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NotMISpecies webinar series kicks off January 18
January 17, 2023
Invasive species pose a threat to Michigan’s environment, economy, and sometimes even human health. The upcoming NotMISpecies webinar series explores how agencies, universities, and locally led organizations are working together to protect Michigan’s natural resources through the Michigan Invasive Species Program.
Invasive knotweed growing along a fence in Grand Traverse County. Photo courtesy of Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network.
Anyone concerned about the impacts of invasive species or interested in the techniques used to control them is encouraged to attend as experts examine species-specific actions, innovations in research and technology, and programs designed to help communities prevent and manage harmful invasive species.
Upcoming webinars in the series
January 18, 9 to 10 a.m.
If you can’t beat ‘em, find something that will eat ‘em: Biological control for invasive knotweeds
When infestations of invasive species become too large to control chemically and mechanically, biological control can be a cost-effective alternative. Marianna Szucs from the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University will provide a brief background on the practice of classical biological control and share her lab’s efforts to establish two host races of the knotweed psyllid (jumping plant lice) that are adapted to different knotweed species.
February 7, 9 to 10 a.m.
Lobster mobsters: An update on Michigan’s red swamp crayfish response
Though sometimes called “mini-lobsters,” invasive red swamp crayfish are anything but sweet. Once they show up in an ecosystem, they quickly take over, leaving little or nothing for the locals. Dr. Lucas Nathan, aquatic invasive species coordinator for the Michigan DNR, is intent on turning the tide of infestation in southeast Michigan. Join him to hear about recent advances in research and management of this combative crustacean.
March 21, 9 to 10 a.m.
Rowing the boat: The Michigan Invasive Species Program 2022 year in review
The hearty crew of staff, partners and volunteers that make up the MISP navigated through some rough waters in 2022 with new detections of beech leaf disease and spotted lanternfly in the state, but they also managed to make a lot of headway. The program’s communications coordinator, Joanne Foreman, will highlight response efforts, prevention, outreach and survey work undertaken in 2022 to protect Michigan’s natural resources from the effects of invasive species.