Category Archives: technology transfer

Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative Webinar Series

The Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative webinar series has focused on invasive Phragmites in the Great Lakes region to encourage dialogue and technology transfer throughout the region. This series will include topics such as: Current research on Phragmites control, management techniques and case studies, monitoring and assessment protocols, mapping and tracking and regional management initiatives. Much of the information can help us understand phragmites management in southeast Ohio.

To access their past recordings, click on this link:

IPC invasive plant webinar series archive

I wanted to direct everyone to a valuable series of previously recorded invasive plant webinars.  Content covered can be important to anyone, including private landowners, all the way up to regional managers of invasive plants.  Check it out if you have some time.

AOWCP celebrates its first birthday with technical meeting to facilitate management of hydrilla on the Ohio River

The AOWCP turned 1 year old last Wednesday June 26th. To celebrate, we thought we’d discuss the management of hydrilla on the Ohio River. We had several great speakers and many great participants, both in person and over the Internet and phone. I’m providing links to some of the powerpoints presented. However, not all are available currently because they contain unpublished data. I will post them later after the papers are published. Thank you for understanding.

Introduction – Eric Boyda, AOWCP

Ohio River Hydrilla – Dr. Michael Netherland, US Army ERDC

EPRI ORBFHP Hydrilla Workshop – Dr. Doug Dixon, EPRI

Tools for Early Detection, Hydrilla Workshop, June 2013 – Kate Howe, MIPN

Aquatic Invasive Species Webinar Series


Aquatic plants in water gardens and along the edges of lakes, ponds, and streams are gaining popularity with many gardeners. These “wet-loving” plants can bring terrific visual appeal and drama to the residential landscape, but some species have invasive tendencies that threaten the ecology of our natural areas.

If you’re a water garden hobbyist or interested in becoming one, this two-part webinar series is for you. In the first webinar, you will learn about aquatic invasive plants and the problems they can cause, how science is being used to assess the ecological risk behind exotic plants, and practical steps you can take to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

In the second webinar, you will learn about design techniques for creating spectacular aquatic landscapes, and about non-invasive aquatic plants that can be used in place of invasive species.

The Science Behind Aquatic Invasive Plants

An Overview of Aquatic Invasive Plants
Greg Hitzroth, Organisms in Trade Outreach Specialist, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and Illinois Natural History Survey

Assessing the Ecological Risk of Aquatic Plants
Reuben Keller, Assistant Professor, Loyola University Chicago

Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species
Greg Hitzroth, Organisms in Trade Outreach Specialist, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant and Illinois Natural History Survey

Building a Better Water Garden

Creating Beautiful and Environmentally Responsible Water Landscapes
Heidi Natura, Founder and Partner, Living Habitats

Alternatives for Invasive Aquatic Plants
Bob Kirschner, Curator of Aquatic Plant & Urban Lake Studies, Chicago Botanic Garden

link to register:

The Great Lakes Early Detection Network makes reporting invasive species even easier with new smartphone app.


The Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) in collaboration with the Early Detection Distribution and Mapping System (EDDMapS) has developed a smartphone app for the iPhone and Android operating systems. This app allows users to report invasive species found in the Midwest to GLEDN and EDDMapS from their phones or tablets.

The app uses the device’s GPS and camera capabilities to geo-locate the reported species and allow the device’s operator to provide a photo of the reported species. Pictures allow verifiers to quickly confirm observations. Once confirmed, observations will be visible on maps found on GLEDN ( ) and EDDMaps ( ) websites and sent to land managers through each group’s early alert system. Using this technology we hope to enhance the ability of groups’ to respond to these new pests as they are emerging.

You can download the free app from this site:

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Wilderness invasion video

This video is shot in a different area, but many of it’s themes are applicable to southeast Ohio.

The video can also be found at

New scientific studies reveal Midwestern frogs decline, mammal populations altered by invasive plant

 New scientific studies reveal Midwestern frogs decline, mammal populations altered by invasive plant

 Researchers at Lincoln Park Zoo and Northern Illinois University have discovered a new culprit contributing to amphibian decline and altered mammal distribution throughout the Midwest region – the invasive plant European buckthorn. This non-native shrub, which has invaded two-thirds of the United States, has long been known to negatively impact plant community composition and forest structure, but these two innovative studies slated to publish in upcoming editions of the Journal of Herpetology and Natural Areas Journal demonstrate how this shrub negatively impacts native amphibians and affects habitat use by mammals including increased prevalence of coyotes and other carnivores.

 See the link above for the full article text.

Clean your boating equipment to prevent the spread of hydrilla

It is important that we clean our boating equipment to prevent the spread of invasives like hydrilla.

Recording now available for GLEDN Mapping Webcast

If you weren’t able to join us for yesterday’s webcast on the Great Lakes Early Detection Network, you can view a recording of the webcast by clicking on the URL below.  This link will also be posted on the MIPN webpage in the near future.


On February 19th the Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN) hosted an online training for those interested in becoming part of the GLEDN verifier network. In case you missed the training or need to partake in the spectacle again, here is a link to a recording of the presentation:

Receive your knowledge on the dulcet tones of Kate’s and my voices.

Keep an eye out for another GLEDN training coming the second week of March. This presentation will cover how to use various GLEDN features with a special emphasis on mapping.

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