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Building Natural Beauties

Building Natural Beauties 0

The Plant and Wildlife Team built terrariums filled with native plants in the Mortola Library the Monday before Thanksgiving. Students coming through had the opportunity to build a small garden for their dorm room while learning the importance of planting native species. Most were pleasantly surprised at the beauty available to them in their own(…)

Recording Roadkill in New York State

Recording Roadkill in New York State 0

Roadkill is a less than glamorous topic. Carcasses of raccoons, deer, and other wildlife strewn across the highway are an eyesore and distraction to drivers. Despite its unattractive nature, roadkill can provide important information to researchers who study the dynamic relationship between roadways and wildlife. Records of the species and where they are found provide(…)

Invasive Spotlight: Purple Loosestrife

Invasive Spotlight: Purple Loosestrife 0

Purple Loosestrife is an herbaceous, wetland perennial. This pretty purple flower grows up to 2 meters tall with 30-50 stems that form wide-topped crowns. However, despite its aesthetic appearance, it is destructive to the surrounding environment. This plant overruns wetlands such as freshwater wet meadows, marshes, and the banks of rivers, streams, ponds, reservoirs and ditches. The wide-topped crowns(…)

Invasive Plant Spotlight: Japanese Knotweed

Invasive Plant Spotlight: Japanese Knotweed 0

Fallopia japonica, commonly known as Japanese Knotweed, is an invasive species resembling bamboo. Originally used as an ornamental garden plant on estates, Japanese Knotweed established itself by the mid 1890′s as a rapid-spread invasive plant quickly moves outward from gardens and becomes unmanageable. Japanese Knotweed has spread to 42 states from coast to coast, and(…)

The Double Life of Purple Loosestrife 0

Purple loosestrife has a well-deserved place on the Most Unwanted List for invasive plants in New York, but its beauty makes it a tough target for those seeking to maintain native ecosystems. (Nothing on the Pace Plant Don’t Plant list is more appealing and problematic than purple loosestrife.) The flowering plant, with the scientific name Lythrum(…)

‘Plant, Don’t Plant’: Fighting Environmental Invaders in New York 0

Some of the worst environmental threats don’t come from a smokestack or a pipeline. Increasingly, New York State’s ecological health is threatened by an array of invasive plants.