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Sangamon County: Invasive Species Symposium

  • 05/29/2014
  • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • IDNR Building in Springfield
The Illinois Wildlife Action Plan – Invasive Species Campaign will be hosting an invasive species symposium on May 29th, 2014 at the IDNR Building in Springfield, IL.


The symposium will kick off with a presentation from John Schwegman on the history of invasive species efforts in Illinois.  This all taxa meeting with include presentations on exotic plants, insects, diseases, and animals.


The Symposium will be from 9:30-4:00 on May 29th and will be free of charge.  Please inform Chris Evans at chris.evans@illinois.gov if you plan to attend.  Having an accurate count of attendees will help with seating, lunch provisions, and handouts.


Illinois Invasive Species Symposium Springfield, IL May 29th, 2014

Welcome and introductions

KEYNOTE History of the Invasive Plant Control and Eradication Movement in Illinois

-John Schwegman, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, retired

Surveying for Forest Pests: A Cooperative Effort in Illinois

-Kelly Estes, Illinois CAPS Program

Early detection of exotic jewel beetles using a native ground-nesting wasp, Cerceris fumipennis - Scott Blackwood, USDA-APHIS PPQ

Northwestern Illinois Invasive Species Strike Team

- Jeff Horn, Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation

Achyranthes japonica: Where no lab has gone before - Lauren Schwartz, Southern Illinois University

ISAM Awards Ceremony

Collaborative Feral Swine Damage Management in Illinois

- Brad Wilson, USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services

An Emerging Threat to Illinois Wildlife? The Current State of Ranavirus Infections in Illinois

- Matt Allender, University of Illinois

An Overview of the IDNR Aquatic Nuisance Species and Aquaculture Program

- Blake Ruebush, Illinois Department of Natural Resources

New Statewide Campaign to Encourage Citizen Action

- Pat Charlebois, Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

The Illinois Wildlife Action Plan’s Invasive Species Campaign: Initiatives and Updates

- Chris Evans, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Shawnee RC&D

Future of Invasive Species Work in Illinois

- Brian Anderson, Illinois Natural History Survey

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