Join Us For Our 10th Annual Symposium
Nasty Aquatic Plant & Animal Species: Got ‘em? Get ‘em!
This year’s guest speakers will share information regarding exotic aquatic plant and animal species which are invading our region. Early detection, identification and prompt best management techniques will reduce the negative impacts of these unwelcomed organisms.
Paul Skawinski, Wisconsin Citizen Lake Monitoring Network Educator, will share information about problem aquatic plants that are here now and others that are swimming this way.
Brad Steckart, Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for Washington and Waukesha Counties will tell us about invasive animals lurking in our waters.
We will also present our 9th Annual Sweat Equity Award during the Symposium, which honors outstanding Southeastern Wisconsin citizens and organizations for their significant contributions to prevent, control or eradicate invasive species that harm our region’s lands, waters, and wetlands. Nomination Forms accepted through October 18th.
The symposium is free and open to the public ************ Delicious local refreshments will be served.
Weed Bags, Signs and Field ID Guides will be on sale (cash only). Free gift with purchases of $20 or more!
When: September 30, 2017 (Saturday) 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Where: University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Field Station, 3095 Blue Goose Road, Saukville, Wisconsin 53080
Instructor: Dr. James Reinartz, Director, UWM Field Station is a plant ecologist and evolutionary biologist.
About the Course: Many of us work to control invasive plants in the areas we care about. Take this class to ensure that you are using the most appropriate, efficient, up-to-date, and least environmentally damaging methods in those efforts. This is a hands-on class. After an introduction to the general ecology of the five functional groups of invasive plants (Shrubs, Perennial forbs, Clonal Perennials, Grasses, and Annuals/Biennials), we will discuss, demonstrate and practice all applicable control methods (chemical and non-chemical) for these five plant types. Topics will also include: 1) Identification of our common, and relatively new invaders, 2) Planning and strategy for an effective control program, 3) Use of hand tools and herbicide application methods, 4) Herbicide concentrations, mixing, and safety, 5) Restoration strategies for badly infested sites, and 6) Record keeping. Safe chainsaw use for woody species will be demonstrated only. Several handouts and reference materials will be provided.
Workshop fee: $60.00; Register online today! Available for 0.8 CEU. Not offered for college credit.
Useful materials to bring: The class will include lecture and demonstration, but we will also do some work in the field controlling invasive plants; dress appropriately for that work (long sleeves, long pants, and close-toed shoes). Bring a field notebook, work gloves, and safety glasses if you have them. If you have favorite tools that you use for working on invasive species bring them along and we can compare the efficiency of various methods.