A Call to Action!
2013 Illinois Invasive Species Awareness Month (ISAM) is again being scheduled for May. This will be the fourth year in a row for ISAM and we hope to continue the momentum we built the last three years. For 2013, I would love to see more events being scheduled across the state. Educational events, field days, hay-wagon tours, workshops, presentations, volunteer workdays, ‘Garlic Mustard Challenges’, training events, and interpretive hikes are just some of the different types of events that have been held as part of ISAM in the past. A big Thank You goes out to everyone that organized and conducted an ISAM event last year!
This year, I again want to challenge you to be creative and think of ways to reach new audiences with your message about invasive species. Let’s build on the past success of ISAM and continue to raise awareness about this important issue in Illinois. The threat posed by invasive species is one of the biggest challenges facing conservation in Illinois!
The ISAM 2013 event form can be downloaded below. If you are planning an event for ISAM, please take the time to fill out this form and send it back to me. I’ll add all events to our ISAM calendar, found at www.illinoisinvasives.org.
Also, for the second year in a row, we will be selecting recipients for our ISAM awards, recognizing outstanding achievement to prevent and manage invasive species in Illinois for volunteers, professional (individual), professional business (for-profit), and Professional organization (non-profit or governmental).
If you know someone you think would be a good recipient of this award, please send in a nomination. Here is the link to information about last year’s award recipients TribLocal -ISAM Awards
Please feel free to forward this email to anyone that might be interested. Also, we are working on updating the ISAM website (www.illinoisinvasives.org), so keep an eye on that website for updates and information.
I really look forward to working with all of you again this year.
Illinois Wildlife Action Plan, Invasive Species Campaign Coordinator
The Garlic Mustard Challenge 2011 and beyond
During May 2011 NIIPP partners participated in and won the United States Forest Service’s Garlic Mustard Challenge (http://www.phcwpma.org/GarlicMustard.cfm) with a total of 52,606 lbs of garlic mustard pulled. Lake Forest Open Lands Association was the champion garlic puller. In 2012 garlic mustard started blooming in late March in some areas and that’s when the Chicago Botanic Garden started its march to become champion garlic puller and to help NIIPP win the Garlic Mustard Challenge for a second year in a row!
Once again we are participating in the Garlic Mustard Challenge and we have a reputation to uphold! If you are planning to host work days and garlic pulls please contact Cathy McGlynn, NIIPP Coordinator (847-242-6423 or firstname.lastname@example.org) so that she can post your events on the NIIPP website.
Remember garlic mustard is an invasive plant that grows in the understory of forests and woodlands and displaces native plants. Removing garlic mustard before it flowers and sets seed helps to give native plants a chance to grow and provide food and shelter for native animals like butterflies and birds.
Please check back for more information on ISAM events!!!
Midewin Earth Day 2012 (A. Cisneros, USFS)