Saturday, July 31, 2010
This online course created by the University of Florida help you join the fight to stop these dangerous invaders: http://ufwildlife.ifas.ufl.edu/reddy.shtml
Friday, July 30, 2010
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Sunday, July 25, 2010
Featured Keynote Speaker for 2010:
Peter H. Raven is one of the world's leading botanists and advocates of conservation and biodiversity. For three decades, he has headed the Missouri Botanical Garden, an institution he nurtured into a world-class center for botanical research and education, and horticultural display. Described by Time magazine as a "Hero for the Planet," Raven champions research around the world to preserve endangered plants and is a leading advocate for conservation and a sustainable environment. For more information click here.
This year's conference will be held at the Tan-Tar-A Resort on the shores of beautiful Lake of the Ozarks in the Osage River Hills region of the Missouri Ozarks. For more information or to register click here.
Update of Jim Miller's book now providing information on accurate identification of 56 plants that are aggressively invading forests of the 13 Southern States at alarming rates. For more information and to download the book in pdf go to: http://wiki.bugwood.org/Archive:IPSF
Friday, July 23, 2010
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Monday, July 19, 2010
You do not have to be a professional photographer to contribute to Bugwood Images and you retain complete ownership of images you submit. Anyone interested in contributing photographs to Bugwood Images can get more information at: http://wiki.bugwood.org/BugwoodIDS:FAQ.
To see the image archive go to: http://www.bugwood.org/ImageArchives.html.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Unlike previous studies on the invasiveness of horticultural plants, the research team found that the marketing period--the number of years a plant was sold--has profound influence on naturalization and invasion. Seventy percent of plants sold in Florida for 30 years or longer naturalized, according to Pemberton, indicating that length of time sold is the most important factor contributing to naturalization.
To read more go to: Http://www.greenenvironmentnews.com/Environment/Agriculture/Longer+Marketing+Time+Increases+the+Risk+of+Naturalization+by%0D%0AHorticultural+Plants
Friday, July 16, 2010
This 15-page booklet features five of the worst aquatic weeds found in North America, accompanied by interactive links to key concepts and terminology, video clips, and games that help illustrate the serious problems associated with these plant species. For more information: http://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/node/688
Created by the Center For Aquatic And Invasive Plants, University of Florida, IFAS.
Natural Resources Professionals Gather to Learn about Invasive Species Management in the Desert Southwest
We're being invaded! Come on down to Sachuest Point and learn about invasive plant species in Rhode Island. After an introduction there will be a walk through the refuge where we will look for and remove various species of invasive plants along the trail. There will be free tattoos and coloring books for kids and a prize for the person who removes the most invasive plants during the walk. Wear closed shoes please.
For more information see: http://www.projothebeat.com/middletown-ri/events/show/129385065-rhode-island-invasive-species-all-ages#
For full article see: http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/porter/article_24a9b975-7d56-5733-8d4d-e6d101effca7.html
Thursday, July 15, 2010
It is estimated that $135 billion dollars are spent each year in removal and control of exotic and invasive species throughout the United States. Please join us for a 45 minute webinar to better understand the problem and see what you can do to “Stop the Spread”, presented by Michael Murphrey – East Texas Invasive Species Coordinator at the Texas Forest Service. The webinar is August 12th from 12:00-12:45pm. – For more information go to http://texasinvasives.org/pages/spotlight.php
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
In 2009, Southeastern Community College was awarded a $109,000 grant from the Burroughs-Wellcome Foundation to fund a series of Summer Science Enrichment Camps for area high school students in the North Carolina Lower Coastal Plain. The primary topic for the week long camps, which will run from 2009-2011, will be Invasive Species, which is an important emerging environmental issue. During these hands-on, field-oriented sessions, camp participants will interact directly with prominent scientists and educators who are involved with invasive species management issues across the U.S. and Canada.
Here is an abbreviated agenda for the 2010 Camp:
Monday, July 26, 2010
8:30-8:45 Introductions and Camp Overview - Rebecca Westbrooks, Camp Director
8:45-9:30 Lecture - Dr. Randy Westbrooks - Introduction to Invasive Species
9:30-10:15 Lab Exercise – Randy Westbrooks - New Students:Weed Risk Assessment – Beach Vitex Lab Exercise – Randy Westbrooks -Advanced Students: Separating Weed Seeds from Soil
10:30-11:30 Lab Exercise – Randy Westbrooks - New Students: Extraction and Preservation of Live Cactus Moth Larvae (Cactoblastis cactorum) from Prickly Pear Cactus Cladodes (Pads) Internet Research – Randy Westbrooks – Advanced Students:Internet Research - Collect Information to Develop a Fact Sheet on Sawtooth Oak
11:30-12:00 Lecture - Teresa Lengner –New Students: Introduction to GPS and Orienteering Technical Writing Exercise – Randy Westbrooks – Advanced Students:Develop a Fact Sheet on Sawtooth Oak
1:00-2:00 Outdoor Lab Exercise – Teresa Lengner – All Students: Treasure Hunt: Orienteering and Geo-caching on the SCC Campus
2:00-3:00 Outdoor Lab Exercise – Randy Westbrooks and Jonathan Short – All Students: Plant ID and Collection; GPS Survey of Invasive Plants on the SCC Campus and Nature Trail
3:15-4:30 Lab Exercise – Teresa Lengner – All Students: GIS Mapping of Invasive Plants on the SCC Campus
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
8:45-9:30 Lecture: Karan Rawlins, U-GA - Introduction to U-GA EDDMapS
9:30-10:15 Lab Exercise/Internet Research – Karan Rawlins – All Students: Enter Field Data from Monday Lab Exercises into EDDMapS
10:30-12:00 Field Trip – Randy Westbrooks and Jonathan Short – All Students: GPS Surveys - Japanese Knotweed in Columbus County
1:00-2:30 Field Trip – Steve Hoyle, Randy Westbrooks, and Jonathan Short – All Students: Alligatorweed Control at Lake Waccamaw State Park – Chemical Control; Discussion of Biological Control Methods - Lake Waccamaw State Park Boat Ramp
3:00-4:30 Lab Exercise/Internet Research – Karan Rawlins – All Students: Enter 2009 Wild Taro and 2010 Japanese Knotweed Field Data into EDDMapS
7:00 – 8:30 Camp Keynote Address: John Peter Thompson* – Invasive Plants and the Plant Nursery Industry.
*Invasive Species Consultant, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Guest Appearance by Australia’s ‘Woody Weed’
Invited Vendor Displays:
- Southeast Coastal Chapter of the North Carolina Native Plant Society
- SunGlo Hobbyist Greenhouses
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
8:45-9:30 Lecture: Steve Hoyle, NCSU – All Students: Introduction to Aquatic Weed Control Methods.
9:30-10:15 Internet Research – Steve Hoyle – All Students: Control Methods for Watershield (Brasenia shreberi) and Crested Floating Heart (Nymphoides cristata)
10:30-12:00 Outdoor Lab Exercise – Steve Hoyle – All Students: Control of Watershield in the SCC Pond
12:00-1:00 Luncheon Seminar – Ray Mize, SCC – All Students: Last Child in the Woods.
1:00-1:45 Lecture – Randy Westbrooks and Janine Lloyd – All Students: Non-Chemical Methods for Control of Kudzu.
2:00-4:30 Outdoor Lab Exercise – Randy Westbrooks, Janine Lloyd, and Steve Hoyle – All Students: Kudzu Control Demonstration Project
Thursday, July 29, 2010
8:30-8:45 Morning Briefing - Rebecca Westbrooks, Camp Director
8:45-9:30 Lecture – Don Hopkins - New Students: Introduction to Honey Bee Pathogens. Field Trip – Steve Hoyle, Randy Westbrooks, and Jonathan Short - Advanced Students: Wild Taro Appraisal Survey and Retreatment at Lake Waccamaw
9:30-10:15 Internet Research – Don Hopkins - New Students: Colony Collapse Disorder and Nosema ceranae
10:30-12:00 Lab Exercise – Don Hopkins - New Students: Methods for Detection of Nosema ceranae
1:00-2:30 Careers in ENV Science and IVS Mgt.– New Students: Janine Lloyd – 1999 Graduate of the SCC ENV Program Environmental Scientist - Geo-Marine, Inc., Jacksonville, N.C.; Bo Benton - 2008 Graduate of the SCC ENV Program, Wildlife Specialist - USDA APHIS Wildlife Services, Whiteville, N.C.
Wild Taro Brochure Distribution at Public Locations in the Town of Lake Waccamaw – Jonathan Short and Randy Westbrooks – Advanced Students: (Dale’s Seafood at Lake Waccamaw, Lake Waccamaw State Park, Lake Waccamaw Depot Museum, Lake Waccamaw Town Hall, Lake Waccamaw Library, Southeastern Community College, etc.)
2:45-4:30 Outdoor Lab Exercise – Steve Hoyle - New Students: Control of Mimosa on the SCC Campus
Friday, July 30, 2010
8:45-9:30 Lecture – Dan Ryan, TNC – All Students: Plant Conservation, Invasive Species and the Nature Conservancy
9:30-10:15 Lecture – Chris Helms (Superintendent, Lake Waccamaw State Park) and Jean Lynch (Coastal Region Biologist, N.C. State Parks) – All Students: Plant Conservation, Invasive Species, and North Carolina State Parks
10:30-11:00 SCC Environmental Program, Careers – Rebecca Westbrooks and Teresa Lengner – All Students: Environmental Science Technology, Agricultural Biotechnology, Invasive Species Management
11:00-12:00 Internet Research – Rebecca Westbrooks – All Students: Careers in Environmental Science - Preparation for Student Afternoon Presentations
12:00-1:00 Luncheon Seminar - Christine Ellis, Waccamaw River Keeper – All Students and Parents: The Waccamaw River - Ipnvasive Species and Water Quality Monitoring
1:00-1:30 Internet Research – Rebecca Westbrooks – All Students: Careers in Environmental Science - Preparation for Student Afternoon Presentations
1:30-2:30 Student Presentations – Careers in Environmental Science
2:30-3:00 Closing Remarks – Rebecca Westbrooks – Camp Director
- Discussion of Fall Seminars and Events
- Student Participation in the SCC Student Weed Stopper Program
- Presentation of Camp Certificates
- Closing Evaluations - Students, Camp Instructors, Camp Assistants
We invite you to honor our founder, Lady Bird Johnson, at our free admission day Sunday, July 25, during extended hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lady Bird Johnson Tribute Day features a sculpture-in-progress of Mrs. Johnson, storytelling for children, a pottery demonstration, a remarkable display of Mrs. Johnson's memorabilia, book signings and more. The first 200 visitors will receive a free packet of wildflower seeds. Children can also make their own seed packets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This day remembers July 26,1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson presented his first lady with 50 pens used to sign environmental legislation that she inspired.
Native Plants Journal is a forum for dispersing practical information about planting and growing North American (Canada, Mexico, and U.S.) native plants for conservation, restoration, reforestation, landscaping, highway corridors, and related uses. It is edited by R. Kasten Dumroese of the USDA Forest Service at the Rocky Mountain Research Station.
Editor Kas Dumroese stresses that “The goal of Native Plants Journal is to ‘cross pollinate’ researchers and field restorationists, therefore we publish refereed research manuscripts as well as general technical articles that share real-world experiences of field personnel.”
“We are very excited to begin working with the Native Plants Journal editorial staff. This title is a perfect fit for our publishing program as it joins our other environmental and land management publications: Landscape Journal, Ecological Restoration, Land Economics and our many books in these fields,” said Pam Wilson, UW Press Journals Manager.
The journal is published three times per year in full color and is available in both print and electronic formats. In addition to offering subscribers online access to new issues and the complete back content of the journal, UW Press will provide direct links to the Propagation Protocol Database from the journal website.
Native Plants Journal was founded as a cooperative effort of the USDA Forest Service and the University of Idaho, with input from the USDA Agricultural Research Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The first issue was published in January 2000. The current publisher, Indiana University Press, will oversee publication through volume 11, 2010. Native Plants Journal is also included in Project Muse.
The University of Wisconsin Press, which will mark its 75th year of publishing in 2011, has been publishing journals since 1963. With the addition of Native Plants Journal, its journals program will include twelve journals. To see related UW Press publications, including the journals Ecological Restoration, Land Economics, and Landscape Journal, please visit our website at http://uwpress.org/ or http://uwpress.wisc.edu/journals .
CoastScapes are environmentally sound native plant conservation landscapes which benefit people, the local environment, and coastal Georgia. Conservation landscaping works with nature to reduce pollution while creating diverse landscapes that conserve water, protect clean water and air, support wildlife and their native habitat, and provide a more beautiful, healthier human environment. Conservation landscaping can also be used to address areas with problems such as erosion, nutrient loss, sedimentation, poor soils, steep slopes, or poor drainage or to enhance and/or restore habitat. Conservation landscaping also provides valuable opportunities to reduce the effects of the human built and developed environment.
Initiated in January 2009, the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service is developing a comprehensive CoastScapes Conservation Landscaping Program for coastal Georgia. Outreach efforts to engage Georgians in conservation landscaping practices will be developed and implemented to help preserve the coast’s water resources, plants, habitats and wildlife; all of which are critical elements needed to nurture and preserve the complex web of life that characterizes coastal Georgia and its surrounding watersheds. In addition, as the coastal region begins to accommodate rapidly expanding urban growth, the program will help mitigate negative environmental impacts by promoting the adoption of comprehensive CoastScapes conservation landscaping concepts and practices with emphasis on the following components:
• Use of regional non-invasive native and beneficial plants
• Water conservation by placing plants in the appropriate growing conditions, minimizing the use of supplemental watering and the amount of turf lawn, and implementing xeriscaping
• Reduction or elimination of chemical fertilizer and pesticide use by planting native plants and practicing Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
• Purification of the air and water by planting native trees, shrubs, and perennials
• Protection of existing natural areas and the watershed’s “sense of place” as well as restoration, enhancement and/or creation of native habitat
• Incorporation of overall environmentally sensitive site design
• Energy conservation by placing native trees, shrubs, vines and landscape structures in appropriate locations (to reduce heating and cooling needs) and reducing the use of power landscape equipment
• Incorporation of green infrastructure stormwater BMPs, such as:
o better site planning (including preservation of undisturbed native habitat and vegetation)
o better site design (including reduction of sidewalk lengths and widths, reducing setbacks and
frontages) in order to reduce the amount of impervious surface
o low impact development (such as bioretention areas, rain gardens, bioswales, permeable
pavements, rain harvesting, soil restoration, and site reforestation/revegetation) in order to
recharge groundwater and reduce runoff and the amount of impervious surface
o plantings of native trees, shrubs, and perennial ground cover in swales and on terraces, in
addition to level and raised areas, in order to reduce runoff and soil erosion and stabilize slopes
• Implementation of invasive species control by avoiding the use of and removal and replacement of invasive plants
• Providing wildlife habitat by planting native plants
• Promotion and protection of pollinators, beneficial insects and coastal wildlife habitat needs
• Mulching to conserve water, suppress weeds, improve soil structure, and to lessen erosion
• Composting to reduce yard waste and to use as a soil amendment
• Recycling and reusing materials to eliminate waste
• Promotion of habitat linkage and connectivity
• Maintenance of native plant gardens and planning for the long term
• Guidance to the challenges and solutions of gardeners to global warming and climate change
• Learning to appreciate nature and toleration of imperfections in the garden
Date: TODAY Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
Time: 11:45am to 1pm Eastern
Place: Your Computer!
Click here to view webcast! (Link will become live day of webcast)
The Midwestern U.S. has a relatively high density of prairie fen wetlands. These globally rare habitats support high plant diversity and are home to a number of rare and endangered plants, insects, and vertebrates. Prairie fens are under threat from a number of factors, including habitat fragmentation, pollution, and invasive species. Glossy buckthorn (Frangula alnus) is one of the most common prairie fen invasives in Michigan. It is known to dramatically alter the fens it invades, and the removal of glossy buckthorn is often the focus of restoration projects. In this webcast, learn about 1) the changes we saw in restored prairie fen in the first two years following buckthorn removal and 2) how to determine whether you own or manage property that is a degraded prairie fen with restoration potential.
Tune in with Anna Fiedler of Michigan State University and Lisa Brush of the Stewardship Network for this informative upcoming webcast!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
To be held October 3-7, 2010, in Northampton , MA , with sponsorship of the University of MA , the University of CA , USDA Forest Service, USDA-ARS , US Department of Fish and Wildlife and the US National Park Service. The meeting's purpose is to explore the benefits of classical biological control to native forests, and associated habitats including wetlands, grasslands, deserts, and oceanic islands. The meeting is intended increase mutual understanding between the disciplines of biological control and conservation biology and examine how biological control contributes to the restoration of species and communities damaged by invasive plants and insects. The meeting website can be found at http://www.biocontrolfornature.org/ and here we attached the scientific program. The venue for the meeting is a classic small New England city, with most architecture dating from the 1890s, amply opportunities for tourism, dining and live music all within walking distance. The meeting takes place just prior to peak color for fall foliage. The meeting site is an historic hotel located in downtown Northampton, less than a block from vibrant street life, shops and restaurants. The meeting will include a one day field trip to view locally important invasive species, some of which are current or developing targets of biological control (hemlock woolly adelgid, Japanese knotweed, swallowwort, garlic mustard), as well as to appreciate views of the fall landscape and some cultural points. For more information consult the website or email/call Roy Van Driesche at UMASS (413-545-1061, email@example.com)
The workshop will be held August 19th in Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville Pennsylvania. Come learn about the latest in biocontrols available for some of our most common invasive species pests including Japanese Knotweed, Mile-a-minute and Tree-of-Heaven. Full Agenda and mail-in Registration available, http://www.ma-eppc.org/ (online registration/ pay pal coming soon). A nominal fee for the workshop includes MA-EPPC membership and subscription to Wildland Weeds (http://www.fleppc.org/publications/Papers.htm).
We are currently researching ways to improve information use and sharing within the invasive species community.
We would be grateful if you could help by letting us know how you find and share invasive species information. Please click on the following link to access our short online anonymous questionnaire (10 questions) which will enable you to contribute to this research. (If the link does not work you may need to copy and paste the text into your browser):
The questionnaire will be available until Friday 3rd September 2010. We will be happy to share the results with you following analysis. This research builds on the findings of a survey and workshops held in the UK last year. For more information about this research, please visit my project web page:
Many thanks in advance for your contribution.
Postgraduate Research Student,
Harper Adams University College,
Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB
+44 (0) 1952 815 424
hbayliss@harper- adams.ac. uk
Monday, July 12, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Students and teachers gathered from all over South Georgia on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 for the first EDDMapS Workshop in Georgia at the UGA Tifton Campus. The workshop, organized by Susan Reinhardt for the Young Scholars Program, allowed students and teachers to learn how to find invasive species, why they are harmful and how to report them online through EDDMapS.
Karan Rawlins, Invasive Species Coordinator at the University of Georgia’s Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, taught the workshop which included a field trip where students and teachers saw and collected data on invasive plants firsthand.
“My goal was to show them that invasive species are everywhere, even in their own backyard,” says Rawlins. “They were shocked as we found over a dozen invasive plants in a small area on campus. They included mimosa, Chinese wisteria, Japanese honeysuckle, Chinese tallowtree, Japanese climbing fern, wild taro, and Chinese privet.
As the invasive species were found, the group took pictures of the each plant, and the GPS coordinates were gathered. This information was later put into a mapping system called EDDMapS. EDDMapS is a web-based mapping system that focuses on documenting invasive species distribution across the United States. It is quick and easy and available for anyone to use.
The Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health hopes to continue these workshops throughout the state to inform the public how to report invasive species online through EDDMapS.
Visit www.eddmaps.org to learn more about reporting invasives throughout the United States.
(Erin Griffin is the Outreach and Communication Coordinator with the University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.)
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Natural resource managers across the prairie region have been working for decades to reclaim and restore prairie habitats. A field day on July 20, 2010 in Ortonville, Minnesota has been designed to share information with anyone interested in managing these ecosystems. Topics include site prep tools, herbicide options for brush control, integrating prescribed burn and herbicide treatment to control Canada thistle and management techniques. To register for the field day and for more information, click here.