Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Celebrate Pennsylvania Native Species Day May 18

By Amber Stilwell,
Master Watershed Steward Coordinator, Coastal Outreach Specialist, PA Sea Grant

The Pennsylvania Governor's Invasive Species Council celebrates the second annual Pennsylvania Native Species Day on Thursday, May 18. Mark your calendars and plan to join in!

All organizations, government offices, farms, schools, and businesses are welcome to join in with their own activities.

Why celebrate and protect Pennsylvania's native species?

Pennsylvania is home to diverse native plants, trees, insects, fish, birds, and mammals that originated thousands of years ago and thrive in mutual dependence. 

This native ecosystem provides us with natural resources that benefit our lives by enabling agricultural food production, recreation, fisheries, timber, and more. 

As worldwide commerce and travel have increased, non-native species have crisscrossed the world with us. 

When species are transported to areas outside their native range, they have no natural predators. They often invade, crowding out and threatening the survival of native species.

Help showcase Pennsylvania's native species on land and in water. Highlight the importance of reducing invasive species to sustain Pennsylvania's biodiverse ecosystem and all that depends on it.

More Information

Visit the PA Native Species Day website for participating organizations and events near you, including ways to get involved, native and invasive plant information.

If you have any questions about Pennsylvania Native Species Day, contact Deb Klenotic, Governor's Invasive Species Council Communications Chair, at or 717-649-9136.

Upcoming Events

-- Multiple Dates:  Private Water Supply Education & Water Testing Events

-- Multiple Dates: More Private Water Supply Education & Water Testing Events

-- March 28:  Do-It Yourself Guide - Converting Your Lawn To A Meadow

-- March 29: Water Cooler Talk - Agroforestry’s Impact On Water Quality.

-- March 29: Water Webinar Series - Corrosive Water

-- May 9: Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium

-- May 18: PA Native Species Day

-- June 3-6: International Conference On Pollinator Biology, Health & Policy, State College

-- June 19-25: Pollinator Week

(Reprinted from Penn State Extension - Watershed Winds newsletterClick Here to sign up for your own copy - bottom of page.)

Related Articles:

-- Registration Open For May 9 Online Pennsylvania Groundwater Symposium; Optional In-Person Tour May 3  [PaEN] 

-- Penn State Extension Webinar: March 29 Water Cooler Talk - Agroforestry’s Impact On Water Quality  [PaEN] 

-- Celebrate Pennsylvania Native Species Day May 18  [PaEN]

-- 4-H Youth Learn Importance Of Drinking Water Standards In Historical Context

-- Penn State Extension: Become A Master Watershed Steward

[Posted: March 22, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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