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You can help fight invasives by reporting invasive species that you find!
Benefits of reporting:
- Natural Resource professionals are limited by time and money, when citizens report locations we spend less time finding invasives and more time fighting them!
- When more people know what invasives look like, we are more likely to catch invasive populations while they are still small, making control easier, faster, and less expensive, and complete eradication more likely.
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How do I find and report locations you ask? It's simple!
1. Start with some education
No idea what invasives look like? Start by swinging by our invasives profile page to view some invasives from this area. The internet is full information on identifying invasive
species, such as the WI DNR’s page. For
something a little more in depth, contact the WRISC coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-774-1550x102 to find out about in person training and/or to get an invasives field guide.
2. Get out!
Go forth and find invasives. Start somewhere you know, many people have invasives literally growing in their backyard. Ask your neighbors if you can look for invasives on their land too. Try local parks and roads. Invasives could be anywhere!
You don’t have to
even go out of your way. Planning a camping trip? Keep an eye out on
the trails. Enjoy paddling a local stream? Pay attention to what’s
growing on the bank. Like fishing? Keep an eye on the water for
invasive plants and animals (some float on top of the water and are easy to spot).
Take a picture of the entire plant.
Take a picture of the leaves. Including another item for scale (such as a pen) will help later by showing how big the plant features are.
Make sure at least one picture shows how the leaves are attached to the stem.
Take additional pictures of any details (fruit, flowers, thorns, etc.)
4. Record and Report!
Record what you found and report it! Fill in our citizen monitoring form and then send it back to WRISC. At the end of the year we’ll report it to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN).
Don't know the GPS coordinates of your locations? WRISC may be able to lend you a GPS unit. Or just find your location online at http://itouchmap.com/latlong.html. All you have to do is punch in an address or click the map at the point where you need coordinates.