This is Invasive Species Awareness week in New York. Coordinated through regional PRISMs — Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management — this year’s theme is “Early Detection: Explore, Observe, Report.” Recently, WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley sent a picture of an insect to Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program Director Brendan Quirion asking him if it was an invasive beetle. It wasn’t. Quirion says a number of invasive species are near twins to native species — and that can make detection challenging.
“It’s fairly common. There are several plants and animals that have close lookalikes. But usually once you start looking closely at the identification characteristics they’re pretty easy to tell apart.”
There are a number of training workshops across the state during Invasive Species Awareness Week.