Monday, April 11, 2016

Fayetteville Bans 18 Invasive Plants

Fayetteville Bans 18 Invasive Plants (click for article and video)

Several areas of town have been targeted for removal of the offending foliage.

From the Stump: Seeing robins in winter the new norm

I remember when seeing a robin in the winter was an oddity. McCormac told me there is a reason why winter robins are common now, and it's something that is not necessarily good for the birds.

He said all the fruit-bearing, non-native ornamental trees and plants we landscape with cause some robins to stay put instead of migrating far enough south to escape our often-brutal winters.

UGA scientists using $5 million grant to combat invasive weed Johnsongrass

A team of researchers led by faculty at the University of Georgia have received a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to find new ways of combating Johnsongrass, one of the most widespread and troublesome agricultural weeds in the world.

Goodbye Nandina, Hello Spicebush

Goodbye Nandina, Hello Spicebush  (click for article)

Big win for bird-friendly native plants in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County!

Scientists seek to sic microbes on invasive plants

There are tiny, unseeable creatures doing tiny, unseeable things to help people, wildlife and plants all around us. Microbes are everywhere-inside the dirt, on your dog and even in your stomach. And scientists increasingly want to harness their powers for good. One way could be to manage invasive species.

BLM Releases Final Programmatic EIS to Use Three Herbicides on Western Public Lands

Press release from Gina Ramos:

BLM Releases Final Programmatic EIS to Use Three Herbicides on Western Public Lands
Release Date: 04/07/16          
Contacts:                     Lissa Eng        , 202-912-7630            
                            Gina Ramos, 202-912-7226             

As part of ongoing efforts to combat the spread of invasive and noxious weeds that threaten the health and productivity of millions of acres of public lands, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today released the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Final PEIS) that examines the use of three new herbicides that are safer for the environment and human health than those previously used. A notice for the Final PEIS for vegetation treatments using aminopyralid, fluroxypyr, and rimsulfuron on BLM lands in 17 western states, which was published today in the Federal Register, opens a 30-day review period on the document.

"One of the BLM's highest priorities is to promote ecosystem health and one of the greatest obstacles to achieving this goal is the rapid expansion of weeds across public lands," said Mike Pool, acting Deputy Director of the BLM. "The new vegetation treatments will give our public land managers a better set of tools to address wildfire protection, habitation restoration, and other resource issues more effectively."

The Final PEIS assesses three alternative approaches to the use of aminopyralid (known by the trade name Milestone), fluroxypyr (Vista), and rimsulfuron (Matrix), as well as a "No Action" alternative that considers the continued use of 18 previously approved herbicides. The Final PEIS details the expected impacts and benefits from the BLM’s use of herbicides, and provides analysis to determine which herbicides should be approved for use. The Final PEIS addresses public comments on the draft PEIS by providing comment responses and changes to the analysis or supporting documentation, where appropriate.

The Final PEIS addresses a wide range of issues, including the effect of the herbicides on the health of humans, vegetation, fish and wildlife, livestock, and wild horses and burros. It also looks at water quality and Native American use of resources, and evaluates the cumulative impact of use of the new and other herbicides by the BLM and other landowners in the West.

The Notice of Availability of Final Vegetation Treatments Using Aminopyralid, Fluroxypyr, and Rimsulfuron on Bureau of Land Management Lands in 17 Western States Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement is accessible at

The Final PEIS, published in today’s Federal Register, will be available for public review through May 7, 2016. A Record of Decision will be issued following the 30-day review period.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2014, the BLM generated $5.2 billion in receipts from public lands. 


Ecosystem Restoration Projects Generate Jobs and Business Activity in Local, Regional, and National Economies

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Lake Michigan: Lowest catch of trout and salmon since at least 1990 (3/23/16)<>
…."The Lake Michigan fishery continues to change with variability in the forage base due to quagga mussels as well as low numbers of available forage in the lake," said Brad Eggold, southern Lake Michigan fisheries supervisor for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources….
………..“Hopefully we’re going to start in July. We’re behind schedule,” McCain said Friday. “One of the reasons why they’re behind schedule is this quagga mussel that is now moved down out of the Great Lakes and now down the Colorado…….
NE: USGS reports zebra mussel find at Nuclear Power Plant
State: NE
County: Washington
Drainage: Big Papillion-Mosquito (10230006)
Location: Missouri River, inside the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant (R.M. 645.6) More information on this specimen can be found:


BC: Permanent stations to protect B.C. from invasive mussels (3/30/16)<>

KELOWNA – Following a successful pilot program last year, Premier Christy Clark announced a $2 million boost to the province’s invasive mussel defence program that will see eight permanent mussel inspection stations installed at major entry points along B.C.’s borders…..

Related Story: Fight against invasive mussels in B.C. strengthened with funding of new inspection stations (3/30/16)<>

PABLO – An early opening this month for two of the three aquatic invasive species watercraft inspection stations guarding the Flathead “left a hole in our perimeter defense big enough to drive a truck through” on U.S. Highway 93, officials admitted…..

CO: Chatfield Reservoir officials wary of invasive species (3/31/16)<>

Boating season is about to be in full effect at Chatfield Reservoir<!4m2!3m1!1s0x876b7db984ca9651:0x82660ed589c6e3c7?sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj4iNGeoPPLAhUBGpQKHbDmBlkQ8gEIHDAA> for 2016, but much like the past few years, boaters must do their due diligence before getting on the water.  In 2008, Chatfield State Park and the others in the Colorado Parks and Wildlife system began inspecting boats to help prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species, and this year will be no different as a new invasive species — the New Zealand mud snail — was found at the reservoir last year.

NY: Lake George Advocates Support Permanent Boat Inspection Program (3/31/16) <>

For the last two years, all boats entering Lake George have had to meet three requirements: they must be cleaned, drained, and dry. If not, boaters are sent to a washing station free of charge….

MD: Officials hope to keep invasive zebra mussels from reservoirs (3/29/16)                                   <>

….MDNR and DPW are asking boaters to sign affidavits that they will only use their boats in one of the city-owned reservoirs. They advocate boaters clean their boats, too…. [With video]


Boat debris suspected to be from Japan tsunami washes ashore in southern Oregon (3/22/16)<>

….Biologists over the next several days will study and identify algae samples, a living Planes crab and mollusks taken from the boat…..

Proposed EU ban for North American lobsters draws heat from scientists (3/23/16)<>

…..Boris Worm, a marine conservation biologist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, said the onus is on Sweden to justify a move that would weigh heavily on the North American industry. "I've never heard of lobster being invasive anywhere, really," said Worm. "Things get introduced all the time and only a few (marine) species that get introduced actually become invasive, meaning they become a real threat."…


[Note: you may need to register and open a free account to read the article] As international ballast water regulations edge closer, players across the industry are considering a number of challenges, including dock space for ballast treatment system installation, sampling methods, and emissions. When the convention comes into force, internationally trading ships will have to either have an approved ballast water treatment system on board or only call at ports that have ballast water reception facilities. There are a number of reception facilities – IHS Fairplay data reveals that there are 533 ports worldwide, most densely clustered around North America, Europe, and parts of China. However, many ships will be installing ballast water management systems and speaking to IHS Fairplay recently, a spokesman for the Liberian register confirmed that it expects a shortfall of dockage space available for ships to install these systems in 2020. This is based, he said, on an estimated annual dockage space capacity for approximately 6,000 ships and “peaked demand” for 9,500 ships in 2020…..

Related Story: Ballast Water Regulations: A Vessel Owner Dilemma During This Uncertain Time (4/1/16)<>

Calif, Withdrawal: Proposed regulations titled Article 4.8, Biofouling Management to Minimize the Transfer of Nonindigenous Species from Vessels Operating in California Waters (3/23/16)<>

….Pursuant to California Government Code section 11349.3(c), staff of the State Lands Commission expects to republish and commence a new 45-day public comment period in May 2016. Stakeholders and interested parties will be notified on the commencement of that new public comment period…..

Go HERE<> for further information on CSLC’s California Marine Invasive Species Program

IMO-GloBallast R&D Forum on Ballast Water Management highlights solutions (3/31/16)<>

…..Some 140 participants from IMO Member States, academia, private sector, testing facilities and the maritime technology industry were meeting at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada, for the 6th Global Environment Facility (GEF)-United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-IMO GloBallast R&D Forum and Exhibition on Ballast Water Management (16-18 March 2016), under the banner “Ballast Water Management Convention – moving towards implementation”…..


Abundance Trends, Distribution, and Habitat Associations of the Invasive Mississippi Silverside<>
(Menidia audens) in the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta, California (2016)<>

Although many alien fish species have colonized the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta (Delta), few are as pervasive and abundant as Mississippi Silversides (Menidia audens). Moreover, Mississippi Silversides are hypothesized to be an intra-guild predator of the endangered Delta Smelt (Hypomesus transpacificus). Because of their prevalence in the Delta and potential predation on Delta Smelt, Mississippi Silversides may have far-reaching effects on both the aquatic ecosystem and conservation management policies of the region. Yet little is known about how Mississippi Silverside abundance and distribution have changed within the Delta, or how they respond to various habitat attributes such as temperature, turbidity, and flow. We examined 19 years of beach seine survey data to evaluate how the abundance and distribution of Mississippi Silversides has changed over the years, characterize their habitat associations, and determine the environmental factors that predict their annual cohort strength.….

MENASHA - Generations of boaters have passed through the Menasha lock since it opened in 1856 as the gateway between Lake Winnebago and the lower Fox River. In the past five years, 9,565 boats and 36,749 passengers traveled through the lock, according to records kept by the Fox River Navigational System Authority (FRNSA). The boat traffic and the business it brings are now in jeopardy. The lock was closed indefinitely in September by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to prevent round gobies, an invasive species, from reaching the Lake Winnebago System. It will remain closed for the start of the 2016 boating season, if not for the entire season and beyond….

FL: Catch nonnative freshwater fish, get the chance to win prizes (4/1/16)<>

Want the opportunity to win prizes while helping to document and remove nonnative freshwater fish from Florida’s waters? Consider participating in the second statewide Nonnative Fish Catch, Click and Report Contest, coordinated by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and partners. The 2016 contest kicks off at 6 a.m. on April 1 and runs until midnight on April 30…….

AK: Fish and Game targets Soldotna Creek for summer pike eradication (3/24/16) <>

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is preparing to move forward in the second phase of a project to eradicate the invasive northern pike from Kenai ….

The New Mexico Game and Fish Department wants to use a pesticide that some scientists say could pose health risks for humans and other species to help re-establish the native Gila trout population in waterways in the Gila National Forest. The trout were wiped out by a massive 2012 wildfire…..

Female reproductive biology of an exotic suckermouth armored catfish (Loricariidae) in the San Marcos River, Hays Co., Texas, with observations on environmental triggers (3/29/16)<>

Invasive populations of suckermouth catfishes (Loricariidae) are native to Central and South America, but have become established in US and Mexican waters since the 1950’s and have been reported to have negative impacts on North American freshwater ecosystems. Two genera of loricariids have been reported from Texas waters (Hypostomus spp. and Pterygoplichthys spp.), both of which have become established in aquatic ecosystems where there are warm-water refugia, or suitable and seasonally stable temperatures. In an effort to better understand the invasive dynamics of these loricariids in novel ecosystems, aspects of their reproductive biology such as fecundity, seasonality of spawning activity, and spawning frequency of the individual fish were studied for Hypostomus cf. niceforoi living in the spring-fed San Marcos River, Texas. Fecundity was similar to Hypostomus spp. in the native range. There did not appear to be any synchronicity of spawning between individual fish within the invasive population, and there was a hint in the oocyte size-frequency data that some of the fish may be spawning multiple times per year….

AQUACULTURE False Claims about ‘Frankenfish’ (3/23/16)<>

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she opposes federal approval of genetically engineered salmon “for the health of both consumers and fisheries.”<> But there is no scientific evidence that suggests GE salmon will pose a significant risk to either. Murkowski claims GE salmon may “interbreed with the wild stocks, and thus perhaps destroy them.” But GE salmon have been rendered sterile — meaning they can’t interbreed with wild salmon stocks. Geographic and physical confinement measures also limit the likelihood that the GE fish will escape and survive…..

Lawsuit Challenges FDA’s Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon (3/31/16)<>

San Francisco, CA — A broad coalition of environmental, consumer, and commercial and recreational fishing organizations yesterday sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration<> (FDA) for approving the first-ever genetically engineered (GE) food animal, an Atlantic salmon engineered to grow quickly. The man-made salmon was created by AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. with DNA from three fish: Atlantic salmon, Pacific king salmon, and Arctic ocean eelpout. This marks the first time any government in the world has approved a GE animal for commercial sale and consumption…….


Lake Invaders: Invasive Species and the Battle for the Future of the Great Lakes (Great Lakes Books Series) (4/4/16)<>

There are more than 180 exotic species in the Great Lakes. Some, such as green algae, the Asian tapeworm, and the suckermouth minnow, have had little or no impact so far. But a handful of others-sea lamprey, alewife, round goby, quagga mussel, zebra mussel, Eurasian watermilfoil, spiny water flea, and rusty crayfish-have conducted an all-out assault on the Great Lakes and are winning the battle. In Lake Invaders: Invasive Species and the Battle for the Future of the Great Lakes, William Rapai focuses on the impact of these invasives. Chapters delve into the ecological and economic damage that has occurred and is still occurring and explore educational efforts and policies designed to prevent new introductions into the Great Lakes.

Alien species as a driver of recent extinctions (2/17/16)<>

We assessed the prevalence of alien species as a driver of recent extinctions in five major taxa (plants, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals), using data from the IUCN Red List. Our results show that alien species are the second most common threat associated with species that have gone completely extinct from these taxa since AD 1500. Aliens are the most common threat associated with extinctions in three of the five taxa analysed, and for vertebrate extinctions overall….[Full article = $$$$]

California Is Finally Enjoying Some Rainfall—and So Are Its Invasive Species (3/31/16)<>

The much-needed El NiƱo downpours might be helping exotic snakes, insects, and plants spread into new area……

Efficacy of Commercially Available Quaternary Ammonium Compounds for Controlling New<> Zealand Mudsnails Potamopyrgus antipodarum  (3/22/2016)<>

The New Zealand mudsnail Potamopyrgus antipodarum is an invasive species that can be transported to and established in new bodies of water on gear used by aquatic professionals, anglers, and aquatic recreationists. Sparquat 256, a standard disinfectant for controlling the spread of mudsnails, was recently discontinued by the manufacturer. Our objective was to find an industrial-strength, commercially available quaternary ammonium compound (QAC) that could replace Sparquat 256 for disinfection purposes. The efficacy of three products—Quat 4, Green Solutions High Dilutions Disinfectant 256 (GS 256), and Super HDQ Neutral (Super HDQ)—were tested using bath disinfection at multiple concentrations and exposure durations. For bath disinfection purposes, GS 256 and Super HDQ were the most effective. Super HDQ caused higher mortality rates at 48 h postexposure and was therefore tested and found to be highly effective for spray disinfection to prevent transporting mudsnails on field equipment. Regardless of the QAC chosen, we recommend a bath disinfection rate of 0.4% and a spray disinfection rate of 0.8% QACs in solution with an exposure duration of 10 min. These concentrations meet or exceed minimum effective disinfection requirements for quagga mussels Dreissena rostriformis bugensis, zebra mussels Dreissena polymorpha, whirling disease Myxobolus cerebralis, and chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. [Full article = $$$]

No new confirmed aquatic invasive species in Great Lakes for 10 years (3/27/16)<>

…“It’s really remarkable considering what had been happening,” said Doug Jensen, aquatic invasive species expert for Minnesota Sea Grant in Duluth. “I don’t think it’s luck. There are a lot of (scientists for multiple agencies) out looking, especially in the Duluth-Superior harbor, that I’m pretty confident that if something new was established here, they would have found it.”…

Montana Invasive Species Assessment Results Now Available (March 2016)<>

In 2015, the Montana Invasive Species Council contracted with Creative Resource Strategies, LLC to conduct an assessment and gap analysis of Montana’s invasive species programs. This report documents the outcomes of that assessment and analysis, and includes an articulation of key gaps as well as a set of recommendations to refine strategies and approaches, and increase efficiencies to address invasive species. It is important to recognize that the information from survey respondents represents a snapshot in time—the 2015 fiscal year—for each contributing entity. In addition, the information obtained from survey respondents was, in numerous cases, incomplete, and in some cases, not accurate. Nevertheless, the information obtained is of value to identify gaps and inform a set of recommendations. Information in this report will serve to inform discussion at the April 12–13, 2016, invasive species summit in Helena, Montana<>. The summit will engage invasive species managers, county leaders, local governments, tribal sovereign nations, private landowners, lake association members, conservation districts, angling groups, researchers, educators, and others to develop a shared invasive species framework for the state. Creating this shared vision is intended to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of invasive species efforts, which is critical given finite and limited financial and personnel resources.

International researchers, including University of Otago zoologist Prof Phil Seddon, have highlighted the effectiveness of New Zealand moves to save endangered species by protecting them on predator-free offshore island. The research study<> was recently published in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…..


Invasive English ivy: Don't hate it, weave it into a basket (3/23/16)<>

…."My dream is for everyone in Portland to weave a grocery basket out of invasive species" to reduce paper, plastic and ivy, he says……

Calif: Invasive weed all but eliminated from Marin after 12-year effort (3/25/16)<>

…………The aim of the state Coastal Conservancy’s San Francisco Estuary Invasive Spartina Project<> is to eradicate the weed to protect the long-term health of the native marsh ecosystem and to restore the habitats that have been affected throughout the Bay Area…………

BC: Study detects invasive Eurasian Milfoil in Lake Revelstoke, no invasive mussels (3/31/16)<>

Study confirms Eurasian Milfoil found in Lake Revelstoke at Martha Creek, but no Quagga or Zebra mussels detected in local or B.C. lakes yet…..

Physical Controls on the Distribution of the Submersed Aquatic Weed Egeria densa in the<>
Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta and Implications for Habitat Restoration (2016)<>

The invasive aquatic plant Egeria densa (Brazilian waterweed) is a submersed aquatic plant that has expanded its distribution in both its native and introduced range. Because the plant grows so densely, it can become a problem for management of waterways and habitat restoration projects. It is difficult to remove once established and mechanical and chemical controls have shown limited effectiveness. Here we analyze the distribution of E. densa in the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta (the Delta) of California, USA, using environmental variables that include mean water velocity, mean water turbidity, and water column depth. We found that increasing water column depth strongly limited E. densa occurrence, especially when depth at mean lower low water (MLLW) exceeds 2 m. The highest probability of occurrence occurred at locations with a water column depth of −1 to 2 m at MLLW. Turbidity had a reliably negative effect on E. densa occurrence; as water clarity has increased in the Delta, it has likely favored the spread of the plant. Neither mean water velocity nor maximum water velocity had a reliable effect on E. densa probability, in spite of scientific and observational evidence that it is sensitive to flows. These results suggest potentially serious problems with restoration projects that emphasize shallow water habitat in the range favored by E. densa. Without some way to manage spread of the plant—through spraying, sediment loading, or gating—channels in such projects are at risk of being taken over by E. densa. However, these results should be interpreted in light of the fact that water outflow in water year 2008 was very low, and that E. densa abundance may be partially controlled by higher water flows than those considered here.



Import Prohibitions and Requirements for Commercial Importers of Aquatic Species and for Travellers Under the Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations --Memorandum D19-8-5 (3/23/16)<>

In Brief

1. This memorandum advises importers, travellers, customs brokers and service providers of the import prohibitions and requirements under the Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations<>, (SOR/2015-121), which have been in effect since May 29, 2015.
2. The import prohibitions in the Regulations are intended to prevent the introduction into Canada of listed aquatic invasive species.


Washington Invasive Species Council Reauthorization Vetoed (3/10/16) Reauthorized!! (4/4/16)

On 3/10 Governor Inslee vetoed SB 6162<> (HB 2331) which would have reauthorized and extended the Washington Invasive Species Council (WISC) and the Invasive Species Account to 2022. SB 6162 passed 49-0 and HB 2331 passed 96-1. The expiration of WISC is currently set for 2017. The Legislature first established the Invasive Species Council in 2006 to help minimize the effects of harmful invasive species, serve as a forum for identifying and understanding the issues involving invasive species, facilitate joint planning and cooperation, educate the public, and provide policy advice to the Legislature. The Invasive Species Account is used to carry out the purposes of the Council.

The WISC bill veto was a result of Governor’s threat to veto the bills that were on his desk if the Legislature did not pass a budget by sine die – and he made good on that threat by vetoing 27 of the 37 bills (all Senate bills). Unfortunately, the invasives bill was one of the 27. Go HERE <>  for further background.

NOW WHAT: The WISC has one more year to get the 5-year extension. There may be a chance still to pass the reauthorization in the special session (the House version 2331 could be resurrected), but this is uncertain at best.

!!!UPDATE!!! --  SB 6162<>  was “rescued” late last week in the special session and passed unanimously.

            2016 1ST SPECIAL SESSION
IN THE SENATE Mar 28      On motion, Governor's veto overridden; yeas, 43; nays, 0; absent, 0; excused, 6. (View Roll Calls)
IN THE HOUSE Mar 29       On motion, Governor's veto overridden; yeas, 85; nays, 9;   absent, 0; excused, 4. (View Roll Calls)
                                               Filed with Secretary of State.


Rep. Gosar Leads Multiple Appropriations Requests to Combat Invasive Species (4/1/16)<>

“The economic livelihood of countless rural communities throughout western states depends on the proper management of wildlife and invasive species. Arizona has some significant challenges when it comes to burros, tamarisk and quagga mussels. It is absolutely critical that there is coordination between federal, state and local stakeholders as well as the necessary resources in order to meet these unique challenges. It is up to the House of Representatives to ensure western priorities are addressed and I’m proud to lead these efforts for Arizona’s communities.”

Interior approves $1.4M in grants for Northern Mariana Islands (3/28/16)<>

“I am pleased to support Gov. Ralph Torres and the people of the Northern Marianas in a variety of projects that impact quality of life issues, promote government efficiency, and improve climate change adaptation and invasive species coordination.”



The Montana Invasive Species Advisory Council<> (MISAC) is hosting an Invasive Species Summit April 12-13, 2016, at the Gateway Center in Helena. The event is intended to engage stakeholders in an in-depth dialogue and examination of prevention, detection, rapid response, and management of invasive species in Montana. For further information contact Stephanie Hester,<>.

ICAIS: 19th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species<> Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; April 10-14, 2016.

The Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society<> Marine & Freshwater Invasive Species Ecology, Impact and Management, Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 2-4, 2016.

14th Ballast Water Management Conference:<> Date: 4th May 2016 - 5th May 2016 Location: Baltimore - MD - USA

ANS Task Force, National Meeting, May 4-6, 2016, Traverse City, Michigan<>

100th Meridian Initiative’s Columbia River Basin Team:  May 24 & 25, Spokane, Washington.


15th Ballast Water Management Summit Date: <> 13th July 2016 - 14th July 2016 Location: Singapore

PNWER<> 26th Annual Summit – July 17-21 Calgary, AB



The Northern Rockies Invasive Plants Council<> is holding a conference October 17-20, 2016, in Boise, ID.

36th Annual Symposium of the North American Lake Management Society November<> 1 - 4, 2016; Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Canada. The Call for Abstracts is Now Open!  Submission Deadline: May 6, 2016. Click here for details.<>

Past issues of AIS NEWS can be found @   under the “News” tab.

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Portland, Oregon 97202
Fax: 503 595-3232

International Migratory Bird Day Info for 2016

Hi All,

As many of you know, 2016 is the centennial celebration of the Migratory Bird Treaty. Yes, that's right... 100 years of bird conservation in action, so there'll be a lot of bird-related hype in the conservation community this year, and lots of International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) celebrations on and around Saturday, May 14.

Because it's never too early to start planning for spring, here's some info you can include (or use as is) in any announcements or articles you may develop if you're thinking of hosting an IMBD celebration. USFWS also will have multiple resources available for your use at NESTBOX (  

So, help get the word out and join the celebration!

43rd Natural Areas Conference


The annual Natural Areas Conference is one of the nation’s premier gatherings of conservation and resource management professionals, educators and scientists, and the annual gathering of Natural Area Association members.

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing conservation professionals. This event will feature strategies and tactics that resource and natural areas managers can employ to prepare for and respond to climate change on the ground. Find out more about our session topics.

Plenary Session Speakers

We’ve secured some of the world’s top applied ecologists and environmental researchers to speak during our two-day plenary session.

Tuesday, October 18
  • Chris Swanston, research ecologist, U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, director of Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, and editor of Forest adaptation resources, speaking on “Climate Change Tools and Approaches for Land Managers.”
  • Healy Hamilton, chief scientist, NatureServe, ex-director California Academy of Sciences Center for Applied Biodiversity Informatics
  • California case studies:
    • Southern California Coast/Small Scale: Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge. Highly urban area threatened by sea-level rise and human impacts.
    • North Bay Area and North Coast Ranges/Medium Scale: Pepperwood Preserve and partners. Working across jurisdictional boundaries to manage for climate change in a patchy landscape.
    • Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion/Large Scale: Western Klamath Restoration Partnership (WKRP). Large-scale restoration to enhance resilience of forest and human communities.
    • Sierra Nevada/Very Large Scale: Sierra Cascades All-Lands Enhancement (SCALE), Sierra Nevada Conservancy Watershed Improvement Program (WIP) and partners. Stitching together multiple large-landscape efforts to make meaningful progress toward ecosystem resilience and provision of ecosystem services.

Wednesday, October 19

Symposium: Reconciling Restoration with Environmental Change  
  • Greg Aplet, The Wilderness Society
  • James Aronson, Center for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology (CNRS)
  • Valerie Eviner, University of California, Davis
  • Don Falk, University of Arizona
  • Richard Hobbs, University of Western Australia
  • John Wiens, Oregon State University and University of Western Australia, ex-chief scientist The Nature Conservancy

Call for Papers & Posters
We are inviting submission of oral presentations (20 minutes max, PowerPoint only), poster presentations (poster session will be Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.  w/ posters no larger than 4 × 4 ft.), and student presentations (enroll during the abstract submission process) on these topics related to the overall conference theme, Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Areas Management: Turning Words To Action. All presenters must register for the Conference. Abstracts are due by May 2.

Attention Students: we offer special registration rates and the opportunity to room share at the conference. You can also enter the presentation competition for cash prizes, and contact Jodi Vandermyde about applying for John W. Humke Student Scholarship.
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Davis, California

This year's conference will be in Davis, California at the University of California, Davis campus conference center.

UC Davis is the nation's top agricultural university, one of the finest ecological research institutions in the world, and features a 100-acre on-campus Arboretum.

The City of Davis is a leader in urban sustainability, and calls itself the most bicycle-friendly town in the world. It is only an hour from San Francisco, Napa Valley and the Sierra Nevada.

Find out more about how much there is to do in Davis. Bike rentals will be available for attendees!

Be a Sponsor for the Natural Areas Conference

The Natural Areas Conference is the most significant annual gathering of natural resource practitioners in the U.S., with a regular attendance of 350-400.

By taking advantage of our sponsorship opportunities, you can demonstrate your commitment to natural areas professionals as well as showcase your activities, services and products to your target audience, all while building relationships and supporting our critical mission. Find out more about our sponsorship opportunities or contact

And thanks to sponsors of our conference

Bureau of Land Management · California Landscape Conservation Cooperative · CalFire · The Nature Conservancy, California · Sierra Pacific Industries
· Southwest Climate Science Center · Cleveland Museum of Natural History
· Western Wildland Environmental Threat Assessment Center
· U.S.D.A. Climate Hub · Sierra Nevada Conservancy
· Conservation Biology Institute · Wilburforce Foundation

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