July 12, 2013: Free training to identify Asian clam, spiny waterflea and other aquatic invasives

APIPP's training will provide instruction on how to identify and detect aquatic invasive animals, such as spiny waterflea, an aquatic invasive species known in at least five Adirondack waterways, including Lake George. Spiny waterflea congregates in masses, is a voracious feeder of zooplankton, and globs onto fishing lines. Photo by Emily DeBolt, Lake George Association

APIPP’s training will provide instruction on how to identify and detect aquatic invasive animals, such as spiny waterflea, an aquatic invasive species known in at least five Adirondack waterways, including Lake George. Spiny waterflea congregates in masses, is a voracious feeder of zooplankton, and globs onto fishing lines. Photo by Emily DeBolt, Lake George Association

KEENE VALLEY, NY The Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) is hosting an aquatic invasive animal identification training on Thursday, August 1st, from 1 to 3 PM at Paul Smith’s College. Meghan Johnstone, APIPP’s Aquatic Invasive Species Project Coordinator, and Mark Malchoff, Aquatic Resources Specialist for the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program, will train participants on how to identify aquatic invasive animals, such as Asian clam and spiny waterflea, and how to perform simple scans to detect their presence. Knowing the regional distribution of these species informs prevention, early detection and rapid response efforts to protect waters in the long-term.

At least 88 Adirondack lakes and ponds are infested with invasive plants like Eurasian watermilfoil and water chestnut, but aquatic invasive animals are also on the move, threatening the quality of Adirondack waters. In recent years, spiny waterflea and Asian clam were discovered in the Adirondacks, but little is known about their distribution in the region. Once invasive species become established, management is complex and costly. Early detection of new infestations is critical to combat their spread. Thus, volunteers can play a critical role in protecting Adirondack waters from aquatic invasions.

The training is free but space is limited. Please RSVP by July 25th to Meghan Johnstone at [email protected] or (518)576-2082 x119.

The APIPP is a partnership program among governmental and nongovernmental organizations that is housed by the Adirondack Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Funding for APIPP is provided from the Environmental Protection Fund as administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Learn more about APIPP online at www.adkinvasives.com and follow APIPP’s activity blog at http://www.adk-invasives.blogspot.com/.