We are hiring for the 2017 season!

We are accepting applications for the 2017 Finger Lakes Watercraft Steward Program. More information can be found below and please contact Program Manager Sam Beck-Andersen if you have any questions. The Watercraft Stewards will be responsible for public outreach and education on slowing and preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species. Under the supervision of Finger…

Stewards Pull Together Against AIS!

by Kirsten Goranowski, FLI Watercraft Steward Program Assistant The Finger Lakes Institute Watercraft Stewards got their hands a little dirty on Wednesday August 14th, at the Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC) in Savannah, NY. Located on Route 89, the Montezuma Audubon Center is a state-owned facility on 198 acres of land that is operated through an…

Engaging Diverse Audiences to Prevent AIS

by Alex Gatch, FLI 2013 Watercraft Steward Community outreach is one of the most important aspects of the Steward program. Collecting and disposing of samples is a necessary part of the job, however, enlightening and teaching the community about invasive species plays just as an important role. I have had the opportunity to serve in…

Hydrilla in Cayuga Lake Inlet- Two Year Anniversary

by Kirsten Goranowski, FLI Watercraft Steward Program Assistant This mid-August marks the two-year anniversary of the Hydrilla verticillata detection in the Cayuga Lake Inlet by a staff member of the Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom (Cornell Cooperative Extension Invasive Species Program, 2012). The Cayuga Lake Inlet is located between Treman State Marine Park and the Route 89…

Summer Survey To Show Public Familiarity with AIS

by Sarah DePillo, FLI Watercraft Steward Program Intern This summer marks my second season working with the Finger Lakes Institute on their remarkably successful Watercraft Steward Program. The Watercraft Steward Program, which has recently kicked off for the summer, places trained stewards at boat launches throughout the Finger Lakes region and on the southern shore…

Launch of 2013!

by Hilary Gove, FLI Watercraft Steward Program Intern The Finger Lakes Institute is pleased to announce that the Watercraft Steward Program has successfully begun its second season! The boat stewards began last week with two days of training at the Finger Lakes Institute. They were trained in how to properly inspect and clean boats of…

Gearing up for our second season.

by Kirsten Goranowski, FLI Watercraft Steward Program Assistant 2013 Watercraft Steward Program Update With the smell of spring in our midst and the boating season upon us, Finger Lakes Institute staff have been gearing up for our second year of the Watercraft Steward Program. Last year proved to be a successful year for the newly…

Preliminary Summer 2012 Data Analysis

This summer I was given the incredible opportunity to work on the brand new Finger Lakes Institute Watercraft Steward Program which is an effort focused on preventing the spread and introduction of invasive species and educating the public on the issue throughout the Finger Lakes region and on Lake Ontario. My specific role in the…

Senator Gillibrand Targets Invasives

On August 9th, 2012, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Penn Yan, N.Y. to announce new legislation regarding invasive species which will greatly assist those who work daily to prevent the introduction, spread, and establishment of invasive species into our delicate ecosystems. Representatives from the Finger Lakes Institute’s Watercraft Steward Program were present for the speech,…

WSP Featured in Democrat and Chronicle

The Finger Lakes Institute Watercraft Steward Program was recently featured in the Democrat and Chronicle; on the front page! The July 4th, 2012 article by Steve Orr highlighted many aspects of our invasive species monitoring program by describing a typical boat inspection, introducing a few of the stewards and their locations, and interviewing an actual…

Invasive Species Education Targets Children

My name is Alessandro Valle, and I am one of the FLI Watercraft Stewards. Recently, I had the fortunate opportunity to attend the Kids’ Fishing Day which took place June 23 on Oak Island in Waterloo, NY,  sponsored by the Finger Lakes Conservation Club. In order to provide more information to the community about what our…