New Zealand works towards eradication of invasive species by 2050

New Zealand is on its way to being invasive species-free, using a combination of traditional and high-tech eradication methods.

The battle started in the 1960s, when residents of an island off New Zealand eradicated rats from the island. Now New Zealand citizens are going after brushtail possums and stoats, along with three species of rat that have invaded the country. The eradication order is a tall one: to be free of invasive predators by 2050. Continue reading

Three weeks left to sign up for Online Invasive Species Training Courses

Are you an on-the-ground invasive species manager or other invasive species specialist? Do you need additional training to be more effective at your job?

The North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) is offering a unique college-level online professional development program to train Invasive Species Field Specialists. The program provides a comprehensive introduction to all aspects of Invasive Species Management – including strategies and methods for Prevention, Early Detection and Rapid Response, and Control.Courses will provide the most current invasive species identification, control, and management techniques and comply with local and federal regulations. Continue reading

Webinar on Ensuring Crop Pollination in US Specialty Crops starts Jan. 24

This webinar series will provide an overview of pollination requirements and strategies to ensure pollination of different specialty crops. Farmers and gardeners rely on crop pollinators, including honey bees, alternative managed bees like the blue orchard bee, and wild bees. Pollination experts will discuss how to support these pollinators on almond, blueberry, tree fruit, pumpkin, and watermelon farms. Learn how to connect to the webinar series via the Bee Health page on eXtension.org.