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BlockBuster Survey 2017

Lower Hudson PRISM 2017 Block Buster Survey

Purpose

The BlockBuster Survey program detects emerging invasive species introductions and fills data gaps in the Lower Hudson region. The Lower Hudson Valley counties have been divided into 5km by 5km (about 3 x 3 mile) blocks, which volunteers will select to survey.

Recruitment Flyer

Training

Host Date Time Phone Registration Link
CCE Dutchess County  Sat, June 3, 2017  9am-1pm  845-677-8223 ext 134 Click here to register 
CCE Orange County  Wed, June 7, 2017  9am-1pm  845-344-1234 Click here to register
CCE Putnam County   Thur, June 8, 2017  2pm-6pm  845-278-6738 x21 Click here to register 
New York Botanical Garden   Wed, June 13, 2017  9am-1pm  914-329-6395 Click here to register 
CCE Rockland County  Fri, June 16, 2017  9am-1pm  845 429 7085 x119 Click here to register 
CCE Dutchess County  Sat, June 17, 2017  9am-1pm  845-677-8223 ext 134 Click here to register 
CCE Putnam County  Tues, June 20, 2017  2pm-6pm  845-278-6738 x21 Click here to register 
CCE Ulster County  Thur, June 22, 2017 12pm-4pm  845-340-3990 ext. 335 Click here to register 
CCE Ulster County  Fri, June 23, 2017 12pm-4pm  845-340-3990 ext. 335 Click here to register 
CCE Rockland County  Tues, June 27, 2017 1pm-5pm  845 429 7085 x119 Click here to register 
CCE Westchester County  Wed, June 28, 2017 11am-3pm  914- 285-4640 Click here to register 


Map

Training

Training sessions for Terrestrial species surveys have completed for this year. Email us at invasives@nynjtc.org if you'd like to be on the list to get notified when we start next year's BlockBuster survey. You are welcome to self-study the materials below and select a block to survey this year if you feel comfortable. Let us know what block you would like to work in.

For aquatic species surveys, see AIS training events posted on our Events calendar.

Resources:

Volunteering

If you are not already a CCE Master Gardener Volunteer, we would like you to register as a New York-New Jersy Trail Conference volunteer.

  • Fill out the NYNJTC Volunteer form here - and return before going out to do your survey (scan and email to invasives@nynjtc.org  or mail to: Linda Rohleder, 600 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430)

If you will be working in a New York State Park, please fill out the Volunteer Service Agreement for the park

If you will be working in a New York State Department of Conservation (NYSDEC) lands, please fill out the DEC Volunteer Service form.

IMPORTANT: these forms must be filled out *prior to* surveying.

Data Collection

Survey Protocols -Detailed instructions on how to collect your data:

Thank you to Jonathan Rosenthal and Radka Wildova from the Ecological Research Institute for designing our survey protocol and to Irene Voce and Tom Hobbick for designing our data sheets!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Page - clarifications based on questions asked by participants.

Data sheets

This year we have introduced a new data collecting method, using the smartphone app Survey123.
It uses intuitive digital surveys to collect your findings. For those who are not using this, links to the paper data sheets are below:

Tracking Your Volunteer Hours

It's important to us to evaluate the design and success of our programs that we collect information about how much time you spent working on the BlockBuster survey project.  Please keep track of the amount of time you spend preparing to survey (other than the training session), travelling to survey, surveying and entering data.

Enter your volunteer hours here (you can enter multiple times)

Submitting Your Data

Steps 3 must also be completed if you are not using Survey123 and have taken photos as part of the survey.

1. Return your forms to one of the following CCE offices or the Trail Conference:

  • CCE Rockland, 10 Patriot Hill Dr, Stony Point, NY 10980
  • CCE Putnam, 1 Geneva Rd, Brewster, NY 10509
  • CCE Dutchess, 2715 Route 44, Millbrook, NY 12545
  • NY-NJ Trail Conference, Linda Rohleder, 600 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430

2. Export and email your points/tracks from your GPS unit to: invasives@nynjtc.org

Or, return your borrowed GPS unit with points on it so the lending organization can extract the points and submit them.

3. Photos should be emailed to: invasives@nynjtc.org. Make sure not to send too many in one email.