Irvington Pollinator Pathway Project

The Irvington Pollinator Pathway Project is a collaboration of the Greater Irvington Land Trust, the Green Policy Task Force, the Friends of the Irvington Library, the O’Hara Nature Center and a wide range of Irvington residents and land owners.  Our mission is to (i) engage and educate our community about the relationship between pollinators and native plants, (ii) promote public awareness about the crucial role that pollinators play in sustaining our environment and supporting our food chain, and (iii) support efforts to preserve and protect both public and private open space throughout our Village.

 

We are working with a wide range of groups to develop pollinator-friendly gardens throughout the Village that support native plants and promote biodiversity.  We have also established a Living Classroom Series, which invites in speakers to address topics of interest for the community.

 

For further information please contact:

Chet Kerr at chetkerr@gmail.com

Living Classroom Series

As the next event in our “Living Classroom Series,” the Pollinator Pathway Project and the Irvington Green Policy Task Force are co-presenting “Invasives:  Why Should We Care?”, a talk about invasive plants and their impact on our environment.

 

On Monday, January 13, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Linda Rohleder will speak at the Irvington Public Library, 12 South Astor Street, Irvington, about invasive plants and how, if left unchecked, they can aggressively undermine biodiversity and the health of our community.  She will talk about why certain plants are deemed “invasive”, why non-native plants, specifically invasive non-native plants, are so harmful to pollinators that depend on native plants, why invasive plants can grow so aggressively and what can be done to stop and eradicate them.  Dr. Rohleder has long been an important voice in addressing how invasive species negatively impact our environment: “Plants are the basis of the food web.  Most insects are adapted to eat three or fewer species of plants, and when you change those species, suddenly there are fewer insects and less food for birds and butterflies.  Invading species have a ripple effect on the whole environment.  If we let them run their course, it would still be green, but there would be a lot less species.”

 

Dr. Rohleder is the Director of Land Stewardship of the New York – New Jersey Trail Conference and the Coordinator of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (“PRISM”).  The Lower Hudson PRISM partners with a wide range of organizations and conservation groups who are actively involved in education and outreach about invasive species, management of invasive species, surveying and mapping of invasive species, and/or researching invasive species.  Dr. Rohleder received her PhD in Ecology from Rutgers University, where she studied the effects of deer on forest understories.  She speaks widely about the threat of invasive species and their impact on our environment.

 

This will be a timely and important talk for our community.  We look forward to seeing everyone there.