Emerging Threats: Amazon and eBay hosted ads for banned invasive species | Environment | The Guardian

EBay posting for Giant Salvinia
eBay posting for Giant Salvinia

“In the US, the Department of Agriculture has banned all transport and sale of giant salvinia across state borders. Despite these restrictions, at least four patches were sold in the past year on eBay by a seller in Hawaii who ships anywhere in the US.”

Source: Amazon and eBay hosted ads for banned invasive species | Environment | The Guardian



Maryland: Statewide Eyes Program Calls on Citizens to Help Find Invasive Plants

“Citizens and scientists are working together to tackle the problem of invasive plants on state lands through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ new Statewide Eyes program. Statewide Eyes is seeking people interested in identifying and mapping invasive plants that threaten ecologically sensitive sites.”

Source: Statewide Eyes Program Calls on Citizens to Help Find Invasive Plants

ENVIROTHON: Congratulations Charter School of Wilmington Team B!

EbannerCongratulations 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 a proud sponsor of 2016 Delaware ENVIROTHON!


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!!



DISC Quarterly Board Meeting

Happy Spring!

Our next Quarterly Board Meeting will be held Monday, April 25, 2016 at 10am in the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) building.  DDA address and January 27, 2016 Quarterly Meeting minutes are below.  We hope you can join us!

Board Meeting Minutes – Jan 27 2016

Delaware Department of Agriculture Building

2320 S Dupont Hwy

Dover, DE 19901


Fishermen Battle Invasive ‘Frankenfish’ Snakeheads

From National Geographic: Fishermen Battle Invasive ‘Frankenfish’ Snakeheads

“The large Asian invaders are spreading throughout the Chesapeake system, but people are beating them back.”


–From National Geographic

Delaware’s Most UNWANTED

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!


ICYMI: NISAW 2016 Webinars

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.NISAW-logo09

From www.nisaw.org:


From www.emeraldashborer.info (Upcoming and Past EAB Webinars)

Delaware Native Plant Society’s 2016 Winter/Spring Workshop

Delaware Native Plant Society’s Winter/Spring Workshop is March 12, 2016 at 10 am at St. Jones Reserve in Dover.  RSVP is required.  Email Eric Wahl at eric@elementdg.com to register!

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NISAW 2016: Brown Marmorated Stinkbug

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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