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Blog from April, 2021

Thursday, April 22, 2021 (Earth Day)

NPS IPM Webinar Series

James Howard, NPS, will present Session #13 of NPS' Integrated Pest Management Webinar Series, on the 2021 Enhancements to the NPS PUPS database on Tuesday, April 27th at 12:00pm MT. Additionally, the final session for the month, Session #17, will be on Pesticide Storage, Container Management, and PPE as presented by Kenneth Morin, the CASHE (Compliance Assessment - Safety, Health, and the Environment) program lead with the Bureau of Land Management! And don't forget about the upcoming Session #16 on Hazard Communication by Joe Jacobs, Regional Safety Manager in NPS/Interior Region 2!

Listed below are the themes for the upcoming months:
May: the 11-step IPM Process
June: Pest Specifics

A public facing website on the NPS Common Learning Portal with links to register for the trainings is located here (

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

Four Priority areas to advance invasion science in the face of rapid environmental change

Link to pdf article:

Authors: Anthony Ricciardi, Josephine C. Iacarella, David C. Aldridge, Tim M. Blackburn, James T. Carlton, Jane A. Catford, Jaimie T.A. Dick, Philip E. Hulme, Jonathan M. Jeschke, Andrew M. Liebhold,
Julie L. Lockwood, Hugh J. MacIsaac, Laura A. Meyerson, Petr Pyšek, David M. Richardson, Gregory M. Ruiz, Daniel Simberloff, Montserrat Vilà, and David A. Wardle

Unprecedented rates of introduction and spread of non-native species pose burgeoning challenges to biodiversity, natural resource management, regional economies, and human health. Current biosecurity efforts are failing to keep pace with globalization, revealing critical gaps in our understanding and response to invasions. Here, we identify four priority areas to advance invasion science in the face of rapid global environmental change.

Friday, April 16th, 2021

Yes, there really is an invasive plant that is better left alone: Garlic mustard. For details, click the link here above to read the article featuring a study by Cornell University's Berndt Blossey.

Friday, April 16th, 2021



The North American Invasive Species Forum is an international event encompassing the interests of professionals and organizations involved in invasive species management, research, and regulation across North America.

The Forum will bring together the international invasive species community and will highlight new research, emerging issues, success stories and prevention and response initiatives from across Canada, Mexico and the U.S.. The forum will also build on the previous North American Invasive Species Forum held in 2017.

The Canadian Council on Invasive Species is hosting this Forum with the support of, and guidance from, an international steering committee representing the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.


VISIT: 2021 North American Invasive Species Forum - May 18, 2021


We are very excited to present a wide variety of speakers, sessions and topics for the 2021 North American Invasive Species Forum! Above are just a few of our speakers from across North America, discussing a wide variety of topics including but not limited to:

  • Strawberry Blossom Weevil, Anthonomus rubi (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) is established in British Columbia, Canada,  Michelle Franklin
  • Human-caused Climate Change, Vegetation, and invasive species, Patrick Gonzalez
  • Mexico's Progress and Commitment to Comprehensive Island Restoration, Federico Mendez
  • E-commerce: Plant Health Implications and the Importance of Collaboration, Cory Marker and Bruno Gallant

Other sessions and topics:

  • Networking opportunities
  • Horizon Scanning and Bio surveillance
  • Three concurrent sessions focused on aquatic, terrestrial and insects and animals
  • Keynotes from Australia, New Zealand and the US

VISIT: 2021 North American Invasive Species Forum - May 18, 2021


Register Now - Early Bird Registration Ends April 23rd!

We also have funding to support FREE indigenous and tribal attendance as well as a new youth ticket for only $10 (30 and under!) Details are as follows:

  • CCIS Member Price (full forum - 3 days): $140 (until April 23rd)
  • CCIS Non-Member Price (full forum - 3 days): $170 (until April 23rd)
  • CCIS Member/Non-Member (one day only): $55 (until April 23rd)
  • Indigenous/tribal bursary (full forum): FREE! Limited quantities available!
  • Youth (under 30): ONLY $10! Limited quantities available!

PLEASE NOTE: Registration for all tickets will end May 17th at 12 noon.



Sponsors will benefit from premium visibility among guests of the Forum. Your organization will be profiled in a variety of ways, depending on the level you choose. We have Gold, Silver and Bronze opportunities available and can work with you to suit your needs. Promote your organization to a North American audience while supporting efforts to protect communities and landscapes from invasive species! Email Kellie at to learn more!


Kellie Sherman


Canadian Council on Invasive Species


Workdays: Monday – Friday
  (249) 353-2247


The Canadian Council on Invasive Species gratefully acknowledges the territories of the
Indigenous Peoples of Canada where we live and work to maintain healthy ecosystems for all.

Thursday, April 15th

The National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) takes place during two separate weeks each year.

NISAW Part II is coming up soon with even more focus on state and local issues of significance. Partners are planning local events to remove invasive species. These events are meant to educate elected officials, decision makers, and the public on how they can help to stop the spread of invasive species and protect communities.

Coming soon! We'll have a map where you can add your local NISAW event.

There will be more webinars from May 17-21, 2021. Get registered below!


What is NISAW?

National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) is an international event to raise awareness about invasive species, the threat that they pose, and what can be done to prevent their spread. Representatives from local, state, federal, and regional organizations gather to discuss legislation, policies, and improvements that can be made to prevent and manage invasive species.
NISAW Part I focused on national and regional issues of importance. NAISMA held a series of virtual webinars Feb. 22-26 that reached more than 1,650 people. 


NISAW Part II Agenda:

→ GET THE TOOLKIT    This free digital toolkit provides fact sheets, articles, PSA templates, social media posts and more. Use these resources to spread the word and promote your local NISAW events.

NISAW would not be possible without the support from its sponsors: