Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mosquitoes and West Nile virus

Since 1999, more than 30,000 people in the United States have been reported as getting sick with West Nile virus. Infected mosquitoes spread West Nile virus (WNV) that can cause serious, life altering disease.

Below are a few links with updated information about this year's virus.




Monday, August 27, 2012

Why the USA is the Invasive Species Compendium’s number one user

Invasive Species are a major problem in the United States of America (USA) as in many other countries, causing significant harm to the environment, the economy, and to animal and human health. The negative impacts of invasives are difficult to calculate in dollars and cents in terms of their environmental damage to biodiversity, ecosystems and ecosystem services. However, in their damage to agriculture, forests and biodiversity, the costs of invasives in the USA are in the billions of dollars per year.

Our National Invasive Species Council coordinates actions among 45 federal agencies that use their laws, regulations, staff and funds to fight invasive species. As of 2012, the agencies spend over US $2 billion per year in these efforts.

When the Council, led by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), collaborated with CABI to prepare an Invasive Species Compendium, we built an international consortium of 29 organizations in 12 countries to develop and finance it.


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Study tracks release of invasive species by science teachers

Study tracks release of invasive species by science teachers
About a quarter of educators said they put plants and animals into the environment once the lesson is over


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Mid-Atlantic Early Detection Network Workshop

 Mid-Atlantic Early Detection Network

September 13, 2012 (Thursday) 
9:00am – 3:30pm 
Park Police Headquarters Auditorium 
1901 Anacostia Drive, S.E. 
Washington DC 20019 

Purpose: To establish a Network of Experts in the mid-Atlantic region who will report invasive species using the Early Detection Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS) and serve as Area Expert Verifiers (AEVs) for designated areas to help ensure data accuracy.

Why is it important to map invasive species? Accurate reporting and mapping of invasive species is essential for effective long-term management. Newly detected invasive species, established invasives spreading to new areas and exotic species recently showing invasive tendencies all need to be reported using a reliable and accessible system. The Early Detection Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS) developed by the University of Georgia’s Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health in 2005 is leading this effort. Recent smartphone applications are bringing this technology to everyone from land managers and scientists to the average citizen. 
Awareness of the location of harmful species lurking on your borders allows you to keep an eye out for them, prevent their introduction and establishment and take immediate action to eradicate and contain them if needed. Mapping also gives us the ability to track changes in species distributions over time.
Why should you attend? Area Expert Verifiers are needed to take responsibility for overseeing invasive species being reported into EDDMapS. AEVs will routinely check reports and verify species identifications. An area can be a park, a preserve, a park system, a wilderness area, a county, a state, a neighborhood or a private property. Review and verification of data by AEVs will ensure accuracy, reliability and usefulness of information. 
Workshop is FREE. Lunch provided for Pre-Registrants only.  
Registration is Required
Register by Sep. 1, 2012. Space limited to 60. To register, go to:

Bring: Your Android, i-phone or i-pad. Be prepared for field and weather. 
Directions: Provided on website and can be mailed as needed. Email to: info@maipc.org
Metro: Anacostia Station on the Blue line.
Mid Atlantic Early Detection Network: Creating the Net and Making it Work
8:00        Sign-in, Morning Refreshments
9:00         Welcome. Developing the Mid-Atlantic Early Detection Network: What Are We Proposing to Do? Chuck Bargeron and Jil Swearingen

9:15        What is Early Detection? Are We Too Late? Why Bother? John Peter Thompson 

9:45         Invasive Insects. Mary Kay Malinoski
10:00 Invasive Pathogens. Dave Clement
10:15 Emerging Invasive Plants. Jil Swearingen 

10:30 BREAK
11:00 Regulated Pests. Matt Travis
11:15 EDDMapS and SmartPhone Apps; organize groups for field exercise. Chuck Bargeron

12:00 LUNCH (*Provided for Pre-Registrants Only) 

1:00         Field Exercise: Use of Smart-Phone EDDMapS apps. 

2:00          The Bay Area Early Detection Network (BAEDN): Lessons Learned. Mark Frey

2:15          Tracking Treatments with EDDMapS. Steve Manning/Lee Patrick

2:30           Panel Discussion: What do we need to do to get MAEDN going? What is expected of Expert Verifiers? How do 
we maintain MAEDN? How do we ensure quality control?
What else do we need to do or think about? What are we missing?

3:00 Conclusion

3:15 Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant 
Council Annual Business meeting (15 mins)

Thanks to the following sponsors for their support: Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, Invasive Species Control, Inc., Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council, National Park Service, University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the U.S. Park Police. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Giant African Land Snail Program in Florida - Latest News

Giant African Land Snail Program in Florida - The Latest News
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry (FDACS-DPI) and the USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine (USDA-APHIS-PPQ) are working hard to prevent the Giant African Land Snail's establishment in the continental U.S. 
 Educators interested in ready-to-go information on the Giant African Land Snail can download a scripted presentation (-script includes detailed speaker notes with reference background information) on the Protect U.S. website  Go to 'scripted presentations.'  Authors of the scripted presentation are Stocks (UF), White-McClean (FDACS-DPI), and Hodges (UF).  Presentations on Protect U.S. are periodically updated as appropriate.  A link to an interactive, e-learning module is also provided on the Protect U.S. site. The Protect U.S. project is co-coordinated by the University of Florida and the University of Illinois, and is a National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) and Regional IPM Center partner project.  The formation of Protect U.S. was funded by the 10201 Farm Bill.