TIPPC Update

It's official! Japanese climbing fern (AKA Lygodium japonicum) has been added to the Texas Department of Agriculture's Noxious and Invasive Plants list. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time a plant has been added to the list since its inception in 2003. Kudos to TIPPC for breaking the ice. On October 10, 2012 we will be presenting Chinaberry (Melia azaderachto the Texas Invasive Species Coordinating Committee for possible inclusion on the list.

In other news, Dr. Michael Arnold (Texas A&M, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences) will be resigning his position as academic representative on the TIPPC board so that he can serve his department as Associate Head for Graduate Studies. Our thanks to Dr. Arnold for his service to TIPPC. If you or someone you know is interested in serving as the Academic representative on the TIPPC board, please contact TIPPC President, Scott Walker (Scott.Walker@arcadis-us.com).
Commander Ben at SXSWedu

Benjamin Shrader (AKA Commander Ben of Invasive Hunter Academy) will be presenting "What Invasive Species Taught Me about Dyslexia" at the 2013 SXSWedu conference. You can vote for his presentation entitled "What Invasive Species Taught Me About Dyslexia" before October 5, 2012 at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/8175.
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Saltcedar Biological Control Consortium

The annual Texas/New Mexico/Mexico Saltcedar Biological Control Consortium meeting is planned for October 30 and 31 in El Paso, TX. The meeting will be held at the Hawthorn Suites, 6789 Boeing Drive, El Paso, TX 79925A 20$ registration fee will be collected at the door to cover costs for coffee, drinks and snacks. The meeting will begin at 8:30 am on Tuesday, October 30 and conclude at noon on Wednesday, October 31.

If you would like make a presentation at this meeting, or know someone you would like to be invited to speak, please contact Allen Knutson, Professor and Extension Entomologist, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension.
NISAW Save the Date

National Invasive Species Awareness Week
March 3-8, 2013
Attend events in the US Capitol and in Washington D.C. or host your own event that explores local problems and solutions to invasive species. For additional information, go to www.nisaw.org.
More News

Invasive Brittle Star in the Atlantic
An invasive species of brittle star (Ophiothela mirabilis) is spreading from Pacific to Atlantic waters. This species densely colonizes gorgonians and sponges in the Pacific, so similar ecological changes are expected for Atlantic waters.- Read More.

A New Model To Predict the Spread of Invasive Species

Oregon State University has developed a statistical model that aims to predict which non-native species become invaders. - Read More.

Zebra Mussel Management 

It has been found that silicone foul release coatings may help mitigate invasive quagga and zebra mussels' impacts to water and hydropower infrastructure. - Read More.

Invasive Species Kid's Fun Book
The Idaho Department of Agriculture has a book of games and other tools to teach children about invasive plants, insects, and animals.  Available free for print.

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

Join the "Green Army":
Win a Free Pass to SXSW Eco

Want a free pass to the SXSW Eco conference on Oct 3-5 (value $495)? If you RSVP for the “AMD Green Army” volunteer event being held on Oct 4th from 11am-2pm, you enter to win one of four complementary SXSW Eco passes! Winners will be contacted on Monday, Oct 1st.

The entire effort will extend along Waller Creek from UT campus to the confluence with Lady Bird Lake, and the Invaders of Texas Program will map invasive species all along the way! 

Citizen Science Workshops

Sentinel Pest Network & Invasive Species Workshops
These workshops supplement the Invaders of Texas program by training citizen scientists to identify and report invasive pests of regulatory concern like Emerald Ash Borer and the Cactus Moth while they are out looking for invasive plants. The morning session will cover non-native, invasive pests, and the afternoon session will be a refresher course on non-native, invasive plants that occur in your area. 

Saturday November 17th, 2012
Location: Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center (Humble, TX)
Contact: Rose Belzung

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

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