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  2. I have done the same game with a lot of school groups. I have attached is the version I found. It has more species cards made (if you have more students) and a few more reasons to take steps. Instead of a 50:50 of invasives vs natives this version puts more natives, to show having just a few invasive species in an area will hurt many natives. It can sometimes be difficult to show the correct results because some students will try to cheat, but going over one step being heel to toe helps. If you print these cards, be careful, the front and back do not always line up correctly. cards.pdf invasive-species-spinner.pdf what makes a good invader.pdf
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  4. A family of anglers travel to Oswego County — not the American West — to find the catch they’ve only dreamed of landing. View the full article
  5. ISN has used beetles in multiple projects since 2012, and it's gone really well. Obviously, the beetles don't eradicate loosestrife, so follow-up releases are required after 5 or so years, but it's made marked impacts on large populations (not small/medium ones). There is a fair amount of communication that needs to happen with the public--the beetles take a year or two to get established, and it's not eradication! But dang if they don't help keep things to a dull roar in a nice rollercoaster of population sizes. ISN has ordered ours through Wildlife and Wetlands Solutions for a very reasonable price (something like $150 for a pot with over 1,000 beetles), but I'm sure there are other sources as well!
  6. Hello everyone, The CAKE CISMA has spent an extensive amount of time surveying purple loosestrife along the Elk River Chain of Lakes this past summer. As we look to next year for potential treatment, we are contemplating using garucella beetles for the larger, denser stands. I was curious to see 1) any expertise any of you may have using beetles, 2) any successes or failures using beetles, and 3) where you typically order them from. We are hoping to go with the most reliable, cost-effective option out there. Thanks everyone!
  7. The link for the Strike Team Formation Process no longer works, does anyone have access to the PDF? https://www.michiganinvasives.org/docs/2017_AnnualMeeting/Strike_Team_Formation_Process_Rayner.pdf
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  9. A cancer afflicting mussels originated off the Pacific coast of Canada, but then crossed into other species in Europe and South America. View the full article
  10. Is this map viewer really public? - http://midnr.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=49bac67620ed4365a0a365cdb47040eb It's listed as public but not sure if you actually have to be in the HWA group to view it. You could also reach out to the E/O subcommittee lead, @Sue Tangora who might have more updated static maps/materials. Also, just FYI that as of July 1 we've officially transferred TNC's role in the HWA work to @Kaldis Grants so he's your point of contact from now on!
  11. Thanks so much for uploading this, Ben! It was a great game to have at the start of the CISMA field trip, and perfect to get students engaged!
  12. Hello All, I recently led a field trip for the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts Fall Summit in Bellaire. During the field trip, I facilitated a group activity that I learned a few years ago and have adapted to CAKE/Michigan species. The game seemed to go over pretty well with the group, and a few coordinators asked if I would upload it here. I've attached the instruction sheet and necessary materials for the activity to this post. This game is a helpful object lesson in demonstrating the advantages that invasive species have over native species. It works best for large groups. I hope that some of you find it useful! Let me know if you have any questions about it. Invasive Species Activity Instructions Sheet.pdf Invasive Species Activity Ecological Events Wheel.pdf CAKE CISMA Invasive Species Game_ Invasive Cards.pdf CAKE CISMA Invasive Species Game_ Native Cards (1).pdf
  13. Grasses that have encroached from other regions can make wildfires more frequent, according to a new study. View the full article
  14. I have a student group assessing a portion of the North Country Trail for invasive species. One of them is doing insects and disease and would like to include HWA as a future risk. Is there an updated map showing the current locations of HWA in Michigan and, ideally, Wisconsin? The only map I can find online has up to 2017 points. Thanks and Happy Holidays, Sigrid
  15. Hi, I am with WePIC and handle a lot of the pesticide and reporting data in Excell. Excell was ok for a while but now with so many years of data and so many sites, I am thinking Access is the way to go. I took a class on it in college and have a basic knowledge of the program, but I have only ever used it for mailing lists. I started today attempting to create an Access Database that can keep track of all of my sites, each treatment, and hopefully calculate automatically how much herbicide was used, based off of the total volume of spray mix applied and the percentage of the active ingredient in each herbicide we use, and also rate per acre. I am currently crafting the drop downs for types of treatment and herbicide active ingredients. Needless to say, I am feeling a little out of my league, and wondering if someone else thought about using Access rather than Excell as we have been doing for seven years. Did someone else craft an Acess database for this task? Are you willing to share? Any tip's ect.... Plus tips on crafting the formulas for the pesticide stuff, normally I use a calculator.... Thank you, Jen Ricker Feak My email is IronBaragaCD@gmail.com
  16. Hi, I am with WePIC and handle a lot of the pesticide and reporting data in Excell. Excell was ok for a while but now with so many years of data and so many sites, I am thinking Access is the way to go. I took a class on it in college and have a basic knowledge of the program, but I have only ever used it for mailing lists. I started today attempting to create an Access Database that can keep track of all of my sites, each treatment, and hopefully calculate automatically how much herbicide was used, based off of the total volume of spray mix applied and the percentage of the active ingredient in each herbicide we use, and also rate per acre. I am currently crafting the drop downs for types of treatment and herbicide active ingredients. Needless to say, I am feeling a little out of my league, and wondering if someone else thought about using Access rather than Excell as we have been doing for seven years. Did someone else craft an Acess database for this task? Are you willing to share? Any tip's ect.... Plus tips on crafting the formulas for the pesticide stuff, normally I use a calculator.... Thank you, Jen Ricker Feak My email is IronBaragaCD@gmail.com
  17. Hello, I am interested in hearing how you have dealt with road commissions. More specifically, what permits do you hold that you allow the road commission to be under as well? Where have you gotten funding to treat right-of-ways? What decontamination practices have you discuss with them/how do you get them to do decon practices? In what ways have you gotten them to not mow invasives/what was their response? Any information you have on working with road commissions will be helpful. Thank you!
  18. ISN staff are required to have have Core (obviously), Right-of-Way (catchall), Aquatic (Phragmites etc.), and Ornamental (sometimes we treat on private properties in ornamental settings, especially with knotweeds), because that covers about all the work we do. A few staff members also have Forest Pest, mainly because they want to; it may come in handy at some point! We picked these certs because they seem to fit what we do the best, but also because Core & Right-of-Way were handed down to us by predecessors as the ones we should have. If they had a "miscellaneous invasive plants" category instead, that would be great.
  19. Hello everyone, I have been reviewing all of MDARDs certification categories (they have 25 different ones!) and am thinking of adding a few more to my repertoire. What kind of certifications do you have and which ones do you require for your treatment staff. Why did you choose to become certified in those categories?
  20. We have smatterings of it up here, but haven't dealt with it much. I'd assume it would respond well to cut-stump, similar to its cousin burning-bush.
  21. I am curious if anyone has heard much about or dealt with European Spindle Tree. One of my partners has found some on their property and was curious as to what others have done with it or know about it.
  22. I've run into this problem, and as others have said, a foliar treatment has been the solution. Once density allows for it, cut-and-paint is similarly effective and as precise as stem injection.
  23. Hi McKenzi! MDARD maintains a web page where you can find upcoming re-certification credit opportunities, here: http://www.mda.state.mi.us/schedule/schedule.html I hope that helps! -Jo
  24. Hello, Are there any known sources that list potential workshops/ events that offer MDARD re-certification credits? Specifically, I am interested in attending an event that offers category 5 Aquatics between 10/25/19 and 12/30/19. Thank you, McKenzi
  25. Many of our injection sites even the following year were too small for the needle to be of much use. We were able to switch to foliar, and the landowners generally are happy enough that we were coming back to continue treating they didn't seem to mind the change in application. We did do a pretty thorough explanation of why we had to switch, though. Hope you find a similar scenario!
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