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Archive of Exhibit Information
The following page is an archive of information from the Invaders Exhibit which took place April 15, 2008 – March 15, 2009. A virtual exhibit is being developed and will be available soon.
New York State Museum – Crossroads Gallery
Exhibit Information: BRI is partnering with the Museum and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to produce an exhibition on invasive species in New York State. This exhibition will introduce the public to non-native invasive species and tell why it is such an important topic in New York State and worldwide. It aims to connect visitors to the New York State Museum to this issue and inspire a sense of responsibility that they can take actions toward its resolution.
The exhibition incorporates several major themes, including the pervasiveness of invasive species and their advantage over native species; the responsibility of humans in introducing some species to the state; and invasive species as a form of biological pollution and as a threat to agriculture, forestry, parks, and other natural resources. The exhibition will also explore invasive species as a threat to tourism and industry, as well as how invasive species affect the daily lives of all New York State residents.
The exhibit focuses on species that are not native to the ecosystem they occur in and that can cause harm to the environment or to human health. Examples include: purple loosestrife, water chestnut, hemlock woolly adelgid, zebra mussel, the fungus causing Dutch elm disease, and snakehead. The exhibit will display up-to-date information on the status of invasive species in the state, relate how historical actions by humans and land use patterns have enabled these invasions to occur, and what steps can be taken in the future to address some of these problems.
FREE Lecture Series
In conjunction with the Invaders Exhibit, BRI and the New York State Museum are sponsoring a lectures series on various topics about invasive species. For more information on this lecture series visit Invaders Lecture Series.
FREE Public Programs
The BRI and the New York State Museum are also sponsoring two public programs related to some of the exhibit topics:
Landscaping with Native Plants
Saturday, June 21, 2008 at 1–4 p.m. FREE
Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center
Albany Pine Bush Conservation Director Neil Gifford and local landscape designer Sandra Walck-Zwinck will discuss the importance of landscaping with native plants, including tips and ideas for making any garden sustainable. The 1 p.m. lecture will be followed by a field trip to special sites throughout the Pine Bush. Pre-registration required by June 13. Register by calling 518-473-7154 or e-mail email@example.com.
Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 1–4 p.m. FREE
Museum’s Field Research Laboratory
Dr. Dan Molloy and his staff at the Museum’s field lab will explain how they investigate the biology, ecology, and taxonomy of zebra mussels, an aquatic invertebrate pest in this hands-on workshop using microscopes. The Field Research Laboratory is located one hour north of Albany near the town of Cambridge. You must provide your own transportation. Participation is limited to 20 people. Pre-registration is due by September 12. Register for this program by calling 518-473-7154 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
NYS Museum Press Release
A press release about the opening of this exhibit is available at: “ INVADERS” OPENS AT NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM APRIL 15.
If you would like additional information about the Invaders Exhibition contact Mary Beth Kolozsvary at: email@example.com or 518-474-6531.