats on Thursday, July 11 at 2:30 p.m. at the Flanders Community Center.

Invasive species are creeping into our fields, forests, and waters. Come to this informational session to learn about rising threats, what to look for, and how you can help. Light refreshments will be provided.

The week concludes with “Common Invasive Plants: How to Identify and Remove” on Saturday, July 13 at 9 a.m. at the Hampton Bays Justice Court at 32 Jackson Ave. in Hampton Bays.

Learn on-the-ground identification skills! We will show one of the areas (Hampton Bays Transfer Station) where the Town is working to control invasive species. You will also have the opportunity to pull some plants yourself! This is a great chance to learn some invasive species control skills. If you are interested in pulling plants, please bring gardening gloves, eye protection, and water to drink. We will provide anti-tick spray and gear.

Contact Juliana Quant at jquant@southamptontownny.gov or 631.702.1964. with any questions.

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