Become a Weed Warrior! – a volunteer training

Volunteers Needed to Assist with Habitat Management Work at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Starting in June 2015, the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex is launching its volunteer Weed Warrior program with the goal of maintaining healthy National Wildlife Refuges by identifying and eradicating invasive plant species.  Invasive plant species can decrease the success of native plants, birds, and other wildlife characteristic of Rhode Island.

Refuge biologist Nick Ernst, in collaboration with Hope Leeson, botanist for the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, have scheduled two training sessions in hopes of bringing in new volunteers from the community to participate in this worthwhile program.  On the agenda are topics including invasive plant identification and treatment methods.  Each training session will have both in the classroom and out in the field components.  The first training session is scheduled for Saturday, June 20th, 10:30am-2:30pm at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, RI 02813; and the second training session is scheduled for Saturday, June 27th, 10:30am-12:30pm at the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, 769 Sachuest Point Road, Middletown, RI 02842.

To register for either of these opportunities and for more information, please contact Nick Ernst via email at nick_ernst@fws.gov or via phone at 401-364-9124 ext. 19.