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Pound Ridge Group Seeks 'Citizen Scientists' To Fight Invasive Species

The Pound Ridge Land Conservancy is seeking new volunteers, such as the children pictured in this contributed photo.
The Pound Ridge Land Conservancy is seeking new volunteers, such as the children pictured in this contributed photo. Photo Credit: Krista Munger, Pound Ridge Land Conservancy

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- In an effort to battle the spread of invasive plant species, the Pound Ridge Land Conservancy announced that it is looking for "citizen scientists" to help. To this end, three seminars are being offered to the public this month.

The first will include a visit by Akiko Busch, author of the work "The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science."

Busch, the conservancy says, will talk about how volunteers play a role in maintaining ecosystems. She will also discuss how to recruit volunteers, the conservancy adds. The talk, which will also feature speakers offering updates on opportunities to help out, will be held on Feb. 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Armstrong Preserve and Education Center.

The second talk will focus on removing invasive species that pose threats to drinking water and the health of forests. It is scheduled for March from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., with volunteers meeting at the Clark Preserve's entrance on Autumn Ridge Road.

"Volunteers will do battle against Japanese barberry, wineberry, Asiatic bittersweet, and Garlic mustard among others," the conservancy states.

The third event will take place at the same time and date as the second, although the conservancy says that volunteers will meet at the kiosk of Richard's Preserve, which is Honey Hollow Road and is near house #134. The gathering will serve as an introduction to Richard's Preserve, the conservancy notes.

The preserve is facing an invasion from two problematic species, according to the conservancy, which are burningbush and barberry.

For people who are interested, the conservancy offers the following help, "Please RSVP to landsteward.educator@prlc.net or call 914-205-3533. For the work sessions, volunteers are asked to bring a shovels and wear sturdy work gloves."

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