Department of Natural Resources
April 19, 2021
Are you concerned about invasive species in Michigan? Wondering what's being done or what you can do? The NotMISpecies webinar series - offering different topics April through July - has answers and information you can use.
|The hourlong, monthly series hosts experts with hands-on experience in invasive species research, management and prevention who provide current information on threats to Michigan's land and waters. Question and answer sessions and links to resources help attendees get the most out of each presentation.
Tuesday, April 20, at 9 a.m., "Not in MI waters" dives into the world of technicians and biologists responding to new aquatic invasive plant detections. Find out how they are using the science of early detection and response to control European frog-bit, parrot feather and other recently introduced species.
"Dynamite! And other tools to protect Michigan's state park trees" (9 a.m. Tuesday, May 25) explores how and why tree health is a critical component of state park management. Learn about the variety of tools, including explosives, used to control invasive insects and diseases to keep the forest ecosystem intact and ensure you have a great recreation experience.
|Invasive bighead, silver and black carp are the topic of "Big, hungry fish" (9 a.m. Thursday, June 24). Currently, there is no evidence of these live fish, commonly called Asian carp, in the Great Lakes. Find out how Michigan, Illinois and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are working to keep it that way.
If you are new to the series, it's easy to catch up on topics including red swamp crayfish management, invasive species resources for boaters and lake associations, and the threat posed by spotted lanternfly. Recorded versions of all previous NotMISpecies webinars are available at Michigan.gov/EGLEEvents under Featured Webinar Series.
Michigan's Invasive Species Program, a collaborative effort of the departments of Natural Resources; Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; and Agriculture and Rural Development, coordinates and supports invasive species initiatives across the state and provides support through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program.
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Weighing carp: A US Fish and Wildlife Service fisheries biologist weighs a bighead carp. Photo courtesy of Ryan Hagerty, USFWS./