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Stop Brown Mamorated Stink Bug.

This initiative includes more than 50 researchers from 10 institutions across the U.S. working together on this project team. The team of researchers has mobilized to form a defense against the invasive pest brown marmorated stink bug. The project team is working to find management solutions for growers, seeking strategies that will protect our food, our environment, and our farms.

* See our Species Profile - Brown Mamorated Stink Bug page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Oct 16, 2012


ScienceDaily; Oregon State University.

A survey of teachers from the United States and Canada found that one out of four educators who used live animals as part of their science curriculum released the organisms into the wild after they were done using them in the classroom. Also see Reducing the Risk of Introducing or Spreading Nonindigenous Plants, Animals, and Microorganisms through Science and Engineering Fair Projects (PDF | 331 KB).

Invader of the Month (Aug 2012): Classroom Pets and Projects
Maryland Invasive Species Council.
Keep, don't release! Whether it's something you acquired from school or the fair, keep it or rehome it, but don't release it into the wild. Past science projects can make fascinating pets. If you can't keep it, humanely dispose of it rather than release it.

* See our Pathways section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 27, 2012


USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

The Mexican fruit fly is a significant quarantine pest that could inflict billions of dollars in losses to citrus, peach, pears, avocado and other crops if it moved from Mexico into the U.S. A new treatment developed by ARS and cooperating scientists makes sterile male Mexican fruit flies more macho so they will out compete wild males to mate with female Mexican fruit flies.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 27, 2012


Oregon State University News.

A team at Oregon State University has developed a statistical model that aims to predict which non-native species might become invaders - and arm resource managers to prevent their spread. the project includes two essential elements for identifying invasive species: how they travel to non-native locations, and whether they could survive and thrive in the new environment. The model also calculates the economic impacts involved in managing the invasive species. Sam Chan, Oregon Sea Grant's invasive species specialist, said the model could be beneficial to resource managers. "If we had had this model in 2009 we could have shown that the city of Olympia, Wash., is a high-risk spot for New Zealand mud snails," said Chan.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 26, 2012


National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

Wildlife officials in three Northwest states (Idaho, Oregon, Washington) are intensifying their battle against wild swine by launching a campaign urging hunters, anglers, hikers and others to report any feral pig sighting on a public hotline. To report sightings or suspected sightings of feral swine in Washington, Idaho or Oregon, call toll-free 888-268-9219.

* See our Washington or Idaho or Oregon state resources pages for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 26, 2012


Wildlife Society.

See cover story "The Ripple Effect of Invasive Species" and other articles related to invasive species issues. Wildlife Professional includes news and analysis designed to keep wildlife professionals informed about critical advances in wildlife science, conservation, management, and policy.

* See our Resource Library section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 26, 2012


South Florida Water Management District.

For invasive species related information, see Volume 1, Chapter 7: Status of Nonindigenous Species (PDF | 1.9 MB).

* See our Florida state resource page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 25, 2012


Hawai'i Department of Transportation. Highways Division.

This Strategic Plan describes Highway Statewide Noxious Invasive Pest Program (SNIPP). In July 2009, Hawai'i Department of Transportation worked with federal, state, county and nongovernment stakeholders to formulate the program's objectives and tasks to address the problem of invasive species. Implementation of the plan will provide the Department with the means to mitigate the introduction, spread and impact of invasive species along Hawai'i State roads.

* See our Hawaii state resource page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 25, 2012


National Invasive Species Awareness Week.

A broad coalition of stakeholders will gather to spotlight harmful invasive species that cause a multibillion-dollar annual drain on our nation's economy. A week of activities, briefings, and events in Washington D.C. highlighted what is being done across the nation and around the world to stop and slow the spread of invasive species.

* See our News and Events section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 20, 2012


DOI. Bureau of Reclamation.

The Bureau of Reclamation has found that silicone foul release coatings may be an important tool for mitigating invasive quagga and zebra mussels' impacts to water and hydropower infrastructure. See the Reclamation's Quagga and Zebra Mussel Web site for more information.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 20, 2012


Environmental Protection Agency.

The U.S. and Canada signed an accord to protect the Great Lakes, the world's largest freshwater system. The agreement, last updated in 1987, addresses critical health issues in the Great Lakes region and is a model of binational cooperation to protect water quality. The two governments began negotiations in 2009 to strengthen the agreement. New provisions address the nearshore environment, aquatic invasive species, habitat degradation, and the effects of climate change.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 20, 2012


Environment Canada.

The U.S. and Canada signed an accord to protect the Great Lakes, the world's largest freshwater system. The agreement, last updated in 1987, addresses critical health issues in the Great Lakes region and is a model of binational cooperation to protect water quality. See Great Lakes from Environment Canada for more information.

* See our Canada page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 20, 2012


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

12th Annual NAPPC International Conference -- Oct 17-19, 2012

Habitat Council's 24th Annual Symposium: Working For a Greener World -- Nov 7-8, 2012

Eighth Meeting of the Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases -- Nov 13, 2012

Partners in Community Forestry National Conference -- Nov 14-15, 2012

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting -- Nov 14-15, 2012

Partners in Environmental Technology Technical Symposium & Workshop -- Nov 27-29, 2012
Meeting has been canceled. Due to the recent changes across the Federal government on sponsoring meetings, SERDP and ESTCP unfortunately are unable to support this year symposium.

2012 Western Weed Coordinating Committee’s Annual Meeting -- Nov 27-29, 2012

River Crossings: Linking River Communities - A Research Conference and Workshop -- Mar 11-15, 2013

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 20, 2012


USDA. FS. Northern Research Station.

Read a research brief from the International Organization for Biological Control Nearctic Regional Section Newsletter. 34(1): 5. [Abstract].

* See our Animals - Control Mechanisms page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 18, 2012


Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Department of Agricultural Resources have announced that the emerald ash borer (EAB) has been detected in Massachusetts. The destructive beetle was detected in the western Massachusetts Town of Dalton on Aug 31, 2012, and was confirmed by federal officials on Sep 6. Massachusetts is the 18th state in the country to detect EAB.

* See our Emerging Issues section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 18, 2012


Arizona Game and Fish Department.

Arizona's State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) revision guiding wildlife conservation for 2012-2022 was recently approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The plan's revision considers many of the changes that Arizona and its wildlife have experienced since the original plan was created in 2006. Some of the more significant changes that impact wildlife conservation and were addressed in the plan include the state's above-average human population growth; increasing demand for renewable energy sources; emergence of new wildlife diseases; and, the growing number of new invasive species.

* See our Arizona state resource page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Sep 18, 2012


USDA. NAL. National Invasive Species Information Center.

142nd Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society -- Aug 19-23, 2012

International Joint Commission Meeting -- Sep 10, 2012

2012 Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting -- Sep 10-11, 2012

Great Lakes Week 2012: Taking Action, Delivering Results -- Sep 10-13, 2012

8th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference -- Sep 11-13, 2012

61st North Central Forest Pest Workshop - Invasive Species - What's Next? -- Sep 24-27, 2012

1st International Symposium on Horticultural Insects Management -- Nov 19-22, 2012

* See our Conference Calendar for more information and resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 30, 2012


Northeastern IPM Center.

Researchers believe they have identified where brown marmorated stink bug gathers in natural landscapes during winter, and their findings could help farmers manage this invasive insect.

* See our Species Profile - Brown Marmorated Stink Bug page for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 30, 2012


Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.

A Chinese mitten crab was recently found in Connecticut waters. This is the first confirmed report of this highly invasive crab in Connecticut waters. In late June, the crab was collected from the Mianus Pond fishway on the Mianus River. Individuals finding a crab that they suspect to be a Chinese mitten crab should keep the crab on ice or freeze it (please do not release the crab), note the exact location it was found and report it to officials.

* See our Emerging Issues section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 28, 2012


West Nile Virus Update (Aug 21, 2012)

DHHS. CDC. Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases.

CDC officials report there has been an increase in the number of West Nile virus cases. There have been more than 1,100 cases in the U.S., with about half in Texas. This is the highest number of West Nile virus infections reported through the third week of August since the virus was first detected in the U.S. in 1999. See West Nile Virus - Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

* See our In the News section for more information and additional resources.

 
Post Date: Aug 23, 2012


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