As we enter spring, many plants are flowering, seeds are germinating, and wildlife is becoming more active with the abundance of food. A healthy ecosystem contains all of the activity of spring, including the symbiotic relationships between plants, animals and microorganisms. With the influx of activity, there is more opportunity for invasive species to spread. These invasive plants and animals change the relationships in an ecosystem from symbiotic to parasitic. Invasive species take more than they give.
Our conservation efforts often focus on the removal of these invasive species. NYC makes concentrated efforts to keep ecosystems healthy by educating youth and putting in hundreds of hours of exhausting labor to remove plants like blackberry and scotch broom.