2011 TIPPC Conference: Early Registration Ends Nov. 1st

Tuesday, November 1st, is the last day to register early and save $50 on regular registration to the 2011 Texas Invasive Plant & Pest Conference. Students can also register early for the low price of $50.

This November, the Texas Invasive Plant & Pest Council will be hosting the fourth statewide conference on invasive species at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas. The November 8-10 conference will be a professional level meeting including keynotes, concurrent sessions, posters, field trips and symposia.

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Piranhas in Texas, Again?

A lake in Tom Bass Regional Park near Pearland, TX, made national news recently when 5-year-old Lindsay Schutte caught a red-bellied piranha. Although illegal to sell and purchase in the state it is still possible to purchase piranhas, and other invasive fish, on the Internet from other states. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has noted a marked rise in invasive species, as the Internet provides new avenues for fish collectors.

"We’re really trying to get out the message about invasive fish,” says Robert Goodrich, assistant chief of fisheries at the TPWD, noting the TPWD website as a source for information on illegal species. “If you think you found a suspicious fish, please look into it and report it to the authorities.” - Read More
Homeland Security and Invasive Species

Dozens of foreign insects and plant diseases slipped undetected into the United States in the years after 9/11, when authorities were so focused on preventing another terrorist attack that they overlooked a pest invasion that threatens the Nation’s ecosystems and the quality of our food supply.

After 9/11, hundreds of agricultural scientists responsible for stopping invasive species at the border were reassigned to anti-terrorism duties in the newly formed Homeland Security Department, a move that scientists say cost billions of dollars in crop damage and eradication efforts from California vineyards to Florida citrus groves. – Read More
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2011 Natural Areas Conference: November 1-4, Tallahassee, FL
This year’s conference explores a range of topics concerning natural areas management and planning in the face of climate change. Co-hosted with the National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils (NAEPPC), the conference also features presentations on Invasive Exotic Species Management and a workshop on Cogongrass control - Learn More

Save the Date - National Invasive Species Awareness Week February 26 - March 3, Washington DC
A week of activities, briefings, workshops and events focused on strategizing solutions to address invasive species prevention, detection, monitoring, control, and management issues at local, state, tribal, regional, national and international scales. - Learn More

If you would like your invasive species event or news listed in the next iWire, please send the details to iwire@texasinvasives.org.


Japanese Privet vs. Glossy Privet: the common name conundrum

The misidentification of Japanese Privet (Ligustrum japonicum) and Glossy Privet (Ligustrum lucidum) is a common mistake made by citizen scientists. Although quite similar in appearance, the misreportings are usually a result of the common name vs. scientific name conundrum. It is common to hear people call Ligustrum lucidum Japanese privet when, in fact, it is not Ligustrum japonicum. Do not assume that because the species name is similar to the common name, it must be the same.

Ligustrum japonicum escapes in Texas, but Ligustrum lucidum is much more common. For more information about identifying Ligustrum species check out Guy Nesom's key, and an ID guide put together by Jed Aplaca, a forester for the City of Houston.

Coming in 2012: Invasive Pest Workshops

Soon the Invaders of Texas program will offer 10 invasive pest identification workshops for 2012. The workshops will train citizen scientists to identify and report invasive pest of regulatory concern, such as Emerald Ash Borer. Satellites will have two options: a half-day workshop focusing on invasive pest, or a full-day workshop consisting of a half-day on invasive pest and the other half being a refresher course for the Invaders of Texas program.

We are not taking request yet, but start talking to your satellites and chapters. We will announce a call for workshop requests soon.
Invaders of Texas Citizen Science Workshops

*New* Rare Plant Monitoring & Invasive Species Workshops
Early Spring 2011
TBD, East Texas Pineywoods

For more information or to request a workshop, please visit our Workshop Page.