Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Heartland CISMA: 9/8 steering committee meeting, 9/22 aquatic workshop, opportunities to help with research, job opportunity, annual workshop talks posted, MORE!

Hi all,  14 items, including three from the Heartland CISMA, other events and info. Remember to like and follow us on Facebook (HeartlandCISMA), Twitter (@heartlandcisma), and now Instagram (Heartlandcisma) thanks to Brendan Myers!




1)      Why invasive species matter on August 17th- Wildlife Wednesdays Webinar by Shannon Carnevale- see attached 16_Pinellas… pdf for more details.


2)      Florida sedge identification workshop August 30 & 31- at Fern Forest Nature Center in Coconut Creek, Florida (Broward County). See attached announcement.The goal of this workshop is to give participants the skills needed to identify members of the sedge family (Cyperaceae).  The class will be designed to help participants recognize patterns in the sedge family, allowing for quicker recognition in the field and easier use of diagnostic keys.  Emphases will be placed on wetland sedges, invasive species, and endangered species.


3)      The next Heartland CISMA steering committee meeting is Thursday, September 8th, 10am-noon at Circle B, and you are invited!- Attached are the notes from the June 7th meeting, where you can see all the great work and even brainier new ideas we came up with. At this meeting, Greg Jubinsky of FNAI will be meeting with us to talk about the priority EDRR list and the idea of trying a new way of prioritizing control species in the Heartland CISMA. It will end at noon. We want your practical, creative, analytical minds there. All are welcome and there is no obligation when you attend. Put it on your calendar now!


4)      Save the date of Thursday, September 22nd for an aquatic workshop  Shannon Carnevale is planning an aquatic workshop at Circle B Bar Reserve with topics including dealing with Old World climbing fern in wet areas, exotic fish ID and update, field identification, and an aquatic garden of evil for identification on the porch. The Eventbrite sign-up will be available soon, so save the date!


5)      Pesticide exam in Bartow next on September 12th- Testing starts promptly at 9:00am FAQ Fact Sheet (863) 519-1049 Map Instructions to register to take exam on computer


6)      "National Invasive Species Awareness Week: In the Capitol" is officially set for Feb 26th 2017 thru March 4th-  In the past, this week has included a variety of activities, including; a weeklong national webinar series, a large amount of activity in DC to reach out to national level legislators, educational events with the Smithsonian, on the ground events in warmer states (especially Florida), and state capitol and states' legislature related outreach. The planning group is also currently exploring "National Invasive Species Awareness Week: In the Field" for either May or June in 2017, which will better suit non-tropical states and territories that wish to have public outdoor events. The dates for that are not yet set, but the concept is pretty well agreed upon by the group.Please refer to http://www.nisaw.org/ for more information.




7)      Whitefly alert  Attached is information about a whitefly alert from southeast Florida.





8)      Got Old World Climbing Fern on your land? Do you want to help us figure out how to more effectively remove it? If so, keep reading!

Who: Dr. Stephen Enloe, Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, at the University of Florida (sfenloe@ufl.edu)

What: Needs heavily infested sites for Old world climbing fern biology, ecology, and control research.

Where: On public or private lands scattered throughout south and central Florida. Sites can range from 0.10 acres to several acres in size, on uplands, wetlands, swamps, tree islands, roadsides, sand mines and more.

When: Initial studies would begin as early as August 2016 and might run for 12 months initially. Additional studies would run for 12-24 months.  This is a five year project that will incorporate many sites during that time period.

Why: Because we need to conduct research to advance Lygodium microphyllum management in Florida. We need new tools, techniques, and a better understanding of this invasive threat in Florida.

How: Studies will be conducted with grit, determination, blood, sweat, tears, fire herbicides, biocontrols, and more.


9)      Help with invasives research. A new faculty member of the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation is examining the effects of fire on invasive and coexisting native species. The goal of this research is to help land managers find simple, cost effective ways of reducing populations of exotic plants without harming native plants. She is looking for sites to do this research. She is hoping to have the sites within an hour of Gainesville, FL. However if the site is perfect it will be worth the extra travel. If you have any suggestions please contact  Raelene Crandall at raecrandall@gmail.com.


10)   Help with Tephrosia virginiana research. Clemson graduate student Jason Paul Jones is looking to obtain seed from the herbaceous plant Tephrosia virginiana_(Fabaceae), sometimes referred to as Virginia Goat's Rue.  He would very much appreciate any information you can share regarding locations of naturally occurring populations that I may be able to collect from, existing seed collections, people willing to collect seed, or other contacts. He is focusing on collecting from within and around the historical range of Pinus palustris (Pinaceae), Longleaf Pine, roughly the area from Florida west to Texas and from Oklahoma east to Virginia.  He will use the seed in a population genomics project aimed at characterizing this plant's population structure, and establishing seed zones for use in restoration. If you can help, contact Jason Paul Joines at joines@clemson.edu




11)   Prescribed Fire & Habitat Restoration Team Member (FFT2). Full-time, year-round with benefits. JOB DESCRIPTION AND APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS




12)   Monthly CISMA Online meeting-  Wednesday, August 24th at 1:30pm. Email Rose Godfrey at coordinator@floridainvasives.org if you need to know how to log in or call in. Always 1 hour of great information! This month's agenda:

·         CISMA Update: Six Rivers CISMA Rick O'Conner

·         Florida's Non-Native Fishes Jeff Hill

For presentations from previous calls: http://www.floridainvasives.org/cismacalls.html



13)   2016 Central Florida Invasive Species Workshop talk pdfs now posted! If you were there, you know it was great. If you weren't, check it out: http://www.floridainvasives.org/Heartland/Projects.html


14)   An interesting read: http://undark.org/2016/07/01/missouri-manages-hogs-hunters/ "The cobra effect is a well known term in behavioral economics, referring to an anecdote from British colonial rule in India. The story says that a British governor, wanting to eliminate the cobra population in Dehli, declared a bounty for each dead snake. To his horror, illegal cobra breeders began popping up all over the city — raising the snakes, then killing them and collecting the money. Realizing his mistake, the governor ended the bounty in order to stop the breeders, which caused them to release their now worthless animals into the city, exponentially increasing Delhi's cobra problem … And now there's the rather fascinating example of feral pig population management in the state of Missouri."


Cheryl Millett

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