This week is the 20th Anniversary of National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW). It’s a week set aside to raise awareness and identify solutions to invasive species issues at local, state, tribal, regional, international and national scales. “Originally founded by the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) as National Invasive Weeds Awareness Week (NIWAW), the event was broadened to NISAW in 2010 to encompass all types of invasive species.” (WSSA)
Events are being hosted by a variety of organizations throughout the USA with four seminars planned specifically for Washington, DC. An interactive map is available which provides information on local activities around the nation. There is also an online toolkit to help plan an invasive species awareness event or just to use for educational purposes. I was particularly pleased with the section called PlayCleanGo.
NIWAW Webinars (3 to 4PM EST)
The one scheduled for today, Wednesday, February 27, 2019 is on Glyphosate, Friend or Foe? It will be presented by Presented by WSSA member Jason Ferrell, Florida Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants and editor of the Journal of Aquatic Plant Management.
Thursday’s is on PlayCleanGo: You Can Change Public Behavior to Slow the Spread of Invasive Species. It will be presented by Belle Bergner, North American Invasive Species Management Association
This is the time of year to get caught up with your education about invasive species, but especially invasive plant species.