Capture of Spotted Wing Drosophila: Deploy
and check traps now to enable early detection
of this pest (Jul
Michigan State University.
The first capture of spotted wing Drosophila
for 2011 in Michigan has been confirmed.
This is a new invasive insect pest of several
tree and small fruit crops grown in this
region, and it was first trapped in this
state in late 2010. It was confirmed this
week that we have caught this pest in a trap
that was collected on Jul 7 in Allegan County,
south of Grand Rapids, Michigan. For more
information for growers and homeowners, see
Michigan State University's Spotted
Wing Drosophila site.
Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week:
Jun 11-19, 2011
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Aquatic Invasive Species Awareness Week is
an opportunity to learn about aquatic invasive
species, their impacts on Michigan waters,
as well as what you can do to prevent their
introduction and spread in your local area
and throughout the state.
and Burn Firewood Locally to Stop Invasive
Hitchhikers (May 26, 2011)
Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
2011 Garlic Mustard Challenge
The Stewardship Network.
Garlic mustard threatens
the abundant wildflowers and diverse forest ecosystem of Michigan. Each year
between mid-April through late June, this project challenges folks to collaboratively
remove at least 100,000 lbs of garlic mustard throughout the state. In 2010,
243,216 lbs of garlic mustard were pulled!
Ag. Department Confirms Brown Marmorated
Stink Bug in Michigan (Feb 1, 2011)
Michigan Department of Agriculture.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture
confirmed the presence of brown
marmorated stink bug (BMSB) in Michigan.
BMSB can be a serious pest of a variety of
fruits, vegetables, field crops, and ornamental
plants. This is the first confirmation of this
pest in the state.
Director Signs Order to Make Feral Swine
Invasive Species (Dec 10, 2010)
Department of Natural Resources and Environment.
swine and wild
boar have been declared invasive species
in Michigan, effective Jul 8, 2011. This
provides the state Legislature time to enact
laws to provide regulations for facilities
that currently provide wild boar breeding
and hunting. If legislation is not passed
to regulate the facilities, the invasive
species order will go in to effect, making
it illegal to possess wild boar in Michigan.
Feral swine have been sighted in nearly every
county in Michigan. For information about
the feral swine issue, please go to the DNRE Feral
Invasive Species Altering Ecosystems (Dec
Michigan State University.
A study by Elena Litchman, Michigan
State University associate professor of ecology,
sheds light on why invasive microbial invaders
shouldn't be overlooked or underestimated.