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…