Thank you Leelanau Conservancy for honoring ISN as Conservation Partner of the Year, it's a great honor!
ISN was recognized for a variety of work with Leelanau Conservancy, ranging from recruiting volunteers for workbee events, providing information and training on invasive plants and identification, treatment of invasive species, education and presentations, and our Go Beyond Beauty program.
For the second year running, ISN has treated giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) in Manistee County. There are only 2 known populations, and with this plants severe human health implications, it's a major Early Detection and Response priority. We're pleased to report that this population was down to just 9 plants (1 adult and 8 juveniles); last year there were nearly 30, and 2 adults!
It's crucial for people to report sightings of all invasive species, but especially Early Detection plants like hogweed. Check out this great ID training module; there are some native look-alikes for this crazy plant.
On July 24 and 25, ISN Survey Technicians (Audrey and Sarah) and Coordinator (Katie) traveled to West Michigan take part in a Field Trip & Identification Workshop put on by 2 sister groups: West Michigan Conservation Network and Three Shores CISMA. In addition to the invaluable time spent sharing experiences with CISMAs (Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas) from across the state, we also got hands-on experience identifying Early Detection species. Many of these invaders, such as swallow-wort, hemlock woolly adelgid, and Chinese yam, are not yet in Northwest Michigan. The chance to see these plants up close was fantastic! After careful decontamination at each site to be sure we weren't spreading these invasive species, we came back. We're looking forward to putting this experience into practice on the ground as we continue to survey our region for new populations and species this year and in the future.
Want to learn more about these plants, but don't have time for a road trip? MISIN ID Modules are very helpful in pointing out ID characteristics and distinguishing similar species. Species observed that are not yet present in Northwest Michigan: black swallow-wort, Chinese yam, European frog-bit, giant hogweed, hemlock woolly adelgid, yellow floating heart.
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