10 Ways to Observe National Invasive Species Awareness Week in Florida
National Invasive Species Awareness Week includes activities, briefings, workshops and events across the United States. It is focused on creating solutions to address invasive species prevention, detection, monitoring, control, and management issues at local, state, tribal, regional, national and international scales. Check www.nisaw.org for more details and further developments!
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|Hit the books!|
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- Boaters: Clean, drain and dry your boat trailer and gear every time you leave a body of water.
- Pet Owners: If you have acquired an undesirable pet or fish species for your aquarium or water garden, it is important not to release these plants or animals into the environment. Follow these tips from Habitattitude for aquarium hobbyists and backyard pond owners.
- Travelers, Hikers, Bikers, Birders, & Campers: Do not move firewood and other harvested wood out of the local area, as this has been found to spread Laurel Wilt, an exotic disease of Red Bay and Avocado trees infected by the wood boring ambrosia beetle.
- Gardeners: Not all are non-native species are bad, but some plants that look lovely in your garden might be harmful invaders that will make their way into natural areas. The Be PlantWise website has easy tips on how to manage your garden to preserve the unique qualities of neighboring wildlands. In addition, the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council website has easy tips on how to avoid purchasing invasive plants.
|Get the word out!|
10. Spread Awareness: Take your National Invasive Species Awareness Week commitment beyond this week. Tell your friends, family, neighbors and others about invasive species! Have an invasive species dinner of Feral Hog, Lionfish or Asian Carp with Kudzu. It’s a big country and we can't get the word out to everyone without your help. Encourage them to get involved with National Invasive Species Awareness Week in their own way.