Volunteers Community Partners

Finger Lakes Invasive Plant Detectors Program

Finger Lakes PRISM and

Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

invite you to participate in the 2021 Finger Lakes Invasive Plant Detector Program

Join in and be part of the FLI PD!!


The FLI PD is an invasive species survey program for volunteers and we want you to help! The goal is for you to be the ‘eyes on the ground’ and identify target species in our region. This early detection allows for rapid response of high priority invasive species that cause the greatest harm.

To learn how to identify, survey, and report invasive species

A neighborhood nearest you.

Do you recreate in the Finger Lakes? Do you live near or have access to a waterbody? Do you have a favorite hiking trail or woods where you frequent? Then this program is for you! Our program consists of regular sampling, and you do not have to own property to participate.


The aquatic survey takes place between June – October with one survey (rake toss) reported biweekly. That’s only ten sampling days!

The terrestrial survey has three sampling blocks once a month from June – August.

Registrants will receive all components needed: plant identification training, survey kits, data protocol, resources and one on one support. You will receive:

  • plant identification training
  • survey kits
  • data protocol
  • resources and
  • one on one support

Stay tuned to our official website for training dates and program updates.

HELP us by joining and becoming a part of the FLI PD!

Training dates and locations to be determined based on the number of registrants.

Register here: https://forms.gle/jV1WgMU8mPBJkAGNA

Stay tuned to our official website for training dates and program updates: www.fingerlakesinvasives.org

HELP us by getting involved and being a part of the FLI PD!