Registration Open – North American Invasive Species Forum – May 9-11, 2017 – Savannah Georgia

Registration is open!   Registration is $200 and includes 3 lunches and 2 dinners.   Early Registration and Hotel Block is available until March 31, 2017.   Optional Field Trips are available on Thursday Afternoon, May 11 – Saturday, May 13.   Space is limited for some trips.

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Texas A&M institute helping find ‘key’ to preserving endangered Florida deer

by Paul Schattenberg and Steve Byrnes, Texas A&M AgriLife

For the past several months, a Texas A&M University System institute has been actively involved in efforts to quash a screwworm outbreak in Florida that has jeopardized an already endangered species, said the director for the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources.

“While there had been no screwworm outbreaks in the U.S. for the past 30 years, one began last July on Big Pine Key, which affected the Key deer population,” said Dr. Roel Lopez, institute director and co-principal investigator for the Key deer study, San Antonio. Continue reading

2017 Annual Imported Fire Ant and Other Invasive Ants Conference

We are pleased to invite you to the 2017 Annual Imported Fire Ant and Other Invasive Ants Conference in Mobile, AL May 16-18, 2017.  The conference will be held at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water Street, Mobile, AL 36602.

Registration is now open.  Early registration fees are $200 per person until 4:45 pm Central Time, April 14, 2017.  After that date, registration fees will be $250 per person.  Registration fees for graduate students and guests are $100 per person.  Registration will include an evening reception Tuesday, May 16, Continental Breakfast Wednesday, May 17 and Thursday, May 18, and lunch on Wednesday, May 17. Continue reading

Getting the Best of Pests – Green Webinar Series – March 15, 2017

The University of Georgia’s Center for Urban Agriculture has developed an online, live, interactive training program that allows individuals to obtain re-certification credits from virtually anywhere. You will need a computer with internet access and speakers.
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University of Florida works with snake hunters to remove invasive pythons

In Southeast Farm Press

The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are working together on unique projects to target Burmese pythons in Florida. Two projects include using detection dogs and Irula tribesmen to help remove pythons from environmentally sensitive areas.

In their first eight days on the job, the Irula tribesmen — world-renowned snake catchers from India — removed 13 pythons, including four on their first visit to Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge on North Key Largo in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Traditionally, the main occupation of the Irula tribe has been catching snakes. They have successfully hunted and captured Indian pythons in their home province of Tamil Nadu. Continue reading

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