NotMISpecies webinar series returns in January

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Dec. 18, 2020

Contact: Joanne Foreman, 517-284-5814

NotMISpecies webinar series returns in January

Register now for free sessions exploring efforts to combat invasive species

Registration is now open for new sessions of the Michigan Invasive Species Program’s NotMISpecies webinar series, exploring efforts across the state to prevent and control harmful land and water invaders.

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The live, monthly series features people on the front lines of invasive species response, sharing their work with non-native species that pose a threat to Michigan’s environment, economy and, sometimes, human health. A question-and-answer period follows each presentation.

The series returns at 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 22, with “Hemlock Rescue,” a look at the labor-intensive effort to inventory and treat eastern hemlock trees infested with hemlock woolly adelgid.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 9 a.m., “Ahoy, Boaters!” considers the relationship between recreational boating and the spread of aquatic invasive species and explores activities and resources available through Clean Boats, Clean Waters and MI Paddle Stewards – two programs helping boaters and lake associations identify invasives and prevent their spread.

“Why Spotted Lanternfly?” (9 a.m. Thursday, March 25) focuses on the threat posed by one of the newest invasive pests on Michigan’s watch list. Learn about how Michigan works in concert with other states and the federal government to determine which species are real threats and to prepare for their potential arrival.

A man in waders in a pond by a rowboat

Tuesday, April 20, at 9 a.m., “Not in MI Waters” dives into the world of technicians and biologists responding to new aquatic invasive plant detections. Find out how they are using the science of early detection and response to control European frog-bit, parrot feather and other recently introduced species.

Michigan’s Invasive Species Program, a collaborative effort of the departments of Natural Resources; Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; and Agriculture and Rural Development, coordinates and supports invasive species initiatives across the state and provides support through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program.

More information on the NotMISpecies series, including registration links and recorded versions of previous webinars, is available at

Michigan's Invasive Species Program is cooperatively implemented by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, the Department of Natural Resources, and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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Survey: EGLE's Bill Keiper assesses the growth of invasive parrot feather in a private pond./