The Delaware Invasive Species Council (DISC) is offering funding through our small grants program. We encourage interested groups and individuals to submit proposals for projects that address an invasive species problem in Delaware. Approximately $2,000 is available to fund one or several projects with a start date of February 15th, 2023 with a one year completion deadline. Please refer to the Request For Proposals for complete details. All proposals are due by 5 PM on January 31, 2023.
Contact Edna Stetzar to report sightings: Edna.Stetzar@delaware.gov Lionfish Alert for Delaware! Please spread the word and report sightings of this voracious invasive that could be in our waters! The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife is interested in documenting the occurrence of lionfish (Pterois volitans and P. miles) off the coast of Delaware. Lionfish are native to the western Pacific Ocean, but have become well established along the east coast of the U.S. from Florida to North Carolina. Warm eddies generated…
Effective July 12, 2022, the Delaware Department of Agriculture will expand the spotted lanternfly quarantine zone to include Sussex County. Established populations have neem found n Georgetown, Milford, Seaford, Ocean View, and Rehoboth. Delaware News press releaseLearn more about spotted lanternflyReport spotted lanternfly
The fowl or poultry tick (Argas persicus) was newly detected in Delaware at a location in Kent County. This species, which is native to Asia but widely distributed around the world, is considered a major pest of poultry and linked to numerous avian health issues. This marks the first record of a soft tick (family Argasidae) in the state, with all other documented species being hard ticks (family Ixodidae). Poultry keepers are advised to monitor for tick infestations and report…
February 26 through March 2, 2018 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 Japanese Barberry. Click the image below for a full .pdf version, and please spread the word!
February 26 through March 2, 2018 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 White-Nose Syndrome. Click the image below for a full .pdf version, and please spread the word!
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″]
“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 [sgmb id=”1″]
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…
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).