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Buffalo Audubon Society hosts Habitat Restoration at Joseph Davis State Park Saturday, June 15 at 9:00 am

The Emerald Ash Borer is smaller than a penny and can potentially wipe out the beautiful Ash Trees of New York State.

The American Chestnut was nearly wiped out by a fungus from Japan.

The Eurasian Boar has a beautiful smile but a somewhat dubious per-sonality. The smiling creature will starve out or eat other animals.

Join Naturalist Chuck Bartlett for his “Habitat Restoration at Joseph Davis State Park – The Invasives” on  Saturday, June 15 at 9:00 a.m. to learn what invasive species are all about, and what species are being removed from the park this spring as part of the habitat restoration program.  For more information contact Buffalo Audubon at 585-457-3228.

Invasive species are non-native species of plants or animals that can cause harm to the environment, the economy or to human health. Invasives come from all around the world. As international trade increases, so does the rate of invasive species introductions.

Invasive species are one of the greatest threats to New York's biodiversity. They cause or contribute to: Habitat degradation and loss, the loss of native fish, wildlife and tree species, the loss of recreational opportunities and income and crop damage and diseases in humans and livestock.

A sampling of invasive pests and diseases in New York and the damage they can do are:

• Early in the 20th Century, chestnut blight arrived in North America and has since wiped out one of the most valuable trees in our forest, the American chestnut.

• Zebra mussels arrived here from their native Caspian Sea in the late 20th Century and have altered ecosystems, clogged pipes, and ruined bathing beaches in some of our largest waters.

• Near the start of the present century, West Nile Virus came here from Africa and has harmed both birds and humans.

• Asian Longhorned Beetle arrived within the lumber used for packing crates and has forced us to cut down thousands of prized shade trees in our cities and suburbs - in the hope that it does not spread to our forests.

• Emerald Ash Borer was first identified in New York in 2009.It attacks all species of ash trees and kills them within three years of infesting the tree with eggs.

• Swede midge was first found in New York in 2005 and could decimate our broccoli and cabbage crops.

• Eurasian boars have become a problem in western New York. They will compete with native animals for food; eat native animals; will eat nearly any agricultural crop; can destroy crops and native vegetation, cause erosion, and negatively affect water quality by their rooting and wallowing habits; will attack humans and their pets, and can carry diseases transferable to livestock and/or humans.

Didymo is invading prime trout fishing streams, potentially impacting aquatic habitat and food sources.



Niagara Falls Reporter - Publisher Frank Parlato Jr. www.niagarafallsreporter.com

JUN 04, 2013