The 6th Annual Invasive Species Mapping Challenge

Updated: Aug 10, 2021

For this year’s NY Invasive Species Mapping Challenge, we tracked 5 species of concern (new this year: Beech Leaf Disease Nematode!). The main goal of the challenge is to map priority under-reported species to build our understanding of their distributions. Since there is so much ground (and water!) to cover in New York, we need the public’s help!

We challenged partners, volunteers, and citizen scientists across the state to search for these five species during the month of July – and you delivered! Check out some of the great photos submitted in the collage above. We received more records this year during the challenge than ever befor