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The Pennsylvania Governor's Invasive Species Council celebrates the second annual Pennsylvania Native Species Day on Thursday, May 18. Mark your calendars and plan to join in!

All organizations, government offices, farms, schools, and businesses are welcome to join in with their own activities!

PA Native Species Day 2023 Informational Meeting:
Thursday, February 9 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Want to learn more about how you might celebrate Pennsylvania Native Species Day? Join the Council Communications Committee for an informational meeting and discussion. Questions and ideas welcome!

Register in advance for this meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Council Communications Chair Deb Klenotic at 717-783-9954 or dklenotic@pa.gov.

Why celebrate and protect Pennsylvania's native species?

Pennsylvania is home to diverse native plants, trees, insects, fish, birds, and mammals that originated thousands of years ago and thrive in mutual dependence. 

This native ecosystem provides us with natural resources that benefit our lives by enabling agricultural food production, recreation, fisheries, timber, and more.

As humans have increased worldwide commerce and travel, nonnative species have crisscrossed the world with us. When species are transported to areas outside their native range, they have no natural predators. They often invade, crowding out and threatening the survival of native species. 

Help showcase Pennsylvania's native species on land and in water. Highlight the importance of reducing invasive species to sustain Pennsylvania's biodiverse ecosystem and all that depends on it.

Ways to Join In

Everyone can join in to celebrate Pennsylvania Native Species Day! You may have your own great ideas for activities, or check out these suggestions for  educators, farmers, community organizations, businesses, government offices, and residents.

    • Highlight to your community the streambank buffer of native nuts and berries on your farm. Or plant a native buffer! Learn how.  
    • Host or attend a walk-and-talk on a native plant or tree and the invasive  species that are crowding it out.
    • Host or attend a bird walk focused on the mutual dependence between native birds and native plants.
    • Organize an invasive plant pulling volunteer event. Get a workout, everybody!
    • Have a farm stand? Highlight your native species.
    • Organize a touch-free scavenger hunt for native trees or plants at summer camp.
    • Learn about the Pennsylvania state symbols that are native plants and animals
    • Give or join a boat tour on native fish and aquatic plants and insects: How many natives were in the lake or river 25 years ago compared to today?
    • Give or attend a demonstration of boat/fishing gear cleaning to prevent spread of invasive aquatic plants and insects.
    • Showcase native species at your retail garden center.
    • Report locations that have been taken over by invasive trees, fish, or plants: Here are ways to report invasive plants, fish, and other species.
    • Organize or participate in an aquarium pet amnesty event in your town to help keep nonnative invasive species out of our waters– contact Sara Stahlman, at Pennsylvania Sea Grant: sstahlman@psu.edu.
    • Own a restaurant or pub with outdoor seating? Landscape with native plants and use signage to educate your patrons.
    • Plant a native flower, shrub, or tree in your yard.
    • Learn about the best way Pennsylvania can reduce invasives species: Partnerships for Regional Invasive Species Management.
    • Organize a roadside native planting in your community, and sign up for PennDOT's Adopt and Beautify or Keystone Pollinator Habitat program for roadside signage.

Participants

If you plan to hold an activity for Pennsylvania Native Species Day, thank you! We're Please let us know, so we can share it here.

Resources on Pennsylvania Native Species and Invasive Species

While not meant to be an exhaustive list, these sources may help you learn which species are native and more.

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Invasive:


Tools to Help Spread the Word about Pennsylvania Native Species Day

Key messages:

    1. Pennsylvania is home to diverse native species of plants, insects, fish, birds, and mammals that originated thousands of years ago and thrive in mutual dependence.
    2. Our biodiverse native ecosystem provides natural resources for many Pennsylvania industries, including agricultural food production, recreation, fisheries, and timber.
    3. Native species are declining in Pennsylvania. Proliferation of invasive species = no room for native species.
    4. We need to make thoughtful choices and take action to sustain Pennsylvania's native species; we can't take them for granted.
    5. As worldwide human commerce and travel have expanded, nonnative invasive plants, insect, fish, and pathogens have expanded.
    6. Climate change also increases invasive species growth.

Coming soon: One-pager to download and print; graphics, hashtags, and posts for social; press release template for your local event

For more information: If you have any questions about Pennsylvania Native Species Day, contact Deb Klenotic, Governor's Invasive Species Council Communications Chair, at dklenotic@pa.gov or (717) 649-9136.

First Annual Pennsylvania Native Species Day: June 18, 2022

 


Participation around the State

Great participation by a number of organizations helped make the first Pennsylvania Native Species Day a success:

    • Pennsylvania State Parks
    • Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
    • Native Fish Coalition Pennsylvania Chapter
    • Pennsylvania Lake Management Society and Bucks County Conservation District
    • Longwood Gardens
    • Penn State Master Watershed Stewards–Crawford, Erie, and Warren Counties
    • Penn State Extension in Philadelphia: Master Watershed Stewards, Master Gardeners, 4H, and PA SeaGrant
    • Regional Science Consortium and GoNativeErie
    • Natural Lands Trust
    • Murrysville Garden Club