The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania Sea Grant, and the Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species (MAPAIS) recently released a new field guide to aquatic invasive species of the Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania region. This guide contains nearly 100 species, including 20-30 that are new species of concern to the Mid-Atlantic. Funding was provided by MAPAIS’s Grants Competition. Be on the look out for MAPAIS’s call for 2017 project proposals soon!
Electronic copies of the Mid-Atlantic Guide to Aquatic Invasive Species (low and high resolution .pdfs) are available on both the MAPAIS and Pennsylvania Sea Grant websites.
Mid-Atlantic Panel on Aquatic Invasive Species
Pennsylvania Sea Grant
“The NISC Management Plan is a call to collective action. It enables us to know where to place our priorities and where to invest in the future. The threats invasive species pose to American assets and security warrant an urgent response backed by the full commitment of NISC and its partners.”
Visit https://www.doi.gov/invasivespecies/call-action-2016-2018-nisc-management-plan to download the full management plan.
A 2012 article from UConn Today about the connection between Japanese Barberry infestations and densities of Lyme-infected ticks:
From UConn Today– Jeffrey Ward, chief scientist in the department of forestry and horticulture at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiement Station demonstrates the use of a propane torch. (Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Ward)
“In addition to attracting earthworms, the Barberry creates a perfect, humid environment for ticks. Williams recites the numbers. ‘When we measure the presence of ticks carrying the Lyme spirochete (Borreliaburgdorferi) we find 120 infected ticks where Barberry is not contained, 40 ticks per acre where Barberry is contained, and only 10 infected ticks where there is no Barberry.'”
Congratulations Charter School of Wilmington Team B for winning the 2016 Delaware ENVIROTHON on April 28! Although it was a cold and rainy day, about 20 teams of high school students from across the state came out to test their knowledge of environmental topics. DISC board members, many of whom are heavily involved in planning the competition, were on hand to help with testing- which included sections on invasive plant, insect, and aquatic species. DISC was proud to sponsor this year’s competition at the GOLD level, in an effort to help raise awareness of invasive species.
Invasive plant samples at Eco-Station #2
DISC is proud to be a GOLD level sponsor of the 2016 Delaware ENVIROTHON! ENVIROTHON is a state-wide and North American environmental education competition for high school students. This year’s state competition will be held on April 28 at Brecknock Park in Camden, and the “Fifth Topic”, which changes annually, is Invasive Species. DISC representatives will be on hand to help with the competition, and are excited to promote invasive species awareness among the next generation of environmentalists!
Best of luck to all the teams!
Happy Earth Day!!
Check out this article from Wednesday’s News Journal! It features an interview with our Chair, Ashley Peebles, and photos from our Education/Outreach Co-chair, Greg Gagliano!
During National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2016, several organizations hosted live webinars about invasive species. There’s good news for those who missed them: they can be viewed online! There are also several upcoming webinars on Emerald Ash Borer, so be sure to mark your calendar! Check out the links below.
From www.emeraldashborer.info (Upcoming and Past EAB Webinars)
In honor of National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2016, DISC will be highlighting a different invasive species each day! Today’s species is the Brown Marmorated Stinkbug (Halyomorpha halys).
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In honor of National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2016, DISC will be highlighting a different invasive species each day! Today’s species is Thousand Cankers Disease, caused by the fungus Geosmithia morbida.
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In honor of National Invasive Species Awareness Week 2016, DISC will be highlighting a different invasive species each day! Today’s species is Wavyleaf Basketgrass (Oplismenus hirtellus spp. Undulatifolius)
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