Lake George Invaders Watch: Volunteers Monitoring Invasive Plants
Invaders Watch Hunts
Aquatic Plant Resources
Volunteer to be on the lookout for non-native, invasive species along Lake George’s shorelines, and help us prevent their spread. Early detection of new invasive plant infestations provides the best opportunity for successful eradication, management and control.
Be part of a regional effort coordinated by the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP). APIPP is documenting the distribution and abundance of invasive plants throughout the Adirondacks. As a volunteer for this Lake George program, the information you will gather locally will be shared with the larger APIPP program.
Invaders Watch volunteers monitor a section of the Lake George shoreline of their choice and at their convenience. As a volunteer in this program, you will help us detect any new invasions of aquatic invasive species by conducting a survey. You'll monitor your section of shoreline at least once during the summer between mid-July and early-September and report back to us with your results.
What to do:
Once you are familiar with some of the aquatic species you may encounter:
- Visit your shoreline or dock area and look into the lake. Look for aquatic plant growth at or below the surface. Check any hard substrates for species attached such as zebra mussels.
- Identify plants and animals you see. Take samples of plants that are invasive or looked suspicious. Include stems, leaves and flowers if present. Wrap the plant in a slightly damp paper towel and place in a sealed plastic bag. Label the bag with location, date, and your contact information. Send in immediately or keep refrigerated until able to send or bring to our office. (Photos also help!)
-Fill out the reporting form and send it in along with any photos you would like to share and any identified or unidentified plant samples.
Learn more about the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program's Volunteer Monitoring here.