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NISAW 2019: Flathead Catfish

NISAW 2019: Flathead Catfish

February 25 through March 3, 2019 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week!  In recognition of NISAW, DISC will be posting an “Invasive Species of the Day” throughout the week. Today’s highlighted species is Flathead Catfish. Click the image below for a full .pdf version, and please spread the word!  

2018 Annual Meeting Registration Is Now Open!

2018 Annual Meeting Registration Is Now Open!

Register now for DISC’s 2018 Annual Meeting! The Delaware Invasive Species Council’s annual meeting covers a full range of invasive species, including aquatic and terrestrial plants, animals and pathogens that impact native species and threaten Delaware’s natural resources, economy, an quality of life. Join government agencies, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, community leaders and others in strengthening awareness of invasive species prevention and management through information sharing and collaboration at the meeting!

Mid-Atlantic Field Guide to Aquatic Invasive Speices

Mid-Atlantic Field Guide to Aquatic Invasive Speices

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…

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A Call to Action: 2016–2018 NISC Management Plan

A Call to Action: 2016–2018 NISC Management Plan

“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. [sgmb id=”1″]

Controlling Japanese Barberry Helps Stop Spread of Tick-Borne Diseases

Controlling Japanese Barberry Helps Stop Spread of Tick-Borne Diseases

A 2012 article from UConn Today about the connection between Japanese Barberry infestations and densities of Lyme-infected ticks: “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.’” [sgmb id=”1″]

ENVIROTHON: Congratulations Charter School of Wilmington Team B!

ENVIROTHON: Congratulations Charter School of Wilmington Team B!

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…

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DISC is a proud sponsor of 2016 Delaware ENVIROTHON!

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…

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Delaware’s Most UNWANTED

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! [sgmb id=”1″]

ICYMI: NISAW 2016 Webinars

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. From www.nisaw.org: Let’s take a hack at hack and squirt individual plant treatments Protecting the Sierra Nevada from Invasive Plants: Incorporating Climate Adaptation into Wildland Weed Management Treating Firewood is…

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