DEPAUVILLE — For the past five years, the second week of July has been observed in New York state as Invasive Species Awareness Week — a statewide educational campaign to raise awareness of invasive species and engage the public to take action. This year, the week is July 7 to 13.
Depauville Free Library, 32333 County Route 179, is participating in the effort by screening two invasive species documentaries on July 12.
At 5 p.m., “The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid: A Film About the loss of an Ecosystem” will be shown. Following a light soup supper, “Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes” will begin at 6 p.m.
The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is a tiny insect that is closely related to aphids. Adelgids, in general, are associated with conifers and produce galls or woolly masses. The HWA only produces woolly masses.
The film, “The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid” aims to engage and educate the viewer on this often overlooked invasive species and what it could hold in store if significant action is not taken. The film was made with the support of the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, a nonprofit focused on environmental conservation.
The documentary “Making Waves” was produced and filmed by the husband and wife team of Jessica and Brendan Walsh, who spent six years examining how a few unwanted species made their way into the Great Lakes and what’s being done to stop them.
For over a century, nonnative species of plants, fish, invertebrates and bacteria have invaded the Great Lakes at an average of one every eight months, the filmmakers say. According to a library news release, with more than 180 invasive species already in the Great Lakes, there has never been a better time for public education on invasive species.
The program is free. For more information, call the library at 315-686-3299.