Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Western PA Conservancy Hosts Webinars On Aquatic Invasive Critters; Vernal Pool Wetland Restoration; Plants That Burn!

Western PA Conservancy is hosting three free webinars about nature near you featuring people, projects and programs that help protect and restore Western Pennsylvania's water, land and wildlife.

Jan. 25 - Aquatic Invasive Critters

Join Aquatic Invasive Critters - Non-native Fishes, Invertebrates, and One Pesky Turtle at 10:00 a.m. with Sean Hartzell, aquatic invasive species coordinator with the Fish and Boat Commission, as he discusses several notable non-native aquatic invasive species in Pennsylvania including the northern snakehead, round goby, rusty crayfish, zebra mussel, red-eared slider and more. Hosted by PA iMapInvasives, which is administered by WPC staff.  Click Here to register.

Feb. 7 - Vernal Pool Wetland Restoration

At 1:00 p.m. learn how Pennsylvania has lost over half of its wetlands to development, farming and other land use changes. Discover how recent wetland restoration projects recreated habitats that support wildlife and improve the health of local watersheds. Hosted by the Western PA Conservancy, the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program and the Pennsylvania Bureau of State ParksClick Here to register.

March 23 - Plants That Burn!

At 10:00 a.m. gain awareness about some unfriendly invasive plants you may find in Pennsylvania. Join Emily Shosh of the Potter County Conservation District for a presentation on plants that could burn or cause a rash to humans if touched, such as giant hogweed, shown left, along with some of their look-alike non-invasive or native species. Hosted by PA iMapInvasives, which is administered by WPC staff.  Click Here to register.

If you are interested in attending a webinar but cannot make the scheduled time, please register to receive a link to the recording to watch later.

More information is available on programs, initiatives and special events at the Western PA Conservancy website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Conservancy, Like them on Facebook, Follow them on Twitter, join them on Instagram, visit the Conservancy’s YouTube Channel or add them to your network on LinkedinClick Here to support their work.

The Conservancy has helped to establish 11 state parks, conserved more than 250,000 acres of natural lands and protected or restored more than 3,000 miles of rivers and streams, maintains 132 community gardens and other green spaces that are planted with the help of more than 11,000 volunteers and the support of more than 9,000 members.

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-- Lebanon Valley Conservancy Now Accepting Applications For Student Scholarship, Due March 24

[Posted: January 24, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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