Dear resident of planet Earth,
Did you see the recent UN report detailing the world’s biodiversity crisis and its implications for humans? Invasive species are listed as one of the major contributing factors. It’s high time we all get up to speed on how invasive species affect us.
Each day from June 3 to June 7, tune in to our Lunchtime Webinars on Invasive Species, organized by the University of California Cooperative Extension and the nonprofit California Invasive Plant Council. (It’s California Invasive Species Action Week so what better time to pend 40 minutes feeding your mind while eating your lunch?!)
During the first part of the week we cover a range of organisms, from killer algae and incestuous beetles to “rodents of unusual size.” Later in the week it’s Weeds-A-Palooza with talks focusing on invasive plants. Join us!
Monday, June 3: “How they get here: Aquatic invasive species being moved around the world”
Sabrina Drill, Natural Resources Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension
Tuesday, June 4: “What’s killing California’s trees? Shot hole borers, palm weevils and the rest”
Beatriz Nobua-Behrmann, Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension
Wednesday, June 5: “Rodents of unusual size: Nutria in the Delta”
Valerie Cook-Fletcher, Nutria Eradication Incident Commander, Cal. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
Thursday, June 6: “Citizen stewardship: Tackling giant reed in Contra Costa County”
Mike Anciaux and Bob Simmons, Walnut Creek Watershed Council
Friday, June 7: “Organizing to stop one of the world’s worst weeds: Marin Knotweed Task Force”
Eric Wrubel, San Francisco Bay Area Network, National Park Service
All details are available online at https://ucanr.edu/sites/invasivelunch/invasivelunch2019/. Hope you can join us!
Doug Johnson, Executive Director
California Invasive Plant Council