Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR) Archived Historical
Announcements

from the Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR)


Archived HEAR Announcements

This page archives historical announcements from the Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR). For current HEAR announcements, see the HEAR [current] Announcements page.

Entomology 2012

The 2012 Entomological Society of America meeting will be held 11-14 November 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. This year's theme is "A Global Society for a Global Science". (Info posted 14 June 2012)


International Conference on Advances in Plant Sciences (ICAPS)

The ICAPS conference will be held 14-18 November 2012, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Topics include ecology, climate change, and plant adaptation; conservation and management of tropical rainforests; and integrated weed management. (Info posted 14 November 2011)


Community-Based Natural Resources Grant Program

Request for proposals has been posted by the Hawaii Tourism authority to seek projects and programs that help to advance the Natural Resources strategic initiative "to manage, improve, and protect Hawaii's natural environment and areas frequented by visitors". Deadline to apply is 5 November 2012. (Info posted 3 October 2012)


Maui Nui Botanical Gardens' 2012 Arbor Day

The 2012 Arbor Day 1,000 Hawaiian Tree Giveaway PDF icon sponsored by the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens will be held 3 November 2012 in Kahului, Maui. More than 25 varieties of Hawaiian trees will be given away. The Arbor Day festival will feature plant workshops, and conservation and community organization booths. (Info posted 17 October 2012 )


International Sandalwood Symposium 2012

The International Sandalwood Symposium 2012 will be held 21-24 October 2012 at the East-West Center in Honolulu. The symposium will bring together diverse participants interested in scientific research, conservation, ethnobotany, commercialization, and other aspects of sandalwoods. (Info posted 8 February 2012)


Marine debris prevention and removal grants

NOAA's Marine Debris Program supports locally driven, community-based marine debris prevention and removal projects that benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and wildlife. Deadline for grant applications is 1 November 2012 (Info posted 27 September 2012)


Public Land Development Corporation public hearings

Public hearings PDF icon on adoption of new Hawaii Administrative Rules for the Public Land Development Corporation will be held in Hilo on 20 August, Kona on 21 August, Maui on 24 August, Molokai on 27 August, Oahu on 29 August, and Kauai on 31 August 2012. (Info posted 13 August 2012)


Clean Water and Natural Lands Commission seeks applicants for land acquisition funding

Honolulu's Clean Water and Natural Lands Commission is accepting applications for funding for land acquisition. Selection criteria include protection of watershed lands, historical or culturally significant sites, forests, beaches, coastal areas, and agriculture lands. Proposed projects may seek preservation of these areas through acquisition of fee title or conservation easements. Deadline for applications is 1 September 2012. (Info posted 13 July 2012)


Course: Managing environmental data with Microsoft Access

A training course on managing environmental data with Microsoft Access will be offered 25-26 September 2012 in Honolulu. (Info posted 27 June 2012)


Training course on economic analyses of invasive species in the Pacific

A training course PDF icon for managers and professionals working on invasive species, will teach methods to develop, conduct, and present economic analyses of invasive species eradication or control. The course.is offered by Landcare Research New Zealand in three parts during May through September, 2012 in Fiji. (Info posted 14 March 2012)


Halting Biological Invasions in Europe

NEOBIOTA 2012: 7th European Conference on Biological Invasions will be held 12-14 September 2012 in Pontevedra, Spain. The conference is preceded by the Spains's 4th National Conference on Invasive Alien Species. (Info posted 21 February 2012)


Scholarships - Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) - Australia

SCCS-Australia will bring together 100 post-graduate students from the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere to develop their skills and forge lasting professional relationships, on 21-31 January 2013, in Brisbane, Australia. A total of 30 equity scholarships will be offered to cover the full cost of the attendance (travel, accommodation and registration) for students who meet the selection criteria and would otherwise not be able to attend due to financial hardship. Deadline for applying to the scholarships is 14 September 2012. (Info posted 1 August 2012)


Hawaii Conservation Alliance 2012 programs

Hawaii Conservation Alliance's 2012 programs PDF icon include the conservation conference, Pacific-Hawaii conservation exchange program, and online lecture series. (Info posted 12 January 2012)


Hawaii Conservation Conference

The 2012 Hawaii Conservation Conference will be held 31 July to 2 August 2012 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the annual Hawaii Conservation Conference (HCC) and 20 years since the Rio Earth Summit. The 20th annual conference is an opportunity to reflect on the past two decades of island conservation in Hawaii and wider Pacific Islands. (Info posted 4 June 2012)


Mauna Kea Volunteer Program

The Mauna Kea Visitor Center volunteer program provides opportunities to learn about and protect the unique mountain top ecosystem. Volunteers are needed for invasive plant removal on 11 August 2012. Email fklasner@hawaii.edu to sign up. (Info posted 1 August 2012)


HCC 1st Annual Internship Video Contest

A video contest for current and previous conservation interns PDF icon is being sponsored by the by the Hawaii Conservation Conference. The winner gains free admission to the 2012 and 2013 conference. Deadline for submitting videos is 22 July 2012. (Info posted 12 July 2012)


Shearwater Soiree

The Shearwater Soiree PDF icon, a fundraiser to support Hawaii Audubon Society's Mission, will be held 12 July 2012 in Honolulu. (Info posted 21 June 2012)


Free lecture: "Water has a voice"

"Water has a voice: It tells who we are and how we care for the land" PDF icon is the title of the free lecture by Brian Hunter, the Polluted Runoff Control Program planner for the Clean Water Branch of the Department of Health. The lecture, sponsored by the Hawaii Conservation Alliance, will be held at 5:30pm on 27 June 2012 at ING Direct in Honolulu. (Info posted 14 June 2012)


Beer for the Birds

A fundraiser for the Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project PDF icon will be held at The Maui Brewing Company Brewpub in Kahana, Maui on 29 June 2012. (Info posted 7 June 2012)


Hawaii Environmental Education Symposium

The Hawaii Environmental Education Symposium will be held 30 July 2012 at the Honolulu Convention Center. (Info posted 5 June 2012)


Volunteers needed to help clean Kalihi Stream

KAUPA's monthly 2nd Saturday for Sustainability stream clean-up is your chance to demonstrate your aloha for the aina. KAUPA (Kalihi Ahupua'a Ulu Pono Ahahui) is dedicated to restoring the natural and cultural resources within the Kalihi ahupuaa through education, outreach and action. Guest speakers will share their expertise. (Info updated 11 April 2011.)


Conservation and natural heritage conference

Biodiversity Without Boundaries 2012 conference will be held 22-26 April 2012 in Portland, Oregon. (Info posted 21 November 2011)


Pacific Islands Species Forum

The Pacific Islands Species Forum will be held in Honiara, Solomon Islands from 25 to 27 April 2012. The forum will be an opportunity for scientists, researchers, policy-makers, and conservation practitioners to share species research and conservation efforts in the Pacific. (Info posted 31 January 2012)


20th Annual East Maui Taro Festival

The 2012 East Maui Taro Festival will be held 21 April in Hana. (Info posted 14 March 2012)


Earth Day Maui celebration

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens is hosting its annual Earth Day Celebration, a free family event focusing on the preservation of native Hawaiian resources and culture, on 14 April 2012. (Info posted 14 March 2012)


2012 Imported Fire Ant Conference

The 2012 Imported Fire Ant Conference will be held 16-19 April 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Info posted 31 January 2012)


National Invasive Species Awareness Week

National Invasive Species Awareness Week will be held 26 February to 3 March 2012 in Washington, D.C. Various ways to observe National Invasive Species Awareness Week  PDF icon will help raise awareness of the issues. (Info posted 28 September 2011)


Grassroots invasive species forum and webcast

A live webcast PDF icon of the Grassroots session of National Invasive Species Awareness Week in Washington, D.C. wil be broadcast 1 March 2012. (Info posted 21 February 2012)


Pacific Entomology Conference 2012

The 2012 Pacific Entomology Conference, sponsored by the Hawaii Entomological Society, will be held 22-23 February 2012 in Waikiki, Oahu. (Info posted 9 December 2011)


Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) 2012 meeting

The 52nd annual WSSA meeting will be held held 6-9 February 2012 in Waikoloa, Hawaii Island. (Info posted 14 November 2011)


2012 Nahelehele Dryland Forest Symposium

The 2012 Nahelehele Dryland Forest Symposium will be held 24 February 2012 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. (Info posted 3 May 2011)


HISC Public Outreach Working Group meeting

HISC Public Outreach Working Group will be meeting on 17 January 2012 from 10am-12pm at the Department of Land and Natural Resources, 1151 Punchbowl St, Honolulu, room 322 C. The public is invited to all Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC) meetings. (Info posted 6 January 2012)


Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC) meeting

The KIRC agenda PDF icon for the meeting on 15 December 2011 in Honolulu is posted. Public attendance and comments are welcome. (Info posted 6 December 2011)


2011 BIOLIEF conference

The 2nd World Conference on Biological Invasions and Ecosystem Functioning (BIOLIEF) will be held 21-24 November 2011 in Mar del Plata, Argentina. (Info posted 3 January 2011)


Presentation: Maui forest birds and their conservation

Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project (MFBRP) presentation PDF icon "Maui forest birds and their conservation" by Laura Berthold will be held 5 December 2011 in Pukalani, Maui. The public is invited to learn about MFBRP's research and to experience amazing images and sounds of Maui's special birds. (Info posted 23 November 2011)


Lecture: The condition and trends of Hawaii's forests: A report on the state of the aina in 2010

A lecture on the condition of Hawaiian rainforests PDF icon by Ron Cannarella of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources will be presented 30 November 2011 in Honolulu. The free lecture is part of the series sponsored by Hawaii Conservation Alliance in partnership with ING Direct. (Info posted 21 November 2011)


Draft habitat conservation plan for Auwahi Wind Power Facility available for public comment

A news release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service PDF icon announces the availability, for public review, of a draft Habitat Conservation Plan and incidental take permit application submitted by Auwahi Wind Energy LLC, and a draft Environmental Assessment addressing the proposed project on Haleakala mountain. The deadline for submitting comments is 21 November 2011. (Info posted 27 October 2011)


Free lecture: Hawaiian watersheds

"Our watersheds, our life" PDF icon will be presented by Christine Ogura on 26 October 2011 in Honolulu. The lecture is sponsored by the Hawaii Conservation Alliance in partnership with ING DIRECT. (Info posted 17 October 2011)


1000 Hawaiian tree giveaway

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens celebrates Arbor Day PDF icon by providing free Hawaiian trees, pruning demonstrations, tours, and makahiki games, on 5 November 2011 in Kahului, Maui. (Info posted 11 October 2011)


Renewable Energy Training Summit

The University of Hawaii Community College Renewable Energy Training Summit will be held 25-26 October 2011. Registration deadline is 10 October 2011. (Info posted 5 October 2011)


Resolving human-wildlife conflict: Training session

Conservation conflict resolution training PDF icon will be offered 1-4 November 2011 in Volcano, Hawaii. Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration (HWCC) collaborative learning process addresses the theory, principles and practice of transforming complex conservation conflicts. Early registration deadline: 31 May 2011. (Info posted 11 April 2011)


2011 Society of American Foresters National Convention

The 2011 Society of American Foresters National Convention will be held 2-6 November 2011 in Honolulu. The 92nd National Convention will offer a cutting-edge program on the science and changing elements of world forests providing learning and sharing for all foresters and natural resource professionals. (Info posted 9 February 2011)


Seed basics workshop on Kauai

"Seed Basics Workshop for Farmers and Gardeners" will be presented by the Hawaii Public Seed Initiative on Kauai, 6-7 November 2011. Seed growing, botany and biology, selection, harvesting, cleaning, and saving of various types of seed are covered. (Info posted 25 October 2011)


Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council meeting

A meeting of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council PDF icon will be held 2 November 2011 in Honolulu. The meeting is open to the public. (Info posted 27 October 2011)


TDWG 2011 Annual Conference

"Digitization methods, technologies, and standards for biodiversity collections" is the theme for the Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG), also known as the Taxonomic Databases Working Group, annual conference to be held 16-21 October 2011 in New Orleans. (Info posted 4 October 2011)


Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Hawaiian monk seal recovery actions

Comments on Hawaiian monk seal recovery actions PEIS are being accepted until 17 October 2011. A series of public hearings will be held 12-17 September 2011, to give the public an opportunity to give verbal testimony on Oahu, Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, and Kauai. (Info posted 17 August 2011)


Maui Upcountry Sustainability presentation

Presentations on invasive species as sustainability concerns PDF icon will be hosted by Upcountry Sustainability 3 October 2011 in Pukalani, Maui. (Info posted 28 September 2011)


Managing Environmental Data workshops

Workshops on managing environmental data with Microsoft Access 2007 are being offered by EOS Alliance 4-6 October 2011 in Honolulu. (Info posted 6 September 2011)


23rd Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society Conference

"Weed Management in a Changing World" is the theme of the 23rd Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society Conference to be held 25-30 September 2011 at the Sebel Cairns, in North Queensland, Australia. (Info posted 12 July 2010)


Lecture: Celebrating 30 Years of Environmental Education with the Hawaii Nature Center

The next free lecture presented by the Hawaii Conservation Alliance and ING DIRECT will review Hawaii Nature Center's 30 year history. The free lectures are presented on the last Wednesday of the month at the ING DIRECT cafe, 28 September 2011 in Honolulu. (Info posted 21 September 2011)


2011 Breadfruit Festival

The 2011 Breadfruit Festival, sponsored by Hawaii Homegrown Food Network, the Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden, will be held 24 September 2011 in Kona, Hawaii. (Info posted 19 September 2011)


Oceans of Opportunity: International cooperation and partnership across the Pacific

The "Oceans of Opportunity" education symposium is offered free to educators on Saturday, 17 September 2011 in Kona, Hawaii. (Info posted 6 September 2011)


Biological control of weeds conference - Hawaii

XIII International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds will convene on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island 11-16 September 2011. The cultural and natural diversity of Hawaii, and its long history in weed biocontrol, make these islands an ideal site for reflection and discourse on the past, present and future of this field. (Info posted 11 January 2011)


2011 Pollinators Conference

The International Conference on Conservation and Management of Pollinators will be held 14-17 September 2011 in Malaysia. (Info posted 28 December 2010)


4th World Conference on Ecological Restoration

The Society for Ecological Restoration will hold the 4th World Conference on Ecological Restoration 21-25 August 2011. (Info posted 8 June 2011)


11th International Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions (EMAPi)

"Bridging the gap between scientific knowledge and management practice" is the theme of the 2011 EMAPi conference to be held 30 August to 3 September 2011 in Szombathely, Hungary. (Info posted 7 March 2011)


Comments requested for draft Hawaii Environmental Literacy Plan

The draft Hawaii Environmental Literacy Plan (HELP) is available for review. Please provide comments by 15 August 2011. (Info posted 22 July 2011)


Hawaii Conservation Week

Celebrate conservation week! From 24-30 July 2011, the State of Hawaii observes Conservation Week in recognition of our need to take care of Hawaii's unique natural environment. The week's events include a film festival, fishing day, lectures, and finally a volunteer fair on 30 July. (Info posted 22 July 2011)


2011 Hawaii Conservation Conference

The 2011 Hawaii Conservation Conference will be held 2-4 August 2011 in Honolulu. (Info posted 3 May 2011)


Summer course: Native hawaiian plants and restoration of the dryland forest

Nahelehele's summer course PDF icon on native hawaiian plants and restoration of the dryland forest will be offered June-July 2011 in Kona, Hawaii. (Info posted 3 May 2011)


Hawksbill Recovery Project - Maui

An overview of the Hawksbill Recovery Project will be presented at the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, (726 S. Kihei Rd) on Maui, on 2 June 2011, from 6-7:30 pm. Contact bo.petty@noaa.gov for more information. (Info posted 1 June 2011)


Professional development workshop for scientists and educators - Hilo

Communicating Ocean Sciences PDF icon, a professional development workshop for scientists and educators, will be offered 4-5 June 2011 at the University of Hawaii Hilo Campus. The workshop is free, and travel funds are available for neighbor island participants. (Info posted 21 March 2011)


HISC Working Group meetings scheduled

HISC Working Group meetings PDF icon are scheduled as follows: Prevention Working Group: Thursday, 14 July 2011, 1:00-4:00 pm, Established Pests Working Group: Friday, 15 July 2011, 9:00-12:00, Public Outreach Working Group: Friday, 15 July 2011, 1:00-4:00 pm. (Info posted 23 June 2011)


DOCARE/Makai Watch Training - Maui

DOCARE Observation and Incident Reporting training will be held on 23 June 2011 from 5:30-7:30 pm at a location to be announced. Contact Liz Foote at Lfoote@hawaii.rr.com for details. (Info posted 8 June 2011)


Global Conference of Entomology

The 2010 Global Conference of Entomology will be held 5-9 March 2011 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. (Info posted 10 June 2010)


Annual Imported Fire Ant Conference

The 2011 Imported Fire Ant Conference will be held 4-7 April 2011 in Galveston, Texas. (Info posted 13 January 2011)


Contaminant chemistry workshop series

Contaminant chemistry, transport, fate, and natural attenuation workshop series PDF icon will be held 11-15 April 2011 in Honolulu. (Info posted 9 February 2011)


New York 2011 Invasive Species Symposium: Databases and Beyond

A New York Natural Heritage Program symposium focusing on collecting, sharing, and aggregating invasive species data in the New York area will be held 5-6 April 2011 in Albany. (Info posted 24 January 2011)


Maui Nui Botanical Gardens' Community Planning Meeting

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens' community planning meeting PDF icon will be held 7 April 2011, 3-5pm, in the Sanford Memorial Hale at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in Kahului. The public is invited to share their ideas about the future of the Gardens. (Info posted 4 April 2011)


Conservation in a changing climate

How will climate change affect Hawaii? PDF icon Join Deanna Spooner of the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative for a discussion about the future of the region and what is being done to help human and natural communities adapt to a changing climate. The free lecture is sponsored by the Hawaii Conservation Council and ING Direct on 23 February 2011 in Honolulu. (Info posted 14 February 2011)


Free public lecture on endangered plants - Maui

"Working with the Plant Extinction Prevention Program in Hawaii and exploring Micronesia" PDF icon will be presented by Steve Perlman, research biologist at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens on Kauai, on 25 February 2011 in Pukalani, Maui. This lecture is sponsored by Native Hawaiian Plant Society. (Info posted 9 February 2011)


Free Teachers Workshop - Maui

A workshop on an invasive species curriculum PDF icon will be offered by the Maui Invasive Species Committee on 5 March 2011 at UH Maui College in Kahului. The workshop is free for teachers who are invited to evaluate the new invasive species module in the Hoike o Halaeakala Curriculum, and includes a free lunch. (Info posted 9 February 2011)


2011 Nahele Dryland Forest Symposium

The Nahelehele Dry Forest Symposium will be held 25 February 2011 at Keahou Resort, Hawaii Island. Field trips on 24 February to Waikaloa Dry Forest Recovery Project and Puu Waawaa Forest Reserve are offered. (Info posted 25 January 2011)


Pesticide risk reduction education short courses

A schedule of short courses to prepare for the Hawaii Department of Agriculture's certification exam for restricted use pesticides is posted by the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa. The schedule includes a course in Hilo on 15-17 February 2010. (Info posted 24 January 2011)


Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Symposium

The 3rd Annual Research Symposium sponsored by the Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Program at University of Hawaii in Hilo will be held 17-18 February 2011. Research presentations concerning ecology, evolution, environmental science and conservation biology related to Hawaii and the Pacific region are welcome. Studies examining the relationship between human communities and cultures, and environmental issues are also encouraged. (Info posted 3 January 2011)


Botanical illustration workshop

A botanical illustration workshop will be held at The National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kauai, 24 February to 6 March 2011. Instructors are illustrators Alice Tangerini from the Smithsonian Institution, and Wendy Hollender from The New York Botanical Garden. (Info posted 3 January 2011)


Exhibitors invited to Fourth Annual Ramsar World Wetlands Day

Exhibitors are invited PDF icon to participate in the Fourth Annual Ramsar World Wetlands Day on 5 February 2011 in Kailua, Oahu. The national theme for the 2011 program is "Forests for Water and Wetlands". Registration deadline is 21 January 2011. (Info posted 7 December 2010)


Workshop: Developing Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species

A workshop on preventing the introduction of invasive species PDF icon sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be held 2-3 February 2011 in Honolulu. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) planning is an international standard for reducing or eliminating the transport of unwanted "non-target" species during field-based operations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has developed an invasive species risk assessment and planning model that incorporates the five-step HACCP method as well as other risk assessment tools. (Info posted 8 December 2010)


Oceans Conference

Our Changing Oceans conference sponsored by the National Council for Science and the Environment will be held 19-21 January 2011 in Washington, D.C. (Info posted 28 December 2010)


Protect U.S. Community Invasive Species Network train-the-trainer webinar

A train-the-trainer introductory webinar PDF icon for the "Protect U.S. Community Invasive Species Network" will be held on Tuesday, 8 February 2011 at 9 am Hawaii-Aleution time. The training is appropriate for persons involved in invasive species detection and management. (Info posted 25 January 2011)


2011 Silent Invasion update

A free public update on hot-topic invasive species issues PDF icon will be held 25 January 2011 at the State Capitol Auditorium in Honolulu. The event is sponsored by CGAPS and the office of Representative Hermina Morita. (Info posted 13 January 2011)


Na Aina Kai Botanical Garden Tour - Kauai

A tour of the Na Aina Kai botanical garden PDF icon is the Kauai Native Plant Society's member enrichment activity scheduled for 29 January 2011. (Info posted 3 January 2011)


USDA Interagency Forum on Invasive Species

The USDA Interagency Forum on Invasive Species will be held 11-14 January 2011 in Annapolis, Maryland. (Info posted 1 October 2010)


Strategic Grant Writing Proposal Workshop

A grant writing workshop PDF icon will be presented by the Institute for Strategic Funding Development, 8-10 December 2010 at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. (Info posted 17 November 2010)


Training: Monitored natural attenuation of petroleum and chlorinated hydrocarbons in soil and groundwater

A workshop in monitored natural attenuation is being offered 16-17 December 2010 in Honolulu. (Info posted 17 November 2010)


National Environmental Policy Act training

A training course for preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) / Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be presented 9-10 December 2010 in Honolulu. (Info posted 9 November 2010)


UH Botany/Zoology seminars: Fall 2010 schedule

The 2010 fall semester schedule of seminars PDF icon presented by the University of Hawaii botany and zoology departments is posted. (Info posted 23 August 2010)


ACES Conference

ACES, A Community on Ecosystem Services is holding its conference 6-9 December 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. ACES provides a forum to discuss innovative methods, tools, and processes for assessing ecosystem services. (Info posted 8 January 2010)


Video contest for students

A new video contest PDF icon is being offered by the "Get to Know" program in celebration of 2011 International Year of Forests. Students can submit entries by 30 November 2010, or for a second contest by 28 May 2011. (Info posted 13 October 2010)


GIS training opportunity

Conservation-based GIS training PDF icon will be conducted on the Big Island if there is sufficient interest. The proposed "GIS Camp" format is proven to be more effective and enjoyable than computer lab training. (Info posted 1 August 2010)


Protect Hawaii and buy local for the holidays!

A free public event PDF icon to support Hawaii floral growers during this holiday season and to learn about invasive species will be held 14 November 2011 in Honolulu. (Info posted 10 November 2010)


Visiting botanist opportunity

The Gerritt Parmele Wilder endowed chair PDF icon with the Department of Botany at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is available for a distinguished botanist for the 2011/2012 academic year. Applications are accepted until 15 November 2010. (Info posted 1 October 2010)


Volcano "Eyes and Ears" workshop

Hawaii Early Detection Network workshops PDF icon will be held 15 November 2011 in Volcano, Hawaii Island. (Info posted 10 November 2010)


Contaminant transport, fate, and natural attenuation in soil and groundwater training

A series of three workshops on environmental contaminants in soil and groundwater will be presented by EOS Alliance. The courses will be held 13-17 December 2010 in Honolulu. (Info posted 10 November 2010)


HISC budget meeting

The Hawaii Invasive Species Council meeting PDF icon to discuss and approve the FY2011 budget will be held 27 October 2010 in Honolulu. (Info posted 17 October 2010)


Free lecture on biodiversity

"2010-International Year of Biodiversity: A Hawaiian Perspective" will be presented by Dr. Robert H. Cowie, on 27 October 2010 in Honolulu. This lecture is part of the Hawaii Conservation Alliance and ING DIRECT's free lecture series. (Info posted 13 October 2010)


Stream flood assessment and restoration enhancement in the Pacific Islands

A workshop on stream restoration PDF icon will be offered by Sustainable Seattle 25-29 October 2010 on Oahu. This week-long field intensive workshop will cover project planning, design and execution in the context of Polynesian geography, ecology and culture. (Info posted 11 October 2010)


Kauai Native Plant Society Guided Hike

Milolii Ridge Road hike in Kokee State Park PDF icon is the Kauai Native Plant Society's member enrichment activity scheduled for 16 October 2010. (Info posted 11 October 2010)


UH Botany Department PhD thesis presentation

Ecology and impacts of introduced rodents (rats and mice) in the Hawaiian Islands PDF icon will be presented by Aaron Shiels, University of Hawaii Botany Department PhD candidate, on 15 October 2010. (Info posted 11 October 2010)


Ocean Awareness Training Course

Ocean Aware Hawaii is offering training on Oahu and Maui in October 2010 that provides multi-disciplinary knowledge of Hawaii’s unique marine environment. The program is recommended for those employed or volunteering in the fields of marine education or recreation. Paricipants can earn C.O.R.A.L. certification (Care of our Culture, Oceans, Reefs and Animal Life). (Info posted 1 October 2010)


Hawaii Invasive Species Council Public Outreach Working Group meeting

The HISC Public Outreach Working Group meeting PDF icon will be held 21 October 2010 in Honolulu. (Info posted 29 September 2010)


Master Gardener Statewide Conference

"Growing Together in Hawaii" is the theme of the University of Hawaii master gardener conference to be held 15-17 October 2010 in Honolulu. (Info posted 10 September 2010)


Pesticide risk reduction education short courses

A schedule of short courses to prepare for the Hawaii Department of Agriculture's certification exam for restricted use pesticides is posted by the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa. The schedule includes a course on Oahu on 26-28 October 2010. (Info posted 7 September 2010)


Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge plan available

The draft Comprehensive Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment for Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge are available for public review and comment. Comments are welcome until 15 September 2010. (Info posted 25 August 2010)


Clean Water and Natural Lands Commission seeks applicants for land acquisition funding

A Honolulu City Council announcement PDF icon solicits applications for the Clean Water and Natural Lands Commission funding to support efforts to preserve and protect lands that have cultural significance, abundant natural resources, and recreational value on Oahu. Deadline for applications is 1 October 2010. (Info posted 24 August 2010)


37th Annual Natural Areas Conference

The 37th Annual Natural Areas Conference will be held 26-29 October 2010 in Osage Beach, Missouri. (Info posted 27 July 2010)


International Chromolaena eupatorieae and Parthenium workshop, Kenya

Workshops on biocontrol of invasive Eupatorieae and Parthenium, weeds of economic importance in Africa and the Pacific, will be held 1-5 November 2010 in Kenya. (Info posted 2 March 2010)


The 2010 Biological Control for Nature Conference

A conference on biological control of pests in forests and associated habitats will be held in Northampton, Massachusetts, from 3-7 October 2010. The meeting is supported by the USDA Forest Service (Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team,), USDA, ARS, the National Park Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the mid Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council. (Info posted 18 December 2009)


Scholarship and Educational Grants

Scholarship and grant opportunities for students are listed by the Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife on its blog. (Info posted 26 October 2009)


Kauai Native Plant Society "hands on" project

Restoring a unique native plant garden (Phase II) PDF icon is the latest Kauai Native Plant Society "hands on" project. Volunteers are invited to join the KNPS on 25 September 2010 at the garden located in upper Wailua at the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) Research Station. (Info posted 20 September 2010)


National Public Lands Day Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteers are invited to remove invasive red mangrove PDF icon at Ahua Reef Beach, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam on Oahu on 25 September 2010. Native Hawaiian shorebirds such as the Pacific golden plover, Hawaiian stilt, wandering tattler, ruddy turnstone, and sanderling cannot utilize coastal environments inhabited by non native mangrove species. This volunteer activity will help open the sand flats to the native birds. (Info posted 17 September 2010)


Conservation easements: An important tool in Hawaii's sustainability toolbox

A free workshop PDF icon highlighting available land preservation tools, including information on conservation easements and related programs, will be presented on 13 September 2010 at the Hawaii Agriculture Research Center on Oahu. Please RSVP by 9 September 2010. (Info posted 24 August 2010)


Hawaii Invasive Species Council Resources Working Group meeting

HISC Resources Working Group meeting PDF icon will be held 8 September 2010 at the Hawaii Department of Agriculture Plant Quarantine Conference Room in Honolulu. (Info posted 31 August 2010)


Presentation on Maui's native forest birds

A Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project lecture will be presented on 8 September 2010 at the Makawao Library on Maui. (Info posted 31 August 2010)


Kalo workshop - Maui

A kalo (taro) workshop will be held 4-6 September 2010 at the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens on Maui. This three day event will cover varieties of kalo, cultivation methods, and cultural applications. Space is limited and daily fees apply. (Info posted 31 August 2010)


Community meeting on mangrove eradication

A community meeting will be held Tuesday, 31 August 2010, 6 p.m. at the Pahoa Community Center to discuss the ongoing mangrove eradication project at several public and private properties on the Island of Hawaii, including the Wai Opae Marine Life Conservation District, Isaac Hale Beach Park at Pohoiki, and Onekahakaha beach park in Hilo. (Info posted 27 August 2010)


2010 Stiltgrass Summit

Online registration for the 2010 Stiltgrass Summit is open. The River to River Cooperative Weed Management Area is hosting a research and management summit on the invasive Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. 11-12 August 2010. (Info posted 21 July 2010)


Lecture on caves of Kauai

"Back to the future in the caves of Kauai: A scientist's adventures in the dark"  will be presented by David Burney, Director of Conservation of Kauai's National Tropical Botanical Garden. The lecture will be held 25 August 2010 in Honolulu as part of the Natural Treasures of Hawaii free lecture series sponsored by the Hawaii Conservation Alliance in partnership with ING DIRECT. (Info posted 13 August 2010)


2010 HISC Prevention Working Group meeting

HISC Prevention Working Group meeting PDF icon will be held 19 August 2010, at 9 am at the Hawaii Department of Agriculture Plant Quarantine Conference Room, 1849 Auiki Street, Honolulu. (Info posted 10 August 2010)


Orthoimagery for Hawaii

New developments in satellite-based orthoimagery PDF icon will be presented 16 August 2010 at the Pacific Disaster Center in Kihei, Maui. (Info posted 9 August 2010)


2010 HISC Established Pest Working Group meeting

HISC Established Pest Working Group meeting PDF icon will be held 16 August 2010, at 1:30 pm in the DLNR conference room 322-C, Honolulu. (Info posted 5 August 2010)


Professional development workshop for education directors and managers - Maui

Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences (COSIA) workshop  PDF icon will be held 7-9 August 2010 at the University of Hawaii Maui College. The workshop will be conducted by science educators from the Lawrence Hall of Science. The workshop (including all materials, coffee breaks, and lunch) is FREE through a National Science Foundation grant. Limited stipends are available for neighbor island participants. (Info posted 17 June 2010)


2010 Hawaii Conservation Conference

Register for the 2010 Hawaii Conservation Conference to be held 4-6 August 2010 in Honolulu. (Info posted 5 March 2010)


2nd International Workshop: Invasive Plants in the Mediterranean Type Regions of the World

An international workshop on invasive plants in Mediterranean-type regions will be held in Turkey from 2-6 August 2010. (Info posted 21 January 2010)


2009 Hawaii Conservation Conference presentations available online

2009 Hawaii Conservation Conference presentations are available online. (Info posted 11 August 2009)


Huliau Roadshow

Screenings of the film Huliau will be shown 18 July at Haleiwa Farmers' Market, 24 July at Hawaii Kai Farmers' Market, and 31 July 2010 at the Hawaii Conservation Fair in Honolulu. The film encourages viewers to find their passions and to reconnect their relationship with the environment through a visually stimulating journey underwater, over unique natural landscapes, and through painted illustrations. (Info posted 14 July 2010)


Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) 2008 report online

The 2008 ISSG report PDF icon from the World Conservation Congress, held in Barcelona, October 2008, is available online. (Info posted 16 January 2009)


Free talk: The status of Maui's coral reef ecosystems

Pacific Whale Foundation's free lecture series will feature Russell Sparks, Education Specialist of Hawaii's Division of Aquatic Resources, Maui Office. He will present the results of more than 15 years of monitoring of Maui's coral reef ecosystems on 15 July 2010 at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center, Maalaea, Maui. (Info posted 12 July 2010)


Guava rust seminar

"Molecular genetic studies to characterize guava rust (Puccinia psidii): An invasive pathogen of native Hawaiian forests and a potential threat to Myrtaceae world-wide"  PDF icon will be presented in Honolulu on 13 July and in Hilo on 15 July 2010. The seminar is by Rodrigo Neves Graça, from the Universidade de Viçosa, Brazil. He is collaborating with the Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife's on guava rust research. (Info posted 6 July 2010)


Big Island Invasive Species Committee (BIISC) presentation

"Invasive Species and the Habits of Bugs" PDF icon, a BIISC presentation by Page Else, will be held 14 June 2010 in Hilo. (Info posted 7 June 2010)


Lecture on Hawaii's monk seal

Natural Treasures of Hawaii free lecture series sponsored by the Hawaii Conservation Alliance in partnership with ING DIRECT, presents "Saving Hawaii's Monk Seal" by Jeff Walters on 26 May 2010 at ING DIRECT cafe in Honolulu. (Info posted 23 May 2010)


Smithsonian symposium: Pacific islands and reefs

Evolution of life on Pacific islands and reefs: Past, present, and future will be held 26-30 May 2011 at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Honolulu. The symposium will cover the contribution of Pacific biogeographic research to the fields of ecology, evolution, and conservation biology, and will highlight the contribution of indigenous knowledge to these subjects. (Info posted 24 March 2010)


Weeds Across Borders Conference

"Plant Invasions: Policies, Pollitics, and Practices" is the theme of the Weeds Across Borders conference to be held 1-4 June 2010 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. (Info posted 30 December 2009)


Institute for Strategic Funding Development workshop

A strategic grant writing proposal workshop PDF icon sponsored by the Institute for Strategic Funding Development will be held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa 19-21 May 2010. (Info posted 3 May 2010)


National Native Seed Conference

The National Native Seed Conference, presented by the Institute for Applied Ecology and Bureau of Land Management, will focus on strategies to develop a national native seed supply that has the flexibility to meet short-term emergency stabilization and rehabilitation needs and to satisfy demand for longer-term restoration projects, including habitat restoration and hazardous fuels reduction. The conference will be held 17-21 May 2010 in Snowbird, Utah. (Info posted 26 October 2009)


2010 Imported Fire Ant (IFA) Conference

The 2010 IFA Conference PDF icon will be held 19-22 April 2010 at the Little Rock Doubletree located along the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas. (Info posted 11 September 2009)


International invasive ant management workshop

A workshop on management of invasive ants will be held in Darwin, Australia on 27-29 April 2010. The workshop aims to facilitate networking among people involved in invasive ant management, and improve the incorporation of research and ant biology into management. (Info posted 3 June 2009, updated 5 October 2009)


Monk seal count on Maui and Lanai

The 7th Semi-annual Main Hawaiian Islands Monk Seal Count PDF icon will be held 17 April 2010. Volunteers are needed on Maui and Lanai. (Info posted 18 March 2010)


Hawaiian heritage and environmental sustainability fair

A Hawaiian heritage and environmental sustainability fair PDF icon will be held 17 April 2010 at Paia Gardens, Maui. (Info posted 2 March 2010)


Kapiolani Community College Earth Day 2010

Earth Day will be celebrated at Kapiolani Community College PDF icon on 22 April 2010. The Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the KCC Sustainability Committee are planning the activity, and they ask for participation by organizations and vendors involved in environmental awareness and/or sustainability. (Info posted 15 February 2010)


Species Introductions and Re-introductions: Symposium 2010

"Species Introductions and Re-introductions: Opportunities and Challenges" is the theme of the symposium sponsored by the American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society, 8-9 April 2010 in Mississippi. Abstracts are due 1 February 2010. (Info posted 5 January 2010)


Ahihi-Kinau/Keoneoio Advisory Group meeting

The Ahihi-Kinau/Keoneoio Advisory Group meeting PDF icon will be held 8 April 2010 in Kihei, Maui. The public is invited to attend and participate in the discussion. (Info posted 1 April 2010)


Hawaii Conservation Alliance free lecture "

"Hawaii Kua Uli: The sweep of Hawaiian ecosystems PDF icon will be presented by Dr. Sam Gon on 31 March 2010 in Honolulu. (Info posted 24 March 2010)


Maui wastewater meeting

County of Maui's Wastewater Community Working Group meeting PDF icon will be held 1 April 2010 in Wailuku. The public is encouraged to attend. (Info posted 24 March 2010)


Pesticide risk reduction education short courses

A schedule of short courses to prepare for the Hawaii Department of Agriculture's certification exam for restricted use pesticides is posted by the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Upcoming courses are scheduled for Hilo, on 30 March to 1 April 2010. and Molokai on 13-15 April 2010. (Info updated 17 November 2009)


Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council's 25th Annual Symposium

The 2010 FLEPPC symposium promises to be another thought-provoking meeting with the latest information on a variety of topics related to invasive species in Florida. The meeting will be held 5-8 April 2010 in Crystal River, Florida. Abstracts are due 30 November 2009. (Info posted 28 October 2009)


Planting service trip - West Maui

Join volunteers to plant at Honolua Wao Kele PDF icon on 18 March 2010 on Maui. (Info posted 15 March 2010)


Kauai Native Plant Society "Dirty Hands" project

Restoring a unique native plant garden (Phase 1) PDF icon is the next KNPS "Dirty Hands" project, scheduled for 20 March 2010 at the Wailua College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) Research Station. (Info posted 2 March 2010)


Project Learning Tree Workshops for teachers on Maui

A free environmental education workshop PDF icon is being offered on Maui by Project Learning Tree on 20 March 2010. (Info posted 9 March 2010)


HISC Public Outreach Working Group meeting

The agenda for the Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC) Public Outreach Working Group meeting PDF icon, to be held 19 March 2010 in Honolulu, is posted. (Info posted 8 March 2010)


Project Learning Tree Workshops

Free environmental education workshops are being offered on Maui and Oahu by Project Learning Tree on 20 February 2010 on Oahu and on 20 March 2010 on Maui. (Info posted 2 February 2010)


My Hawaii Story Project

"My Hawaii" Story Project a middle school environmental writing contest sponsored by the Hawaii Conservation Alliance, will be accepting entries until 11 March 2010. (Info posted 8 January 2010)


NPS George Melendez Wright Climate Change Fellowship

A National Park Service student fellowship program offers opportunities for research on climate change impacts to protected areas and to increase the use of scientific knowledge toward resource management. Applications are due 15 March 2010. (Info posted 17 February 2010)


Fern presentation - Maui

Learn about ferns PDF icon at Maui's Native Hawaiian Plant Society's presentation featuring Dr. Tom Ranker from the University of Hawaii on 26 February 2010 in Pukalani. (Info posted 22 February 2010)


"Dirty Hands" project Kauai

Preserving native plants near Makauwahi cave PDF icon is the next "Dirty Hands" project sponsored by the Kauai Native Plant Society. The work project will be held 20 February 2010. (Info posted 9 February 2010)


Invasive plant inventory and survey methods for land managers: A web seminar series

Free web seminars presented by the Center for Invasive Plant Management include "Digital Aerial Sketch-Mapping for Early Detection and Mapping" on 16 February 2010 and "Remote Sensing for Detection of Nonindigenous Species" on 24 February 2010. (Info posted 21 January 2010)


Eco-Comedy Video Competition

A video contest with $1000 prize is sponsored by the Center for Environmental Filmmaking. Short, humorous videos addressing environmental issues for posting on YouTube are due 1 March 2010. (Info posted 3 February 2010)


Project Learning Tree Workshops

Free environmental education workshops are being offered on Maui and Oahu by Project Learning Tree on 20 February 2010 on Oahu and on 20 March 2010 on Maui. (Info posted 2 February 2010)


Maui Whale Festival

The Maui Whale Festival is series of whale-themed events like a fun-run, parade, whale count, and free talks hosted by the nonprofit Pacific Whale Foundation during February 2010. Whale Day will be celebrated 20 February 2010. (Info posted 25 January 2010)


Recovery Youth Conservation Corps (RYCC) service day

Maui's RYCC AmeriCorps service day will be held 15 February 2010. RYCC members will remove invasive plants, plant native plants, and clean debris at Kanaha pond. (Info posted 22 January 2010)


PIPES program seeking mentors

The Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES) program is seeking Hawaii-based federal, state, county, non-profit, and private agencies to serve as host mentors for summer interns. The program provides interns with experience in research, natural and cultural resource management, and environmental education and outreach. Please request interns by 5 February 2010. (Info posted 21 January 2010)


Strengthening Community Agrosecurity Planning Workshop

An agrosecurity planning workshop PDF icon will be held on Oahu 22-23 February 2010 and on Hawaii 25-26 February 2010. The workshop is sponsored by the University of Hawaii Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences and Hawaii Civil Defense. Invasive species personnel are encouraged to attend. Deadline for applications is 13 January 2010. (Info posted 30 December 2009)


Invasive Plant Inventory and Survey Methods for Land Managers

Registration for a free web seminar series  on invasive plant inventory and survey methods is open. The six weekly seminars, presented by Center for Invasive Plant Management and partners, will start 13 January 2010. (Info posted 1 December 2009)


Joint Annual Meeting of the Society for Rangeland Management and the Weed Science Society of America

Meeting of the Society for Rangeland Management and the Weed Science Society of America will be held 7-11 February 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The meeting includes an invasive plant symposium. (Info posted 11 August 2009)


New Zealand island invasives conference

Island Invasives: Eradication and Management conference will be held at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, from 8 to 12 February 2010. The conference is hosted by the Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity (University of Auckland and Landcare Research), in collaboration with the IUCN/SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group. (Info posted 31 March 2009)


Two Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) conferences in February 2010

Two ISSG conferences will be held in New Zealand in February 2010. "Ecology of Insular Biotas" is the theme of the first conference, scheduled for 1-5 February, followed by "Island Invasives: Eradication and Management" on 8-12 February 2010. (Info posted 20 November 2008)


West Nile Virus testing

The Hawaii Department of Health is testing dead birds for West Nile Virus in order to prevent this disease from arriving in Hawaii. Please help out and call 211 when you see a dead bird. 211 is the toll-free Aloha United Way hotline. Note the species of bird you see and the exact location. For more information, see the HDOA's West Nile Virus web page. (Info posted 08 DEC 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.hawaii.gov/health/family-child-health/contagious-disease/wnv/index.html)


Hearing - invasive species bill

Hearing on HB 1928 relating to invasive species PDF icon will be held 26 January 2010. (Info posted 25 January 2010)


Hawaii Conservation Alliance monthly lecture

"Walk on the Wild Side", a free lecture by Betsy Gagne, Executive Secretary of the Natural Area Reserves System Commission, will be presented 27 January 2010 at the Ing Direct Cafe in Honolulu. (Info posted 22 January 2010)


HISC Public Outreach Working Group Meeting

A meeting of the HISC Public Outreach Working Group  PDF icon will be held 19 January 2010 to discuss ongoing budget issues and outreach projects. Attendance by HISC Voting Members is not required. Those who are interested in invasive species outreach are encouraged to attend. This meeting is open to the public. (Info posted 8 January 2010)


Blue Oceans Day

Wear blue for the ocean PDF icon on the 4th floor lanai of the Hawaii State Capitol on Wednesday 13 January 2010, between 11 am-3 pm to celebrate our oceans and marine life, and show support for stronger federal protections for our threatened oceans. (Info posted 8 January 2010)


Hawaii Botanical Society meeting

The Hawaii Botanical Society meeting PDF icon will feature Dieter Mueller-Dombois' presentation "Five Decades of Vegetation Development in the Devastation Area created by the 1959 Explosion of Kilauea Iki" on 11 January 2010 at the University of Hawaii St. John building. The Hawaii Botanical Society meets on the first Monday of every month at 7:00pm. (Info posted 30 December 2009)


Koieie Fishpond Fun Run - Maui

Holoholo Fo Da Loko!  PDF icon Start the new year off right and help support Aoao O Na Loko Ia O Maui and the revitalization of Koieie Fishpond on Maui by participating in the fun run fundraiser on 2 January 2010. (Info posted 17 December 2009)


Public Lands Program Capacity Building Grants

The Public Lands Program Capacity Building Grants are designed to provide funding to strengthen the organizational effectiveness of community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits whose mission is focused on serving a public lands site in the United States. Deadline for grant applications is 3 December 2009. (Info posted 29 October 2009)


The 2009-2010 Jack Jeffrey Conservation Education Grant

The 2009-2010 Jack Jeffrey Grant PDF icon is available for conservation education on the Big Island. Closing date for proposals is 12 December 2009. (Info posted 12 October 2009)


The Center for Plant Conservation workshop

The Center for Plant Conservation applied plant conservation workshop will be held 16-21 November 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Center for Plant Conservation, with botanists nationwide, has designed this training to present an overview of seventeen important conservation topics during one week of intensive classroom instruction. Tuition is free for Department of Interior personnel. (Info posted 9 September 2009)


KNPS "Dirty Hands" Project

Kauai Native Plant Society's "Dirty Hands" project PDF icon will be held 24 October 2009 in Kalaheo, Kauai. Volunteers will remove invasive weeds from around rare native plants at National Tropical Botanical Garden's dry forest site. (Info posted 14 October 2009)


Run for the Dry Forest

The 4th Run for the Dry Forest will be held 24 October 2009 at Puu Waawaa on the Big Island. The run supports conservation of dry forests in Hawaii. The event features a challengin 10K trail run, 5K run/walk and keiki run. (Info posted 9 October 2009)


DNLR/DOFAW Brown Bag Seminar

The ontogeny of plant defense and herbivory PDF icon will be presented 15 October 2009 at Kalanimoku Bldg, 1151 Punchbowl St, Room 131, Honolulu, by Kasey E. Barton of the University of Hawaii Botany Department. (Info posted 9 October 2009)


Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) requests proposals

Hawaii Tourism Authority is soliciting proposals for projects that respect, enhance and perpetuate Hawaii's natural resources to ensure a high level of satisfaction for residents and visitors. Deadline for proposals is 5 October 2009. (Info posted 24 August 2009)


North American Association For Environmental Education (NAAEE) 2009 Conference

The 2009 NAAEE conference with the theme "The Power of Partnerships: Creative Leadership in Environmental Education", will be held 7-10 October 2009 in Portland, Oregon. The 6th Annual Research Symposium will be held prior to the NAAEE conference, 6-7 October. (Info posted 15 June 2009)


Hawaii Volunteer Snapshot Day

Snapshot Day PDF icon, 3 October 2009, is an annual event to promote awareness and increase stewardship in volunteer water quality monitoring in various communities around the state. (Info posted 22 September 2009)


HISC Public Outreach Working Group meeting

The Hawaii Invasive Species Committee Public Outreach Working Group meeting PDF icon will be held 28 September 2009 at 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 121, Honolulu, 1-3 pm. The public is invited. (Info posted 22 September 2009)


Maui Bird Conservation Center open house

Celebrate Nene Awareness Day PDF icon by visiting the Maui Bird Conservation Center on 26 September 2009 in Olinda, Maui. Reservations are required for the free tours. (Info posted 21 September 2009)


Hawaii Invasive Species Council meeting

The Hawaii Invasive Species Council meeting PDF icon will be held 10 to 12 am, 18 September 2009 at the Plant Quarantine Branch Conference Room, Honolulu. This meeting is open to the public. (Info posted 11 September 2009)


HISC Working Group meeting schedule

The September 2009 HISC working group meeting schedule PDF icon and venues are available. (Info posted 9 September 2009)


KCFB general membership meeting

A Kauai Community Farm Bureau meeting PDF icon will be held 23 September 2009. Topics include pest mitigation for agricultural exports and best agricultural practices. (Info posted 9 September 2009)


Pesticide risk reduction education short courses

A schedule of short courses to prepare for the Hawaii Department of Agriculture's certification exam for restricted use pesticides is posted by the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Upcoming courses are scheduled for Oahu on 16-18 September 2009. (Info updated 20 July 2009)


Kauai Arbor Day

A plant give-away PDF icon is scheduled for 7 November 2009 in celebration of Arbor Day in Kauai. (Info posted 4 November 2009)


It's for the Birds

A gala event for the The Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project will be held 14 November 2009 at the Hui Noeau Visual Arts Center on Maui. The event features music, food, and presentations to benefit future research and recovery efforts of Maui's native forest birds. (Info posted 20 October 2009)


Funds for field trips available for educators

Target field trip grants of up to $800 are available to educators as part of Target's "Take Education on the Road" program. Deadline for applications is 3 November 2009. (Info posted 25 August 2009)


5th Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases

The Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases will hold its 5th Dialogue Meeting 27-28 October 2009 in San Francisco. (Info posted 7 July 2009)


International Congress on Biological Invasions

The 2009 International Congress on Biological Invasions (ICBI) will be held 2-6 November 2009 in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China. The theme of ICBI is managing biological invasions under global change. (Info posted 16 October 2008.)


Testimony accepted regarding predator fence at Kaena Point

Testimony will be accepted at the City and County of Honolulu meeting 3 November 2009 at 9 am regarding a Special Management Area Permit and Shoreline Setback Variance for the proposed predator-proof fence at Kaena Point which will protect nesting seabirds. (Info posted 1 November 2009)


Hawaii Botanical Society meeting

The Hawaii Botanical Society meeting PDF icon will be held 7pm on 14 September 2009 at the St John Building, University of Hawaii, Manoa. (Info posted 9 September 2009)


HISC Public Outreach Working Group meeting

The HISC Public Outreach Working Group meeting PDF icon will be held 14 September 2009 in Honolulu. (Info posted 9 September 2009)


HISC Resources Working Group meeting

The HISC Resources Working Group meeting PDF icon will be held 9 to 12 am, 17 September 2009 at the Plant Quarantine Branch Conference Room, Honolulu. This meeting is open to the public. (Info posted 11 September 2009)


HISC Established Pests Working Group meeting

The HISC Established Pest Working Group meeting PDF icon will be held 14 September 2009 in Honolulu. (Info posted 9 September 2009)


36th Natural Areas Conference

The 36th Natural Areas Conference will be held 15-18 September 2009 in Vancouver, Washington. The conference will examine the many "edges" in conservation land management, including edges for species, habitats, human society and the earth. (Info posted 29 May 2009)


7th European Vertebrate Pest Management Conference

The 7th European Vertebrate Pest Management Conference  will be held 8-12 September 2009 in Lyons, France. The conference will address fundamental aspects of biology, methodology, legislation, and the consequences of the modifications of habitats, behaviour and populations in vertebrate pest management. (Info posted 5 May 2009)


Natural areas conference - Washington

The 36th Annual Natural Areas Conference, hosted by the Natural Areas Association and Washington State Department of Natural Resources, will be held 15 to 18 September 2009 in Vancouver, Washington. (Info posted 31 March 2009)


Waihee Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge Annual Picnic

A picnic at the Waihee Refuge PDF icon on Maui will be held 5 September 2009. Come and enjoy a native bird tour, guided refuge walks, and free food. (Info posted 31 August 2009)


Funding for educators through Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program

B-WET grants are available to Hawaii educators. The B-WET Hawaii Program is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment on priority topics, such understanding climate change, earth sciences and community resilience to hazards. Funded projects provide meaningful watershed educational experiences for students, related professional development for teachers, and support regional education and environmental priorities. Deadline for applications is 31 August 2009. (Info posted 25 August 2009)


International Swine Flu Conference

An International Swine Flu Conference will be held 19-21 August 2009 in Washington, DC. (Info posted 10 August 2009)


Future for Nature Award 2010

Future for Nature Foundation will be accepting nominations for young to mid-career conservationists for a 50,000 euro award. Deadline for applications is 16 August 2009. (Info posted 9 June 2009)


The 5th Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council Conference

A conference on complicating factors in invasive plant management PDF icon will be held 11-12 August 2009 at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Info posted 4 June 2009)


2009 Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions

The 10th International Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions (EMAPi 10) will be held 23-27 August 2009 near Stellenbosch, South Africa. Specific focuss areas will include molecular ecology of plant invasions, invader-induced trophic cascades, novel ecosystems, human dimensions of plant invasions, mapping and modelling of plant invasions, methods for risk analysis in biosecurity, managing invasive plants, and biofuel species. (Info posted 24 October 2008)


Invasive mammals symposium

A symposium on invasive mammals in the neotropics PDF icon will be included in the 10th International Mammalogical Conference held 9-14 August 2009 in Mendoza, Argentina. (Info posted 16 October 2008)


10th International Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions (EMAPi 10)

EMAPi 10 will be held near Stellenbosch, South Africa, on 23-27 August 2009. This conference is the premier international forum for researchers working on all aspects relating to the ecology and management of alien plant invasions. (Info posted 09 July 2008)


Hawaii County Council meeting to discuss biocontrol

Hawaii County Council meeting agenda includes resolution #80-09 that "requests a ban on the release of biological control agents on the Island of Hawaii...for any tree species related to the ohia." The meeting will be held 9 am on 19 August 2009 in Keahou. Kona. (Info posted 18 July 2009)


Lyon Arboretum lecture

A lecture on how seed dormancy studies serve plant conservation PDF icon will be held 3 August 2009 at the Lyon Arboretum in Honolulu. (Info posted 15 July 2009)


Statewide Assessment of Hawaii Forests from Reef to Ridge

A free presentation on statewide assessment of Hawaii forests from reef to ridge PDF icon will be held 29 July 2009 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. (Info posted 27 July 2009)


Hawaii Invasive Species Council Public Outreach Working Group Meeting

HISC's Public Outreach Working Group meeting PDF icon will be held 27 July 2009 at 300 Ala Moana Blvd., room 3-127, Honolulu, from 1 to 4 pm. (Info posted 21 July 2009)


2009 Hawaii Conservation Conference

The 2009 Hawaii Conservation Conference sponsored by the Hawaii Conservation Alliance will be held 28-30 July 2009 in Honolulu. The theme of the conference is "Hawaii in a Changing Climate". Abstracts are due 20 March 2009. (Info posted 23 January 2009)


Native Plant Conservation Initiative funding opportunities

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is soliciting proposals for the 2009 Native Plant Conservation Initiative grants cycle. The grant program funds projects that focus on the conservation of native plants and pollinators under six focal areas: conservation, education, restoration, research, sustainability, and data linkages. Application deadline: 1 July 2009. (Info posted 26 May 2009)


Aquatic Plant Management Society student paper contests

The Aquatic Plant Management Society is soliciting student papers for the upcoming 49th Annual Meeting to be held 12-15 July 2009 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Info posted 28 January 2009)


Grant for brown tree snake control

A grant for brown tree snake control in Guam is available from the US Department of Interior. Deadline for application is 6 July 2009. (Info posted 29 June 2009)


Save Kauai's forests, a vine at a time!

The Banana Poka RoundUp PDF icon that plucky mountain event that celebrates Kauai's natural environment, will occur on Sunday, 21 June 2009 in Kokee State Park. Every year, the colorful event "rounds up" visitors, families and residents for a cool day of mountain music, workshops, exhibits, and family activities that has become a tradition on Kauai's west side. (Info posted 16 June 2009)


International Conference on Biodiversity Informatics

The e-Biosphere 09 International Conference on Biodiversity Informatics   will be held 1-3 June 2009 in London. (Info posted 30 April 2009)


Hawaii Nei 2009 Art Contest

An art contest celebrating native species PDF icon is being sponsored by the Volcano Art Center on the Big Island with the support of the Hawaii Natural Area Reserves System and the Three Mountain Alliance watershed partnership. Submissions are due 31 May 2009. (Info posted 3 March 2009)


Strawberry guava discussion meetings

"Open house" meetings PDF icon to discuss the strawberry guava threat and biocontrol management plan are being hosted by the U.S. Forest Service. Meetings are scheduled for 27 April (Maui), 29 April (Kauai), 30 April (Oahu), 14 May (Hilo), 18 May 2009 (Kona). (Info posted 16 April 2009)


Pacific Island Biota meeting

"Evolution of Pacific Island Biota" meeting PDF icon will be held on 20-22 May 2010, with pre- and post-meeting field trips and workshops. It will be hosted by the Botany Department at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Info posted 16 April 2009)


Kauai garden classes

The University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture's Garden Class series PDF icon will be held Saturdays from 25 April to 23 May 2009 at Kauai Community College. Topics include identification and prevention of termites, the culture of awa and papaya, and suppression of fruit flies in the garden. (Info posted 7 April 2009)


The mathematics of invasions in ecology and epidemiology

A session for graduate students in applied mathematics, biology and epidemiology, who wish to learn important mathematical techniques for modelling biological invasions, is being offered at the Banff International Research Station in Canada 10-17 May 2009. (Info posted 16 January 2009)


2nd International Conference on Miconia

The 2nd International Conference on Miconia will be hosted by Maui Invasive Species Committee and held in Maui, Hawaii on 4-7 May 2009. Presentation topics include the biology of miconia, status of miconia's distribution, efficacy of different control methods, biocontrol agents, economic impacts, and outreach efforts. For more information, contact miconiaconf09@gmail.com. (Info posted 10 July 2008)


Grant for rare plant propagation

A Hawaii rare plant propagation grant is available for public and state controlled institutions of higher education. The contractor will work with the Volcano Rare Plant Facility on Hawaii Island to propagate endangered Clermontia and Cyanea species. Closing date: 22 April 2009. (Info posted 8 April 2009)


HCA needs volunteers for outreach events

Hawaii Conservation Alliance needs volunteers PDF icon for outreach activities on 11 April 2009 at the Mad About Science Festival at the Bishop Museum and on 22 April 2009 at the Green Market Celebration in Honolulu. (Info posted 6 April 2009)


Maui Earth Day celebration at Baldwin Park

"Live consciously, consume sustainably" is the theme of the Maui Earth Day celebration at Baldwin Park on Sunday 19 April 2009. (Info posted 6 April 2009)


Earth Day celebration at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens

Celebrate Earth Day on Maui PDF icon at the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens on Saturday 18 April 2009. Entertainment, education, plant sale, and cultural activities are all part of the celebration. (Info posted 31 March 2009)


Odum Conference 2009

The 2009 Odum Conference, "Understanding and managing biological invasions as dynamic processes: integrating information across space and time", sponsored by the New York Invasive Species Research Institute, will be held in New York on 30 April to 1 May 2009. (Info posted 23 January 2009)


Annual Brown Treesnake Working Group Technical Meeting

The annual BTS working group technical meeting PDF icon will be held 15-17 April 2009 in Saipan. A draft agenda PDF icon is available. (Info posted 23 January 2009, draft agenda posted 7 April 2009.)


16th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species

The 16th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species will be held 19 to 23 April 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Abstracts are due 1 August 2008. (Info posted 10 June 2008 by PN.)


Annual Imported Fire Ant Conference

The 2009 Annual Imported Fire Ant Conference will be held 6-9 April 2009 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Info posted 23 January 2009)


Western Aquatic Plant Management Society meeting

The Western Aquatic Plant Management Society will hold its 28th annual meeting in Honolulu 29 March to 1 April 2009. The society promotes the management of non-native and nuisance aquatic vegetation. Students register free. (Info posted 4 February 2009)


Sixth International IPM Symposium

The Sixth International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium, "Transcending Boundaries," will be held in Portland, Oregon on 24-26 March 2009. For more information see the conference webpage. (Info posted 26 APR 2007 by LF.)


Global Climate Change in the United States

Public comments on the draft report "Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States" are being solicited by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce. Comments are due by 27 February 2009. (Info posted 13 February 2009)


2009 Nahelehele Dry Forest Symposium

The Nahelehele Dry Forest Symposium brings together researchers and conservationists to share their ideas on how to keep dry forest habitats healthy and how to restore them where possible. The symposium will be held 27 February 2009 at Keauhou Beach Hotel, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. (Info posted 16 January 2009)


Special workshop: Synthesizing ecology and evolution for the study of invasive species

An invasive species workshop PDF icon to promote the integration of ecological and evolutionary perspectives and approaches will be held 19 to 22 March 2009 in North Lake Tahoe, California. (Info posted 12 January 2009)


World Wetlands Day 2009

The 2nd Annual Ramsar World Wetlands Day  PDF icon will be observed on Monday, 16 February 2009 (President's Day) at the Kawainui Neighborhood Park on Oahu. This free event recognizes the designation of the Kawainui-Hamakua Marsh Complex as a Ramsar wetland of international importance. (Info posted 06 January 2009)


13th Pacific Entomology Conference

Hawaiian Entomological Society's 2009 conference PDF icon will be held 18-19 February 2009 in Waikiki. The Conference will feature special symposia on biological control, honeybee health, yellowjacket control and area-wide IPM. (Info posted 15 December 2008)


Pesticides and fish and wildlife resources course

A US Fish and Wildlife Service course PDF icon on major types of pesticides that may affect fish and wildlife resources is being offered 23-27 February 2009, at the Marine Corps Base in Kaneohe, Hawaii. (Info posted 16 October 2008.)


Pacific Science Inter-congress

The 11th Pacific Science Inter-congress will be held 02-06 March 2009 in Tahiti, French Polynesia. The conference theme is "Pacific countries and their ocean facing local and global changes". (Info posted 15 September 2008 by PN.)


Pest Management Classes at Maui Community College

Classes on invasive species PDF icon will be offered at night at Maui Community College this academic year. These clases are offered only every other year, and benefit those in resource management, farming and the green industry. (Info posted 14 August 2008 by PN.)


Maui Nui Botanical Garden native plant sale

A native Hawaiian plant sale PDF icon will be held at the Maui Nui Botanical Garden in Kahului, Maui on 24 January 2009 from 9 to 12 noon. (Info posted 16 January 2009)


Hawaii Aquatics Conference

The 5th Hawaii Aquatics Conference PDF icon will be held on Kauai at the Aloha Beach Hotel on 10-11 January 2009. The two-day event will focus on sustainable ecosystems and fisheries. The conference sponsors include the Hawaii Audubon Society, the Division of Aquatic Resources, DLNR, and the Marine Conservation Biology Institute. (Info posted 06 January 2009)


Student Travel Grants - International Biogeography Society

Student Travel Grants to attend the 2009 International Biogeography Society meeting are available for students to attend the 2009 International Biogeography Society biennial meeting, which will be held 08-12 January 2009 in Merida, Mexico. (URL: http://www.biogeography.org/html/Meetings/2009/travel.html) (posted 08 October 2008)


Course: Effective Leadership and Communication Tools for Environmental Management and Conservation

An Effective Leadership and Communication Tools for Environmental Management and Conservation course PDF icon for graduate students and conservation professionals. This course will take place January 4-14, 2009 at the Smithsonian's Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia, USA. The cost is US$2,000 for non-credit or a graduate credit-hour fee; costs include instruction, course materials, lodging, food and local transportation. Course topics include foundation skills for the environmental leader, determining mission and vision, negotiation and conflict resolution strategies, communication techniques, strategic and project planning and more. (URL: http://tinyurl.com/nzleadershipjan2009) (posted 08 October 2008)


20th USDA interagency research forum on invasive species

The 20th USDA interagency research forum on invasive species PDF icon will be held 13-16 January 2009 in Annapolis, Maryland. In addition to the general sessions, this year's program will include several invited and offered presentations on topics that are relevant to the issue of non-native invasive species. (URL: http://www.fs.fed.us/ne/morgantown/4557/forum/FirstAnnouncement09.pdf) (posted 08 October 2008)


Pacific invasive ants poster

The Bohart Museum of Entomology at UC Davis is offering a poster with beautiful images of the most common Pacific invasive ants. Inquiries and bulk orders can be directed to Eli Sarnat at ndemik@yahoo.com. (Info posted 25 February 2008 by PN.) (URL: http://www.bohartmuseum.com/pacific-invasive-ants--poster.html)


Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC) report to the legislature available

A summary PDF icon and full Legislative Report PDF icon pertaining to invasive species and the Hawaii Invasive Species Council are available online. The report covers activities and costs of the invasive species program. (Info posted 10 January 2008 by PN.) (URLs: hhttp://www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/reports/FW08-2008-REPORT-SUMMARY-FINAL.pdf;  http://www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/reports/FW08-%20Invasive-Species-Report-Chapter-194-Act-213-SLH07%20.pdf)


2007 Hawaii Conservation Conference videos online

Video presentations from the July, 2007, Hawaii Conservation Conference can be viewed online or downloaded as podcasts, thanks to the Hawaii Conservation Alliance. (Info posted 14 November 2007 by PN.) (URL: http://hawaiiconservation.org/2007HCCVideos.asp)


Kalaupapa Herbarium Voucher Specimens

Images of Kalaupapa herbarium voucher specimens are available online on the HEAR website. Over 900 images of over 400 taxa are included. Thanks to Guy Hughes and Mike Wysong for making this resource available. (Info posted 15 October 2007 by PN.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/molokai/kalaupapa/herbarium/)


Pesticide training Maui

A pesticide update and pre-emergent herbicide field day PDF icon will be held 17 December 2008 at the Maui Cooperative Extension Service, Bldg 214, Kahului (campus of Maui Community College). (Info posted 12 December 2008)


Hawaii Invasive Species Council research and technology grants

A request for proposals PDF icon has been issued by the Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC). HISC promotes effective tools for the management of alien invasive species using the best available scientific information. Research proposals that provide clear links between management and research or the effective application of technology will be given first priority. Deadline for proposals is 05 January 2009. (Info posted 17 November 2008)


Call for applications for Ph.D. traineeships

University of Minnesota Risk Analysis for Introduced Species and Genotypes program is seeking PhD candidates to contribute workable solutions to policy questions and problems affecting management of introduced species and genotypes. Application deadline is 15 December 2008. (Info posted 12 November 2008)


9th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment

Biodiversity in a Rapidly Changing World is the theme of the 9th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment to be held 8-10 December 2008 in Washington, DC. (Info posted 07 November 2008)


Friends of Haleakala National Park service trips

Volunteer opportunities PDF icon are available with the Friends of Haleakala National Park on Maui, including a backcountry service trip in Haleakala crater 6-8 December 2008 and the annual Christmas Tree Pull on 13 December 2008. (Info posted 07 November 2008)


Pesticide training Maui

A pesticide update and pre-emergent herbicide field day PDF icon will be held 11 December 2008 at the Maui Cooperative Extension Service, Bldg 214, Kahului (campus of Maui Community College) from 10:30 to 12:00. (Info posted 8 December 2008)


Grant-writing workshop

Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing, a workshop presented by The Grant Institute, will be held at the University of Phoenix Campus in Honolulu, Hawaii, 03-05 December 2008. Registration and payment is required. (URL: http://tinyurl.com/grantwriting101) (posted 08 October 2008)


Brown Treesnake Working Group Meeting

A meeting of the Brown Treesnake Working Group (BTS WG) PDF icon will be held 19-21 November 2008 at the Guam National Wildlife Refuge in Guam. This meeting is intended to be a forum where representatives from BTS WG member agencies can discuss current issues early in the Federal fiscal year. (Info posted 07 August 2008 by PN.)


2008 Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA)

The 2008 Annual Meeting of the ESA will be held in Reno, Nevada from 16-19 November 2008. The conference theme is "Metamorphosis: A New Beginning". Registration deadline was 1 November 2007. (Info posted 24 September 2007 by PN.) (URL: http://www.entsoc.org/annual_meeting/Future_meetings/2008/theme/index.htm)


Leilani Munter Hawaii Tour

Race to Save the Planet PDF icon is the theme of Indy/NASCAR driver, eco-activist Leilani Munter's Hawaii tour to raise awareness about environmental issues. Events run 15-17 November 2008 in Honolulu and include a SCUBA dive on 16 November. Meet this unusual woman who combines an education in biology with history-making racing credentials and a vision for a greener future. (Info posted 07 November 2008)


Native Plant Sale

Native Hawaiian plants PDF icon will be available for sale at the Leeward Community College, Family Fun Fair, Saturday, 15 November 2008, from 9am to 3pm, at the LCC Lion Courtyard on Oahu. The proceeds benefit Leeward's Shade House and Native Botanical Collection. (Info posted 10 November 2008)


Hawaiian Audubon Society Meeting

The effect of feral cat populations on native avian populations PDF icon is addressed at the next Hawaiian Audubon Society Meeting on 10 November 2008 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa St. John building, 3190 Maile Way, Honolulu, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The public is invited. (Info posted 07 November 2008)


Free workshop: Water education for teachers

A Project WILD Aquatic workshop PDF icon providing watershed education for teachers will be presented by the Hawaii Nature Center in Iao Valley, Maui, on 8 November 2008. (Info posted 16 October 2008)


Kauai Arbor Day Celebration

Celebrate Arbor Day PDF icon with a free tree give-away, free compost, presentations, and educational booths. The celebration is sponsored by Kaulunani Community Forest Program and will be held 10 am to 1 pm on 08 November 2008 at the Kukui Grove parking lot on Kauai. Bring an invasive weed and get an extra free tree. (Info posted 30 October 2008)


Maui Arbor Day Fair

A lawn and garden fair and Hawaiian tree give-away PDF icon are featured in the Arbor Day celebration sponsored by Maui Nui Botanical Gardens and Maui Association of Landscape Professionals 9 am to 2 pm on 08 November 2008 at the Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in Kahului, Maui. The sponsors will give away 1000 trees. (Info posted 30 October 2008)


Mapping Hawaii communities: An introduction to GIS and community analysis

Classes on GIS and community analyses are being offered by New Urban Research 29 and 30 October 2008 at Honolulu Community College. (Info posted 16 October 2008)


Invasive non-native forest pest conference

An invasive non-native forest pest conference will be held by the Society of American Foresters on 30 October 2008 in Ithaca, New York. This one-day conference will focus on three of the most important invasive non-native forest insect pests in the Northeastern U.S.: the hemlock wooly adelgid, the emerald ash borer, and the Asian longhorned beetle. (URL: http://www.safnet.org/events/eventDetails.cfm?eventID=37043) (posted 08 October 2008)


Field Techniques for Invasive Plant Management Training

A training course PDF icon on field techniques for invasive plant management sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be held 3 to 7 November 2008 at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Island. Topics include invasive plant ecology, mapping and monitoring, selecting appropriate treatment methods and timing regime for effective control, herbicide use and safety, and selecting and using the proper equipment. (Info posted 06 August 2008 by PN.)


"Invasive Species in the U.S" presentation by NASA scientists

A free presentation on invasive species in the US will be held 21 October 2008 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. New knowledge and tools for understanding planetary resources have emerged from NASA's observations of Earth from space. (Info posted 29 May 2008 by PN per P. Thomas.)


Hawaii Botanical Society Meeting

The Hawaii Botanical Society meeting PDF icon will be held 6 October 2008 at 7 pm at UH Manoa, St. John Room 011. The public is invited to hear about pampas grass from Rachel Neville of OISC, and "Stalking the wild potato: Botanical adventures in Peru", by James B. Young. (Info posted 23 September 2008 .)


Camp and volunteer on Kauai

Volunteer and camp PDF icon at YWCA Camp Sloggett in Kokee State Park on Kauai, 2-4 October 2008, with workdays 3-5 October. Families welcome for an extraordinary experience. (Info posted 18 September 2008.)


Pesticide Education Maui

"The Management of Your Pesticide Inventory From Pickup to Waste" PDF icon is the topic of the pesticide education course offered 25 September 2008 at Hawaii Commercial and Sugar Co., Puunene, Maui. Cost is $50. Participants earn two recertification credits. (Info posted 26 August 2008 by PN.)


35th Annual Natural Areas Conference

The 2008 Natural Areas Conference theme is "Natural Areas Revival in Music City: Tuning into a changing climate and biological invasion". The conference will be held 14 to 17 October 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Info posted 27 June 2008 by PN.)


4th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration

The 4th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration will be held on 11-15 October 2008 in Providence, Rhode Island. This is the only national conference focused on the goals and practices of coastal and estuarine habitat restoration. (Info posted 24 September 2007 by PN.) (URL: http://www.estuaries.org/?id=138)


Community Pride at Kanaha Beach Park

The Community Pride at Kanaha Beach Park program PDF icon welcomes volunteers to the "Get The Drift & Bag It" Community Work Day activities at Kanaha Beach Park, Maui, on 20 September 2008 from 8 am to noon. Additional work days are scheduled for each Tuesday from 8 to 10 am. (Info posted 03 September 2008 by PN per Valerie Magee.)


Maui Island Sustainable Living Expo (ISLExpo) 2008

Sustainable Living Institute of Maui is hosting the first annual Sustainable Living Expo PDF icon on 16-17 August 2008 at Maui Community College in Kahului, Maui. The conference will focus on island food and energy security and sustainable living education. (Info posted 14 July 2008)


What's in my backyard? Invasive plants and animals of of West Maui

Join the "eyes and ears" team and learn about invasive species lurking in your neighborhood on Maui. The U.S. Geological Survey is hosting a free workshop on 14 August 2008 from 2-4 p.m. at the Lahaina Recreation Center, Shaw Avenue and Honoapiilani Highway, Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. An optional walk through the neighborhood fieldtrip (workshop attendance a prerequisite) will follow on 17 August, 2-4 p.m. All participants receive a full color Maui Invasive Plants and Animals field guide. To register or for more information visit www.reportapest.org or call 984-3716. (Info posted 08 July 2008)


Pesticide risk reduction education short course on Kauai

Pesticide Risk Reduction Education short course is being offered on Kauai by the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii. This in-depth 16.5 hour course is about handling pesticides (including herbicides) in ways that will reduce risks to people and our environment. The course will be held 12 to 14 August 2008 at Kauai Community College, 3-1901 Kaumualii Highway, in Lihue. Register by 18 July 2008. Course fee is $115. (Info posted 20 June 2008 by PN per Charles Nagamine.)


2008 Hawaii Conservation Conference (HCC)

The annual Hawaii Conservation Conference, presented by the Hawaii Conservation Alliance, is the largest gathering of people actively involved in the protection and management of the natural environment in Hawaii and the Pacific Region. The 2008 HCC will be held 29 to 31 July 2008 in Honolulu. The conference theme is Island Ecosystems: The Year of the Reef. (Info posted 17 January 2008 by PN.) (URL: http://hawaiiconservation.org/activities.asp)


HISC Prevention Group Meeting

A public meeting PDF icon for the Hawaii Invasive Species Prevention Working Group will be held 04 August 2008 from 2 to 4 pm at the Plant Quarantine Conference Room, 1849 Auiki Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. Budget proposals for 2008-2009 will be discussed. (Info posted 28 July 2008 by PN.)


2008 Hawaii Conservation Alliance Film Festival

The Hawaii Conservation Alliance Film Festival will be held 27-28 July 2008 at the Liliu Theatre, Room 310, Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. Films include "Kaulana na wai eha: Restoring Maui's famous streams" (2008), and "Who killed the electric car?" (2006). (Info posted 08 July 2008)


Public Meeting on Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment for Lehua Island

A public meeting PDF icon on the draft supplemental environmental assessment for Lehua Island Ecosystem Restoration Project PDF icon will be held 24 July 2008 from 7-9 pm at the Waimea Neighborhood Center on Kauai. For more information on Lehua and Hawaii's offshore islets, see the Offshore Islet Restoration Committee site. (Info posted 14 July 2008 by PN per J. Kozak.)


HISC Established Pests Working Group Meeting

A public meeting for the Hawaii Invasive Species Council Established Pests Working Group will be held 24 July 2008 from 10-12 noon at 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 322B, in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Info posted 14 July 2008 by PN)


What's in my backyard? Invasive plants and animals of Kipahulu/Hana/Kaupo, Maui

Join the "eyes and ears" team and learn about invasive species lurking in your neighborhood on Maui. The U.S. Geological Survey is hosting a free workshop on 10 July 2008 from 6-8:00 p.m., at the Kipahulu Triangle Community Center, Maui, Hawaii. All participants receive a full color Maui Invasive Plants and Animals field guide. To register or for more information visit www.reportapest.org or call 984-3716. (Info posted 08 July 2008)


HISC Meeting Agenda Available

Hawaii Invasive Species Council's meeting agenda for the 9 July 2008 public meeting is available. The meeting is scheduled for 10 am to 12 noon at the Department of Agriculture at 1849 Auiki Street, Honolulu. (Info posted 03 July 2008 by PN)


Big Island Science Club for Teachers

Big Island Science Club for Teachers PDF icon will be meeting Saturday 28 June 2008 at the restaurant at Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo. All teachers and student teachers are welcome for a session of sharing tips and tricks to improve lessons and have more fun! (Info posted 10 June 2008 by PN.)


5th International Weed Science Congress

The 5th International Weed Science Congress will be held 23 - 27 June 2008 in Vancouver, Canada. Abstracts are due 15 January 2008. (Info posted 24 September 2007 by PN.) (URL: http://iws.ucdavis.edu/5intlweedcong.htm)


Navigating Change and Aloha Aina Teacher Workshop

A workshop for educators PDF icon in celebration of the International Year of the Reef will be held 12 June 2008 on Coconut Island at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. Registration deadline 30 May 2008. (Info posted 25 April 2008 by PN.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20080425reefteach.pdf)


Annual landscape trade show "Growing Together for a Greener Hawaii"

The 2008 Green Industry Conference and Trade Show sponsored by the Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii will be held Wednesday and Thursday, 28 and 29 May 2008, at the Blasidell Exhibition Hall in Honolulu. (Info posted 23 May 2008 by PN.)


Kauai workshop: Ecology, restoration, and management of Hawaiian stream and riparian systems

A free one-day workshop on Kauai PDF icon organized by the U.S Army Corp of Engineers will be held Friday 23 May 2008 at the cafeteria of Kauai Community College from 9am to 4:30 pm. (Info posted 07 May 2008 by PN.)


The Pacific Congress on Marine Science and Technology (PACON) Conference

The 21st annual conference, PACON 2008: Energy and Climate Change: Innovative Approaches to Solving Today's Problems, will be held on June 1-5, 2008 at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. Presentations on invasive marine species are invited. The abstract deadline is February 29, 2008. (Info posted 10 January 2008 by PN.) (URL: http://www.hawaii.edu/pacon/)


Weed Management 2008 - Hot Topics in the Tropics

The 16th Australian Weeds Conference will be held 18 - 22 May 2008 at the Cairns Convention Centre, Queensland, Australia. Deadline for submission of abstracts is passed. (Info posted 24 September 2007 by PN.) (URL: http://www.16awc.com.au/)


New book on rice black bug

A new book on rice black bug PDF icon will be released by the Philippines Rice Research Institute. The insect is an invasive species that threatens rice crops and alternate hosts like okra, corn and taro. View the book jacketPDF icon. For more information, contact Dr. R.C. Joshi at joshiraviph@gmail.com. (Info posted 03 January 2008 by PN per R.C. Joshi.)


Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) 2009 grant proposals solicited

Grant opportunities involving invasive species on Department of Defense controlled lands are available. ESTCP is seeking innovative environmental technology demonstrations as candidates for funding beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2009. The submission deadline for pre-proposals is March 13, 2008. (Info posted 10 January 2008 by PN.) (URL: http://www.estcp.org/opportunities/)


Ecology, Restoration, and Management of Hawaiian Stream and Riparian Systems Workshop

A workshop PDF icon on the ecology, management, and restoration of Hawaiian stream and riparian ecosystems is being sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center on 20-22 May 2008, at the Windward Community College, Oahu. The workshop is free but registration is required. (Info posted 10 March 2008 by PN.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20080310riparianworkshop.pdf)


Seminar on native plants in Hawaii landscapes

A free seminar PDF icon for nursery owners, plant professionals, and anyone interested in native plants will be held 27 May 2008 at 5 pm at Maui Community College, Laulima 107. A new online database about the suppliers and horticultural value of native plants will be explained. (Info posted 20 May 2008 by PN per P. Millen.)


Pesticides and the protection of our groundwater

Pesticide education classes PDF icon will be offered on Oahu on May 6 and 8, 2008. Classes are two hours long and qualify for recertification credits from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture. They focus on practices that help protect groundwater resources from contamination and comply with federal and local regulations. (Info posted 04 April 2008 by PN.)


Annual Brown Treesnake Working Group technical meeting

The 2008 Brown Treesnake Working Group meeting PDF icon will be held April 16 - 18, 2008, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The meeting is open to the general public. Individuals and entities working on brown treesnake control, interdiction, research, and policy are encouraged to participate in the meeting. The meeting agenda and abstracts are available. (Info posted 28 January 2008, updated 14 April 2008) by PN. URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20080128browntreesnake.pdf)


UH-HIP recruiting host agencies for interns

The University of Hawaii Hawaiian Internship Program (UH-HIP) is recruiting host agencies and mentors for its 2008 summer program PDF icon. This summer internship program focuses on giving kamaaina undergraduates, especially those of Native Hawaiian ancestry, the opportunity to gain valuable, paid internship experiences in conservation and resource management fields. The submission deadline is February 15, 2008 for the Internship Request Form. (Info posted 28 January 2008 by PN per S. Ziegler-Chong.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20080128uhhip.pdf)


Cooperative Weed Management Area (CWMA) National Conference

"People-Powered Projects" is the theme for the CWMA conference to be held April 15 to 17, 2008, in Reno, Nevada. Conference topics include early detection and rapid response case studies, and state and national initiatives. (Info posted 15 January 2008 by PN per Janet Clark.) (URL: http://www.weedcenter.org/CWMAconf/cwma_conf.htm)


Kauai Community Gala for the Environment

The Kauai Community Gala PDF icon will be held Saturday, April 12, 2008, from 5 to 9 pm at the KCC Performing Arts Center. The gala will feature Nainoa Thompson, legendary navigator for the Pacific Voyaging Society, and Dr. Wade Davis, acclaimed Explorer in Residence with the National Geographic Society. There will also be hula, educational displays, book signings, music, and a new feature film by Chiefess Kamakahelei students. This gala for the environment is sponsored by the Kauai Conservation Conference and is free to the public. For more information please email kauai.conservation.conference@gmail.com, or call 346-5390. (Info posted 01 April 2008 by PN per Jacqueline Kozak.)


Registration for Kauai Conservation Conference

It's time to register PDF icon for the Kauai Conservation Conference to be held on Friday, April 11 at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center. Registration deadline is Friday March 28, 2008. Registration forms are available in PDF PDF icon or in MS WORD formats. (Info posted 17 March 2008 by PN per Jacqueline M. Kozak.)


Pesticide short course scheduled for Maui

A Pesticide Risk Reduction Education short course PDF icon is scheduled for Maui on April 7-9, 2008. This in-depth 16.5 hour short course is about handling pesticides (including herbicides) in ways that will reduce risks to people and our environment. It will be conducted by an instructor from the Cooperative Extension Service, a part of the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Register by March 7. (Info posted 28 January 2008 by PN.) (URL: http://pestworld.stjohn.hawaii.edu/pat/Announce_PRRE_2008_Maui_Apr.pdf)


Kauai Community-Based Conservation Conference: Call for presentations

A call for presentations PDF icon is announced for the for the Kauai Community-Based Conservation Conference to be held April 11. 2008. This free conference will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions, and poster sessions. The deadline for submitting conference topics is February 22, 2008. (Info posted 04 February 2008 by PN per K. Kozak.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20080204kauaicc.pdf)


Forum on Climate Change in Hawaii

A Forum on Climate Change in Hawaii PDF icon sponsored by Hawaii Conservation Alliance and partners will be held March 26, 2008, at the East-West Center in Honolulu. (Info posted 10 March 2008 by PN.) (URL: http://hawaiiconservation.org)


2008 Imported Fire Ant and Invasive Ant Conference

The annual imported fire ant conference will be held in historic downtown Charleston South Carolina, 24 to 26 March 2008. (Info posted 15 October 2007 by PN.) (URL: http://www.clemson.edu/sandhill/page.htm?pageId=5297)


Western Society of Weed Science Annual Meeting

The Western Society of Weed Science annual meeting of will be held 11 - 13 March 2008 in Anaheim, California. Titles of presentations were due 3 December 2007. (Info posted 24 September 2007 by PN.) (URL: http://www.wsweedscience.org/Meeting/meeting.asp)


Pesticide Risk Reduction Course for Molokai

This pesticide course is an in-depth 16 hour training on how to handle pesticides, including herbicides, in ways that reduce risk to people and the environment. The class is sponsored by the University of Hawaii and will run February 26 to 28, 2008, in Kaunakakai, Molokai. (Info posted 10 January 2008 by PN.) (URL: http://pestworld.stjohn.hawaii.edu/pat/schedule.html)


Laulima 2008 Conference

The Community Work Day Program is sponsoring a statewide conference addressing the environmental topics that affect Hawaii, March 5 and 6, 2008, at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Info posted 25 February 2008 by PN.) (URL: http://www.cwdhawaii.org/laulima.php)


Invasive Species in Natural Areas Conference

A two day conference on the interface between applied research and management of invasive species in natural areas will be held February 13 to 14, 2008 in Missoula, Montana. Topics include restoration with exotic versus native species, and individual invasive species management versus community oriented management. (Info posted 15 January 2008 by PN per Jeri Morgan.) (URL: http://missoulaeduplace.org/weeds_conference.php)


2008 Nahele Dry Forest Symposium

The 2nd Annual Nahele Dry Forest Symposium PDF icon brings together biologists, educators, and others dedicated to conservation to share their ideas on how to keep native Hawaiian dry forests healthy, and how to restore them where possible. The symposium will be held February 22, 2008 from 9 am to 5 pm at the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort in Kailua-Kona. To register, call The Kohala Center at (808)887-6411 or go to www.kohalacenter.org. (Info posted 24 January 2008 by PN per C. Cole.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/2008nahelesymposiumflyer.pdf)


What's growing on: basic plant identification course

The National Tropical Botanical garden is presenting a basic backyard plant collection/identification course PDF icon for the beginning botanist, February 27, 2008, at the Harrison Chandler Education Center, National Tropical Botanical Garden Headquarters on Kauai. (Info posted 28 January 2008 by PN.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20080128ntbggrowing.pdf)


First International Conference on the Coqui Frog

The First International Conference on the Coqui Frog sponsored by the University of Hawaii will be held 7-9 February, 2008 at the Naniloa Volcanoes Resort (formerly Naniloa Hotel) in Hilo, Hawaii. Topics include ecology, physiology, genetics, population dynamics, habitat, and other information gaps applicable to understanding coqui frogs in order to minimize their spread in Hawaii. (Info posted 10 September 2007 by PN) (URL: http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/coqui/conf08.asp#ConferenceDescription)


Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) Annual Meeting

The 2008 WSSA annual meeting will be held 4 - 7 February 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. (Info posted 24 September 2007 by PN.) (URL: http://www.wssa.net/Meetings/WSSAAnnual/Info.htm)


Island Species-Led Action (ISLA) Course 2008

The Island Species-Led Action (ISLA) course is a 10-day course for conservation practitioners & educators working in some of the world's "hottest" conservation hotspots to save island species from extinction. The course will be held 04-15 February 2008 on the island of Guam. For more information see the online announcement, or this flyer PDF icon. A downloadable application Excel spreadsheet is also avaliable. (Info posted 23 MAY 2007 by LF.) (URLs: http://www.globalislands.net/calendar/training/training.php?mfxsr=10; http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/2008islaguamflyer.pdf; http://www.hear.org/announcements/xls/2008islaapplication.xls)


Pesticide Risk Reduction Education

The University of Hawaii Cooperative Extension Service will conduct a 16 hour course on pesticide risk reduction over three days, 27 to 29 November 2007 at the Urban Garden Center, Pearl City (Oahu). For more information see the online announcementPDF icon (Info posted 24 September 2007 by PN.) (URL: http://pestworld.stjohn.hawaii.edu/pat/Announce%20PPRE%20Oahu%20Nov%202007.pdf)


2007 Estuarine Research Federation Conference

NOAA's Aquatic Invasive Species program and Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans is organizing a session on marine aquatic invasive species and ecosystem based management at the 2007 Estuarine Research Federation Conference (ERF 2007). This session will explore the tools and information needed to incorporate aquatic invasive species into ecosystem-based management. The conference will be held in Providence, Rhode Island, on 04-08 November 2007. For more information see the conference webpsite. (Info posted 11 APR 2007 by LF.) (URLs: http://www.erf.org/erf2007/; http://www.erf.org/erf2007/abstracts.html)


Volunteers Needed at Olinda Rare Plant Facility (Maui)

The Olinda Rare Plant Facility is almost a reality. Anna Palomino is searching for volunteers to help with the finishing touches on the greenhouse and surrounding area. If you can spare some time to assist, please contact her at apalomino@hawaii.rr.com. (Info posted 13 September 2007 by PN.)


Seminar: Impact of Invasive Species on Hawaii Coastal Watersheds: A Modeling Approach

Dr. Ali Fares, Associate Professor of Watershed Hydrology, will present a seminar on models of the impact of invasive plants and animals on the Hanalei Bay Watershed. The seminar will be held 3-4 pm, 1 November 2007, at MSB 114, UH Manoa Campus. For more information see the online announcementPDF icon (Info posted 29 October 2007 by PN.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20071029wrrcseminar.pdf)


Annual Wedge-Tailed Shearwater Counts

The Hawaii DLNR-DOFAW Seabird Sanctuary Program is looking for volunteers to help monitoring shearwater fledgelings on the various islets around Oahu. Counts will begin 16 October and culminate with a shearwater population census on Saturday, 27 October 2007, at the Kaena Point Natural Area Reserve. For more information contact Jaap Eijzenga, (808) 973-9788, Jaap.eijzenga@hawaii.edu. (Info posted 15 October 2007 by PN.)


Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Summit

The draft Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan, the state's first sustainability plan, will be premiered at the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Summit, 22 September 2007 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort in Honolulu. For more information see the online announcement. (Info posted 13 September 2007 by PN.) (URL: http://www.hawaii2050.org/)


Upcoming International Invasive Species Meetings

The National Invasive Species Council of the U.S. Department of the Interior has listed upcoming international invasive species meetings and selected websites for organizations with international invasive species activities. For links to these organizations and for meeting dates and venues, see the online announcement PDF icon titled "August, 2007, Report on Upcoming International Invasive Species Meetings". (Info posted 16 August 2007 by PN per Carol Russell.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20070816invasivespeciesmeetings.pdf)


2nd Annual Weed Risk Assessment Workshop

The 2nd Annual Weed Risk Assessment Workshop will take place at the University of Western Australia in Perth on 14-15 September 2007 as part of the 9th International Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions (EMAPi9). For more information see the workshop websitePDF icon (Info posted 13 FEB 2007 by LF.) (URLs: http://www.congresswest.com.au/emapi9/workshops.html, http://www.congresswest.com.au/emapi9/index.html)


International Workshop on Biological Control of Invasive Species of Forests in the United States and P. R. China

The USDA Forest Service and various organizations in China are hosting an International Workshop on Biological Control of Invasive Species of Forests in the United States and P. R. China, to be held on 20-25 September 2007 in Beijing P. R. China. For more information please see the online announcement or the the workshop websitePDF icon (Info posted 23 DEC 2006 by LF.) (URLs: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/200709chinaworkshop.pdf; http://svinetfc2.fs.fed.us/biocontrol/)


9th International Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions (EMAPi9)

The Weeds Society of Western Australia will host the 9th International Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions (EMAPi9) on 17-21 September 2007 at the Hyatt Regency in Perth, Western Australia. More information can be found at the conference website. (Info posted 14 DEC 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.congresswest.com.au/emapi9/)


Garden Connections: NTBG's new continuing education series

National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) is providing an exciting new summer continuing education series, Garden Connections from 13 July-11 Sept. 2007 at the NTBG visitor's center in Kalaheo, Kauai, Hawaii. The classes fall under four themes: horticulture, art, health and culture, and are designed for those people who would like to enhance their lifestyles or skill sets. For more information see the online announcementPDF icon (Info posted 30 JUN 2007 by LF per Lea Taddonio.) (URL: http://www.ntbg.org/sharing/news.php?id=274)


The 15th Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference

The 15th Annual Hawaii Conservation Conference will be held 25-27 July 2007 at the Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. This year's theme will be "Conservation Strategies: Matching Science and Management". More information can be found at the conference webpage. (Info posted 27 NOV 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.hawaiiconservation.org/activities.asp)


Managing Vertebrate Invasive Species

The International Symposium "Managing Vertebrate Invasive Species" will be held on 7-9 August 2007 in Fort Collins, Colorado. The symposium will highlight research, management and public education associated with vertebrate invasive species (mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians). (See the event flyer for further details.) PDF icon (Info posted 10 AUG 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/200708managingvertebrateinvasives.pdf)


Pesticide Risk Reduction Education Short Course

A Pesticide Risk Reduction Education short course for is scheduled for Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii on 07-09 August 2007 (register by July 06). For more information see the program website (Info posted 11 JUN 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://pestworld.stjohn.hawaii.edu/pat/schedule.html)


Keiki O Ka Aina Nature Adventures Camp

Keiki O Ka Aina Nature Adventures Camp at the National Tropical Botanic Garden near Kalaheo, Kauai, Hawaii will be running 23-28 July 2007, for children ages 6-9. Enroll soon, space is limited. For more information see the online announcement. (Info posted 30 MAY 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://ntbg.org/sharing/news.php?id=236)


Bishop Museum Tropical Plant Identification Course 2007

The Herbarium Pacificum at the Bishop Museum will be hosting a one week Tropical Plant Identification Course PDF icon, taught by experts from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Sessions will run from 30 July - 03 August 2007 at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii. For more information see the online announcementPDF icon (Info posted 26 APR 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/2007bishoptropicalplantidcourse.pdf)


The 21st Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology

The 21st annual meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology, "One World, One Conservation, One Partnership," will be held from 1-5 July 2007 in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The Local Organizing Committee welcomes proposals for short courses, symposia, workshops, and organized discussions. For more information about the meeting please visit the 2007 SCB conference website. (Info posted 25 AUG 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.conbio.org/2007/)


Geographic Information Technologies for Emergency Preparedness and Response [date change!]

A series of Geographic Information Technologies for Emergency Preparedness and Response courses is being offered by the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH Manoa), Pacific emergency Management, Preparedness and Response Information Network and Training Services (Pacific EMPRINTS) on Oahu and the neighbor islands during 2007. The dates are: Oahu: 30 January-02 February, 24-27 April, 05-08 June, and 17-20 July; Maui: 13-16 February; Big Island: 27-30 March; Kauai: 15-18 May. For more information, see the online announcement. (Info posted 12 DEC 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.emprints.hawaii.edu/classroom/gis.html)


Sustainable Development Lecture at UH Manoa

A "Sustainable Development" lecture PDF icon will be held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, William S. Richardson School of Law Classroom 2 on Thursday, 19 July 2007 at 6pm. The three panel speakers are sure to host a lively, informative and fun discussion on sustainability in the environment, business and engineering. For more information see the online announcementPDF icon (Info posted 05 JUL 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/200707sustainabledevlecture.pdf)


Applied Management of Conservation Lands in Florida Conference

The Applied Management of Conservation Lands in Florida Conference will be held on 20-22 June 2007, at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida. For more information see the conference website. (Info posted 05 FEB 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://www.ces.fau.edu/amclif/)


Lecture: "The World in Miniature: Hawaii as a Model for Understanding How the World Works"

Stanford biology professor Peter Vitousek will be giving a lecture on "The World in Miniature: Hawaii as a Model for Understanding How the World Works" on Saturday 28 June 2007 from 3:30-6:00pm at Tea House at the Anna Ranch Heritage Center, 65-1480 Kawaihae Road Waimea, Big Island, Hawaii. For more information or to RSVP contact Sue Grose suegrose@aol.com). (Info posted 15 JUN 2007 by LF.)


Kauai Youth Environment Day and Kahu Aina Art Competition

The National Tropical Botanical Garden and the Hawaii Invasive Species Council will be hosting a series of Youth Environment Days combined with the Kahu Aina (caretaker of the land) Art Competition. The dates and locations for the events are 19 May 2007 at McBryde Garden (Kalaheo); 16 June 2007 at Limahuli Garden & Preserve (Haena) 21 June 2007 at Makauwahi Cave Reserve (Mahaulepu). For more information see the online flyerPDF icon or go to the NTBG events page. (Info posted 10 MAY 2007 by LF per Jackie Kozak (jkozak@hawaii.edu).) (URLs: http://www.hear.org/kisc/pdfs/youthenvironmentdayflier.pdf; http://ntbg.org/sharing/news.php#events)


Lecture: "Invasive Plant Management in New Zealand"

Melanie Newfield Senior Adviser, Risk Analysis (plants), Biosecurity NZ will be giving a lecture on "Invasive Plant Management in New Zealand" on Tuesday 19 June 2007 at 1:15pm at 1151 Punchbowl Street Boardroom ground floor Makai end, Honolulu, Hawaii. For more information contact Chris Buddenhagen christopher.e.buddenhagen@hawaii.gov). (Info posted 15 JUN 2007 by LF.)


Limahuli Garden and Preserve Volunteer Orientation

The National Tropical Botanical Garden's (NTBG) Limahuli Garden and Preserve in Haena, Kauai, Hawaii will be holding a volunteer orientation on 11 June 2007 from 10am-12pm. This is a great opportunity to learn about this remarkable garden and ways that you can participate in its ongoing care and development. Meet at the Limahuli Garden Hale in Haena (just before Kee Beach). From more information, contact the National Tropical Botanical Garden Volunteer Program at (808) 332-7324, ext. 228. (Info posted 05 JUN 2007 by LF per Lea Taddonio.)


Ocean Day 2007

Ocean Day 2007: The Impact of Invasive Species will beheld on 06 June 2007 at NOAA's Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Hawaii Kai, Hawaii from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm. For more information see the online announcementPDF icon (Info posted 22 MAY 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/2007oceanday.pdf)


The International Pacific Invasive Ant Conference

The International Pacific Invasive Ant Conference will be held 22-25 May 2007 at Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. International experts will gather in Hawaii to present the latest research and information on invasive ants. For more information see the online announcement. (Info posted 09 APR 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://www.ipiac2007.com/)


Makai Watch Workshops

Come to the Makai Watch workshops to gain knowledge about marine ecology, regulations, and best fishing practices in order to take an active role in restoring Maunalua Bay. The workshops will take place 05 May, 12 May, and 02 June 2007 from 9am-2pm at Maunalua Bay near Honolulu, Hawaii. Lunch will be provided as well as a free Makai Watch volunteer T-shirt! The workshop is free of charge but registration is required. For more information or to RSVP please call Janice Staab at 587-6232 or email jstaab@tnc.org by April 20th. (Info posted 09 APR 2007 by LF.)


Native Hawaiian Plant Propagation

A Native Hawaiian Plant Propagation workshop will be held at the Waimea Valley Audubon Center (WVAC) in Waimea, Oahu, Hawaii from 10am-11:30 on 02 June 2007. This hands-on workshop is designed to help the average gardener utilize the same techniques used by professionals to grow quality plants from seeds and cuttings. For more information see the "Special Programs" section on the WVAC events page. (Info posted 23 MAY 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://waimea.audubon.org/NewsEvents_Calendar.html)


Fifth International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions

The Fifth International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions will be held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts on 21-24 May 2007. Field trips will be available before the meeting. More information is available at the Conference website. (Info posted 11 SEP 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://massbay.mit.edu/exoticspecies/conferences/2007/index.html)


The LICH 2007 Green Industry Conference and Trade Show

The Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii 2007 Green Industry Conference and Trade Show will be held 16 -17 May 2007 at the Blaisdell Exhibition Hall in Honolulu, Hawaii. This conference brings landscape architects and contractors, nursery growers and arborists together in a collaborative atmosphere to promote excellence within the green industry. For more information see the online announcement. (Info posted 09 APR 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://www.lichawaii.com/tradeshow.htm)


Okolehao Trail Community Work Day

Help the Hanalei Watershed Hui and the North Shore community in their work to restore the Okolehao Trail, at the back of the Hanalei Valley in Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii on Saturday 15 May 2007 from 9am to noon. Meet at trail parking lot, about 1 mile up Ohiki Road (take a left immediately after you cross over the Hanalei Bridge). Bring gloves, sunscreen, water, and gardening tools. For more information call Carl Berg 639-2968. (Info posted 26 APR 2007 by LF.)


Oahu Invasive Species Committee false kava service trip

Come help the Oahu Invasive Species Committee (OISC) remove false kava (Piper auritum) from a stream bed in Ahuimanu on 12 May 2007 from 8am to 3pm. For more information, see the OISC volunteer opportunities page. (Info posted 07 MAY 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/oisc/volunteer/)


May Hawaiian Botanical Society meeting

The next Hawaiian Botanical Society meeting will be held on 07 May 2007 at 7pm in room 011 of the St. John Bldg. on the University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus in Honolulu, Hawaii. Presentations will be given by Dr. David A. Christopher and Mashuri Waite. (Info posted 30 APR 2007 by LF.)


Australian Tree Fern Community Meeting

A community meeting to address the invasive threat of Australian tree fern on Kauai and potential solutions will be held at the Hanalei School Cafeteria in Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii on Monday 30 April 2007 at 7pm. For more information see the online announcementPDF icon (Info posted 26 APR 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/200704kauaitreefernmeet.pdf)


2007 Annual Imported Fire Ant Conference

The 2007 Annual Imported Fire Ant Conference will be held in Gainesville, Florida on 23-25 April 2007. For more information see the conference website. (Info posted 05 FEB 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://www.ars.usda.gov/News/docs.htm?docid=14352)


II International Symposium on Ecological Restoration

The Cuban Group of Ecological Restoration (CGRE) and the National Enterprise for the Protection of Flora and Fauna (ENPFF) will be hosting the II International Symposium on Ecological Restoration on 16 - 22 April 2007, at the "Bolivar" Convention Center, Santa Clara City, Villa Clara, Cuba. For more information, see the online flyer PDF icon. (Info posted 27 NOV 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/200704cubasymposium.pdf)


Maui Nui Botanical Gardens 5th Annual Earth Day Celebration

Come enjoy the 5th Annual Earth Day Celebration, Saturday, April 21, 2007, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, located at 150 Kanaloa Ave., in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii, across from the War Memorial Sports Complex at Keopuolani Regional Park. Admission and parking is free. Over 20 Maui conservation, Hawaiian cultural preservation, and recycling groups are participating. For more inofrmation see the online announcement (Info posted 16 APR 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://www.mnbg.org/events/)


Brown tree snake meeting

The brown tree snake working group technical meetings will be held on 17-20 April 2007 at the Guam Hilton in Tumon Bay, Guam. Individuals and entities working on brown treesnake control, interdiction, research, and policy are encouraged to prepare and present presentations at the meeting. See the preliminary meeting announcement PDF icon for more information. (Info posted 03 MAY 2006 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/2007btstechmeeting.pdf)


April Hawaiian Botanical Society meeting

The next Hawaiian Botanical Society meeting will be held on 02 April 2007 at 7pm in room 011 of the St. John Bldg. on the University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus in Honolulu, Hawaii. Presentations will be given by Dr. Bruce Koeble and Aurora Kagawa. (Info posted 20 MAR 2007 by LF.)


Pesticide Risk Reduction Education Short Course -- Updated!

A Pesticide Risk Reduction Education short course for is scheduled for Maui Community College on 27-29 March 2007 (register by Feb. 23 (registration date extended)), and Hilo on 17-19 April 2007 (register by March 16). For more information see the program website (Info posted 18 JAN 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://pestworld.stjohn.hawaii.edu/pat/schedule.html)


Rats, Humans, and Their Impacts on Islands: Integrating Historical and Contemporary Ecology -- Updated!

An interdisciplinary conference on Rats, Humans, and Their Impacts on Islands: Integrating Historical and Contemporary Ecology will be held at the University of Hawaii, 27-31 March 2007. Invasive rats (Rattus exulans, R. tanezumi, R. rattus, R. norvegicus) are the focus of this conference. For more information please see the online announcement (Info posted 09 JUN 2006 by LF per Don Drake.) (URL: http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/faculty/drake/Rodents2007.htm)


2007 Hawaii Conservation Conference Call for Papers

The Hawaii Conservation Conference Committee is soliciting abstracts for presentations and posters that demonstrate applied science. This year's theme is "Conservation Strategies: Matching Science and Management." All proposals and abstracts must be received no later than 30 March 2007. For more information please see the online flyerPDF icon (Info posted 12 JAN 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://www.hawaiiconservation.org/_library/documents/2007_hcc/call%20for%20papers%202007.pdf)


Kauai Invasive Species Awareness Week

The Kauai Invasive Species Committee and the National Tropical Botanic Garden are combining efforts to sponsor Invasive Species Awareness Week on Kauai, to be held the week of 12-17 March 2007. Events are planned all across the island. For more information, see the online announcement and flyer PDF icon. (Info posted 23 Feb 2007 by LF.) (URLs: http://ntbg.org/sharing/news.php?id=189; http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/200703ntbginvasivespeciesweekflyer.pdf)


Coral Reef Ecology for Teachers Workshop

A Coral Reef Ecology for Teachers Workshop will be held at the Kohala Center in Kamuela on the Big Island of Hawaii on 2-8 June 2007. The registration deadline is Feb. 16, 2007. For more information see the online announcement. (Info posted 28 DEC 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.kohalacenter.org/event_detail.asp?id=28)


March Hawaiian Botanical Society meeting

The next Hawaiian Botanical Society meeting will be held on 05 March 2007 at 7pm in room 011 of the St. John Bldg. on the University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Jonathan Price of USGS Hawaii Cooperative Studies and UH Hilo will present "New Findings About the Origin of Hawaiian Flora". (Info posted 05 FEB 2007 by LF.)


National Invasive Weed Awareness Week

The Eighth Annual National Invasive Weeds Awareness Week (NIWAW 8) will be held in Washington, D.C. the week of 25 February-02 March 2007 to bring people and groups from across the country together to focus national attention on the severe impacts caused by invasive weeds. For more information, see the online announcementPDF icon (Info posted 13 DEC 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.nawma.org/niwaw/NIWAW%20VIII/NIWAW%208%20Announcement_FINAL.pdf)


Free Public Lecture on Miconia in East Maui

The Maui Invasive Species Committee is holding a Free Public Lecture on Miconia in East Maui at the Hana Public Library in Hana, Maui at 6:00 p.m on 02 March 2007. For more information, see the online announcement. (Info posted 23 Feb 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/200703miscmiconiatalk.pdf)


Pacific Islands Community-based Conservation Course (PICCC)

The Pacific Islands Community-based Conservation Course (PICCC) will be held in three phases from March - October 2007 at the Laucala Campus of the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. Fieldwork will be done in the participant's home country. The course will provide participants with the practical knowledge and skills required for the sustainable management of Conservation Areas (CAs) and other forms of protected areas. For more information, see the online flyerPDF icon (Info posted 13 NOV 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/2007piccccourse.pdf)


Nahele Dry Forest Symposium

The Nahele Dry Forest Symposium will be held at the Outrigger Keauhou Beach Hotel in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, on 23 February 2007 from 9am-5pm. For registration and information call The Kohala Center at (808)887-6411 or see the online announcementPDF icon (Info posted 28 DEC 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/200702nahelesymposium.pdf)


3rd Annual Grow Hawaiian Festival

The 3rd Annual Grow Hawaiian Festival will be held at the Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden in Captain Cook on the Big Island of Hawaii, on Saturday, 24 February 2007 from 9am-2pm. Admission is free. The festival features cultural demonstrators, ask-the-expert booths, conservation organizations, and displays by schools. Call 323-3318 for more information. (Info posted 28 DEC 2006 by LF.)


Pesticide Risk Reduction Education

A Pesticide Risk Reduction Education short course for is scheduled for Honolulu on 21-23 February 2007 (Wed. - Fri.). Deadline for registration is January 19 2007. For more information see the program website (Info posted 28 DEC 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://pestworld.stjohn.hawaii.edu/pat/schedule.html)


Call for abstracts for the 9th International Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions

Online submissions of abstracts for presentation at the 9th International Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions can be made at the conference website until Friday 16 February 2007. (Info posted 14 DEC 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.congresswest.com.au/emapi9)


Request For Expressions of Interest

The Inter-American Biodiversity Information Network (IABIN), IABIN Invasives information Network (I3N) has put out a request for expressions of interest PDF icon for the development of tools for the IABIN Invasive Information Network (I3N) work to be done on developing invasive species pathway and risk analysis tools during March-August 2007. Respond by 17 February 2007. For more information see the emailed announcement. (Info posted 18 JAN 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/2007i3nrequestforinterest.pdf)


Private Stewardship Grant

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking proposals for conservation projects to benefit imperiled species on private lands through its Private Stewardship Grants Program (PSGP). Proposals must be recieved by 14 February 2007. For more information see the website and/or the help documentPDF icon (Info posted 28 DEC 2006 by LF.) (URLs: http://www.fws.gov/endangered/grants/private_stewardship/index.html; http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/2007stewardshipgrant.pdf)


Legislative Hearing Notice - Noxious Weeds

The Hawaii State Senate Legislative Committee on Energy and the Environment will hold a hearing on 08 February 2007 at 5pm. The hearing will include discussion of SB 639, relating to invasive species. For more information see the  online notice. (Info posted 07 FEB 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/sessioncurrent/HearingNotices/ENE-WAH_02-08-07_.htm)


Legislative Hearing Notice - Coqui and HDOA Quarantine and Eradication

The Hawaii State House Legislative Committee on Agriculture will hold a hearing on 09 February 2007 at 9:15am. The hearing will include discussion of Hb 1924, relating to the eradication and control of the coqui frog, and Hb 1941, relating to controlling invasive species. For more information see the  online notice. (Info posted 07 FEB 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/sessioncurrent/HearingNotices/AGR_02-09-07_.htm)


Painting and Conservation: Two Great Preoccupations

Hawaii's rare native flowers will receive top billing in a special showing of works by featured painter and conservationist, Melissa Chimera. The event will take place on 09 February 2007at the poolside meeting room of the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani, Maui, Hawaii at 7 pm following the Native Hawaiian Plant Society meeting. For more information see the online announcementPDF icon (Info posted 06 FEB 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20070209chimeraopening.pdf)


Native Hawaiian Plant Society Meeting

The next Native Hawaiian Plant Society (NHPS) Meeting will be held on 09 February 2007 at the poolside meeting room of the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani, Maui, Hawaii at 7 pm. For more information see the NHPS website. (Info posted 06 FEB 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://www.angelfire.com/hi4/nhps/meetings.htm)


February Hawaiian Botanical Society meeting

The next Hawaiian Botanical Society meeting will be held on 05 February 2007 at 7pm in room 011 of the St. John Bldg. on the University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Info posted 05 FEB 2007 by LF.)


Evening with Ethnobotanists

The National Tropical Botanical Garden will be holding an "Evening with Ethnobotanists" featuring world experts discussing how indigenous people in tropical regions use plants. The event will be held on 31 January 2007at the Kaua‘i Community College Cafeteria in Puhi, Kauai, Hawaii at 6:30pm. For more information call 332-7324. (Info posted 31 JAN 2007 by LF.)


Maui Nui Botanical Gardens Hawaiian Plant Sale

Maui Nui Botanical Gardens in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii will be holding a native Hawaiian plant sale on 27 January 2007 from 9am-noon. For more information see the online flyer.  PDF icon (Info posted 19 JAN 2007 by LF.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/200701mauinuiplantsale.pdf)


Evolutionary Impact of Exotic Aquaculture on Native Aquatic Biodiversity

The Darwin Initiative is holding its first international workshop, "Evolutionary Impact of Exotic Aquaculture on Native Aquatic Biodiversity," in Puerto Montt, Chile on 17-19 January 2007. For more information, see the website. The deadline for registration is 31 December 2006. (Info posted 06 DEC 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.imcom.cl/mailling/mailling5.htm)


18th USDA Interagency Research Forum On Gypsy Moth and Other Invasive Species

The 18th USDA Interagency Research Forum On Gypsy Moth and Other Invasive Species PDF icon, one of the best annual meetings on pests and plants that invade forests will occur in Annapolis, Maryland on 9-12 January 2007. For more information about the meeting please visit the online announcement PDF icon or the USDA gypsy moth website. (Info posted 06 OCT 2006 by LF.) (URLs: http://www.fs.fed.us/ne/morgantown/4557/forum/FirstAnnouncement07.pdf; http://www.fs.fed.us/ne/morgantown/4557/forum/)


18th USDA Interagency Research Forum on Invasive Species

The 18th USDA Interagency Research Forum on Invasive Species will be held on held 09-12 January 2007 at the Loews Annapolis Hotel, Annapolis, Maryland. For more information, see the forum website and/or online information packet.  PDF icon (Info posted 20 NOV 2006 by LF.) (URLs: http://www.fs.fed.us/ne/morgantown/4557/forum/; http://www.fs.fed.us/ne/morgantown/4557/forum/InfoPacket07.pdf)


Special presentation on avian influenza

The Hawaii Audubon Society will host a special presentation on avian influenza by US Fish & Wildlife Service personnel on 10 January 2007 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at UH Manoa's St. John lab building (Botany Building), in room 011 in the ground floor auditorium (3190 Maile Way). Attendance is free and open to the public. Call (808)-528-1432 or see the December/January Hawaii Audubon Society newsletter  PDF icon for more information. (Info posted 14 DEC 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.hawaiiaudubon.com/newsletter/el0107.pdf)


Water & Land Management Paradigms In Hawaii, Past And Present

Dr. T. Kaeo Duarte will give a lecture on "He Wai E Mana, He Wai E Ola" - Water & Land Management Paradigms In Hawaii, Past And Present" at the Kohala Center in Kamuela on the Big Island of Hawaii on 10 January 2007 from 7-8:30pm. For more information see the online announcement. (Info posted 28 DEC 2006 by LF.) (URLs: http://www.kohalacenter.org/event_detail.asp?id=29)


January Hawaiian Botanical Society meeting

The next Hawaiian Botanical Society meeting will be held on 08 January 2007 at 7pm in room 011 of the St. John Bldg. on the University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Info posted 05 JAN 2007 by LF.)


Request for coral reef research pre-proposals

The Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL), a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Undersea Research Program (NURP) center, in partnership with the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP) is soliciting research pre-proposals for coral reef research in U.S. Pacific waters for calendar years 2007 and 2008. The deadline is 29 December 2006. For more information, see the online announcement. (Info posted 30 NOV 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/HURL/rfp2006_coral.html)


Young Brothers steers clear of invasive species

Joining forces with the Invasive Species Committees of Hawaii, Young Brothers, Hawaii's largest inter-island freight handling company, has launched efforts to keep alien pests from being transported between the islands. Read more about it this press releasePDF icon (Info posted 30 NOV 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/200611youngbrospressrelease.pdf)


Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop

The Grant Institute's Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop will be held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu, Hawaii on 11-13 December 2006 from 8:00am to 5:00pm. For more information see the Grant Institute website. (Info posted 09 NOV 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.thegrantinstitute.com/)


Agricultural pest workshop

The Kauai Invasive Species Committee (KISC) and the Hawaii Department of Agriculture HDOA have organized an informal "agricultural pest workshop" to be held on 11 December 2006 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the HDOA office in Lihue. This workshop is open for anyone who is interested in learning more about the agricultural pests of Hawaii. For more information see the original posting PDF icon from the KISC-L listserv. (Info posted 13 NOV 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20061211kauaiagpestwrkshp.pdf)


Fountain grass removal service day

A serice day has organized to remove fountain grass along roadsides in Hawaiian Ocean View Estates in the Puna district of the Big Island of Hawaii on Sunday 10 December 2006 from 9 am-3 pm. For more information, see the online flyerPDF icon (Info posted 30 NOV 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/200612fountaingrassremoval.pdf)


Bird rehab workshop on Oahu

The Wild Bird Rehab Haven will be holding a free training workshop on Sunday, 10 December 2006 from 2-4 pm at the Moili'ili Community Center, 2535 South King Street, 2nd Floor, Rooms 207 & 208. To reserve a space call 447-9274 or email: birdofparadise@hawaii.rr.com, and include your full name, phone number, email address and number of attendees. Someone will get back to you to confirm your registration. Class size is limited so register early. (Info posted 06 DEC 2006 by LF.)


December Hawaiian Botanical Society meeting

The next meeting of the Hawaiian Botanical Society will be help on Monday, 4 December 2006 at 7pm in Room 011 of the St. John Bldg., UH Manoa Campus, Honolulu, Hawaii. for more information, see the webpage. (Info posted 30 NOV 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/botsoc/meetinginfo.htm)


Restoring the Rare Plants of Haleakala National Park

A talk on "Restoring the Rare Plants of Haleakala National Park" will be given by by Haleakala National Park specialist Regan Ritchie at 7 pm Friday, on December 1, 2006 at the Poolside Room, of the Hannibal Tavares Community Center, in Pukalani, Maui, Hawaii. The talk is presented by the Native Hawaiian Plant Society. For more information call (808)344-1113 or see the online announcementPDF icon (Info posted 20 NOV 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://dynamics.org/NHPS/EVENTS/2006/2006-12-1_RITCHIE/ReganRitchie.graffle.pdf)


Jumping the fence line: escaped agricultural plants in Hawaii

Jumping the fence line: escaped agricultural plants in Hawaii is a free one-day workshop presented by CTAHR regarding plants intentionally introduced into the islands of Hawaii as crops, livestock forage, ornamentals, and forestry species which have escaped cultivation, gone "wild," and now cause economic problems for agricultural producers and land managers. The workshop is from 9:00am-3:00pm on various dates (31 May 2006: Big Island; 07 June 2006: Maui; 09 August 2006: Kauai; 27 October: Oahu). (See online announcement for further details.) Space is limited; e-mail smithjos@hawaii.edu for reservations. (Info posted 01 JUN 2006 by PT per Jody Smith via Christy Martin.) (URL: http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/rnre/invasive_agricultural_plants.asp)


6th International Symposium on Wild boar (Sus scrofa) and on sub-order Suiformes

The 6th International Symposium on Wild boar (Sus scrofa) and on sub-order Suiformes will be held 25-28 October 2006 at the historic Holy Monastery of Kykkos in the Republic of Cyprus. (See online announcement for further details.) PDF icon (Info posted 02 AUG 2006 by LF per Dr. Eleftherios Hadjisterkotis.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20061028wildboarsymposium.pdf)


State Cooperative Conservation Listening Session

A State Cooperative Conservation Listening Session is being held on Wednesday, 25 October 2006 from 10am-2pm at the Hawaii Convention Center room 317. The State of Hawaii has decided to follow up on the Federal session held in Hawaii in September, 2006 with a cooperative conservation listening session to address state level issues related to conservation. (Info posted 16 OCT 2006 by LF.)


Kokua Clean Up Day

A Kokua Clean Up Day will be held at the proposed Maui County Environmental Resource Center adjacent to Baldwin Beach Park in Paia, Maui, Hawaii on 21 October 2006 from 8:30am until 2pm. For more information, or to RSVP please contact Rob Parsons robparsons@earthlink.net. (Info posted 10 OCT 2006 by LF per Philip Thomas.)


EPPO Conference on Computer Aids for Plant Protection

The EPPO Conference on Computer Aids for Plant Protection will be held in Wageningen, Netherlands on 17-19 October 2006. A session entitled "Tools for PRA: a need for more IT development" is planned. The Conference will combine spoken presentations with practical demonstrations of computer models, databases and decision support schemes, including tools for pest risk analysis. Online registration is available. (Info posted 21 AUG 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.eppo.org/MEETINGS/conferences/computer_applications.htm)


Invasive Water Hyacinth Clean Up Day

An Invasive Water Hyacinth Clean Up Day will be held at the Laie wetlands just south of St. Theresa's church in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii on 14 October 2006 from 8:30am until noon. For more information, see the Laie wetlands website or contact Rob Parsons: robparsons@earthlink.net. (Info posted 10 OCT 2006 by LF per Philip Thomas.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/naturalareas/laie/index.html)


Tools for Early Detection One Day Course

The Tools for Early Detection course will be held at the Audubon Canyon Ranch's Bouverie Preserve, Sonoma, California on 04 October 2006. This one-day, hands-on course will give participants information for planning an early detection program. If you will attend the Cal-IPC Symposium, please register for this course through the Symposium registration page to pay the discounted fee.  PDF icon (Info posted 01 AUG 2006 by LF per Elizabeth Speith.) (URLs: http://www.cal-ipc.org/fieldcourses/index.php#oct4; http://www.egret.org/bouverie.html; http://www.cal-ipc.org/symposia/index.php)


An Evolutionary Perspective of Biological Invasions  

The symposium, An Evolutionary Perspective of Biological Invasions, will be held at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland on 2-3 October 2006. Scholars from both ecology and evolution, and from plant and animal biology will come together to discuss concepts and new developments in this expanding research field. (See the symposium website for further details.) (Info posted 09 AUG 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.unifr.ch/biol/ecology/biolinv/)


Waikiki Alien Algae Cleanup Event

The next Alien Algae Cleanup Day will be held on 23 September 2006 from 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at the Waikiki Natatorium behind the Waikiki Aquarium in Honolulu, Hawaii. For more information download the event flyer PDF icon, or visit the A'ohe Limu'e - Alien Algae Cleanup volunteer page. (Info posted 11 SEP 2006 by LF per Signe Opheim.) (URLs: http://www.alienalgaecleanup.org; http://www.hear.org/cgaps/pdfs/20060923algaeevent.pdf; http://tinyurl.com/ftpdr)


Goosegrass Preemergent Herbicide Field Day

The Goosegrass Preemergent Herbicide Field Day PDF icon will be held at Waiehu Golf Course in Waiehu, Maui, Hawaii on 07 September 2006 from 12-1pm. For more information see the a online flyer PDF icon. (Info posted 22 AUG 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/200609goosegrassfieldday.pdf)


Cooperative Conservation Listening Sessions

The Secretaries of Interior, Commerce and Agriculture, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality are holding a series of listening sessions to hear the public's concerns and interest in cooperative conservation. The Honolulu, Hawaii session will be held at the Neil Blaisdell Center on Sept. 7, 2006 at 9am. For more information see the online announcement. (Info posted 28 AUG 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://cooperativeconservation.gov/sessions/index.html)


Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair

The Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair will be held 24-27 August 2006 at Vidinha Stadium, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii. There will be a petting zoo, livestock show, floral demonstrations and exhibits, food booths, arts and crafts along with EK Fernandez games and rides. For more information call the Kauai Farm Bureau (808) 828-2120. To participate in the KISC booth contact Keren Gundersen (keren.kisc@hawaiiantel.net). (Info posted 22 AUG 2006 by LF.)


Waikiki Alien Algae Cleanup Event

The next Alien Algae Cleanup Day will be held on 12 August 2006 from 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at the Waikiki Natatorium behind the Waikiki Aquarium in Honolulu, Hawaii. For more information download the event flyer PDF icon, or visit the A'ohe Limu'e - Alien Algae Cleanup volunteer page. (Info posted 01 AUG 2006 by LF per Signe Opheim.) (URLs: http://www.alienalgaecleanup.org; http://www.hear.org/cgaps/pdfs/20060812algaeevent.pdf; http://tinyurl.com/ftpdr)


Islands of the World IX Conference
Sustainable Islands -- Sustainable Strategies

The Islands of the World IX Conference will be held at Maui Community College on 31 July- 02 August with excursions planned for 28-29 and July, 03-04 August. The theme of the conference is Sustainable Islands -- Sustainable Strategies with emphasis on the interconnected topics of po'okela (economy), malama'aina (ecology), and ho'ohanohano (social equity and heritage). In addition a Sustainability Fair will be held on 01 August 2006 from 3-6 pm booth space is free PDF icon to nonprofits. (Info posted 13 JUL 2006 by LF per Janet Six.) (URLs: http://www.maui.hawaii.edu/isisa2006/; http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20060801sustainabilityfair.pdf)


2006 Hawaii Conservation Conference

The 2006 Hawaii conservation conference will be held on 26-28 July 2006 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. The theme of this year's event will be "Sustainability: Mauka to Makai." Visit the conference web page for more information. Also included will be an all-ISCs workshop PDF icon on Thursday, July 27th from 1-5pm. (Info posted 03 MAY 2006 by EMS. updated 29 JUN 2006 by LF) (URLs: http://www.hawaiiconservation.org/events.html; http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20060727iscsconconworkshop.pdf)


Strawberry Guava Biocontrol

The Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, USDA Forest Service has petitioned the Hawaii Department of Agriculture for permission to release the strawberry guava leaf gall scale (Tectococcus ovatus), an insect agent for the biocontrol of strawberry guava in Hawaii. Already part way through the approval process, the petition will be reviewed by the Hawaii Board of Agriculture on 22 November 2005, then in public meetings in each of the Hawaii counties. Public testimony will be accepted. For more information about the petition process, see this petition announcement PDF icon. For more information about strawberry guava leaf gall scale, see the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry invasive species web page. (Info posted 15 NOV 2005 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20051115strawguavabiocontrolpetition.pdf; http://www.fs.fed.us/psw/topics/ecosystem_processes/tropical/invasive/)


California Conference on Biological Control

The fifth conference on biological control in California will be held on 25-27 July 2006 in Riverside, California. Topics of discussion will be risk assessment for weed biological control agents, biological control research for the urban environment, and the importance of biological control to the citrus industry. Registration information can be found at the conference website. (Info posted 01 MAR 2006 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.cnr.berkeley.edu/biocon/CCBC%20V.htm)


Advances in Threat Assessment and Their Application to Forest and Rangeland Management Conference

The Advances in Threat Assessment and Their Application to Forest and Rangeland Management Conference will be held on 18-20 July 2006 at the Millennium Harvest House Hotel in Boulder, Colorado. Explore the latest information on environmental threat assessment and management as applied to forests and other wildlands of North America. For more information, visit the online announcement. (Info posted 31 MAY 2006y by LF.) (URL: http://www.threats.forestencyclopedia.net)


MISC at the Makawao Rodeo Parade

Come march with MISC in the Makawao Rodeo Parade, July 1st, 2006. The parade starts at 9am, marchers should meet at 7am wearing MISC clothing or hats. Contact Teya Penniman ( misc@hawaii.edu ) for more information. (Info posted 27 JUN 2006 by LF)


Classroom Presentation and Plant Sale on Ohia Lehua

On June 17, 2006 the Friends of Honolulu Botanical Gardens will hold a classroom presentation and plant sale at Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens in Kaneohe, Oahu about ohia lehua. Registration begins at 9:00am with the class starting at 9:30. The plant and photograph sale will follow from 11:00 to 12:00. For more information, see the online announcement  PDF icon or call the Friends' office at 537-1708. (Info posted 06 JUN 2006 by LF.) (URL: http://www.honolulu.gov/parks/hbg/#hoomaluhia and http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20060617ohia.pdf)


Toll-free Pest Hotline in Hawaii

Hawaii now has a "(t)oll-free invasive pest hot line to be staffed 7 days a week", according to a 23 January 2006 Maui News article. The Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species is kicking off a "Silent Invasion" campaign to promote a new pest hotline 634-PEST, for reporting alien pest species. The new hotline will be staffed seven days a week, 20 hours a day by the state Department of Agriculture to provide a faster response to callers who may observe an undesirable pest such as a snake. Read more about the new hotline in this article. (Info posted 23 JAN 2006 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.mauinews.com/story.aspx?id=16282; http://www.hear.org/cgaps; http://www.mauinews.com/story.aspx?id=16282)


Focus Maui Nui Walkstory

On June 24th Focus Maui Nui will host a participatory event to ensure that resident community values will help guide the development of the County's General Plan 2030. The event will mark the launch of public input for this plan that takes a comprehensive look at social, economic, environmental, and physical aspects of Maui County. For more information, see the online flyer  PDF icon, or call 808-875-2388. (Info posted 07 JUN 2006 by LF) (URL: http://www.focusmauinui.com/pdf/Ad4_Color_whbkrd.pdf)


Lawai Kai Day

Please come and join in for a day of weeding and planting native plants at the Lawai Beach at the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG). Meet at the NTBG Headquarters (3530 Papalina Road, Kalaheo) at 9 am on Saturday, June 17 for transport into the valley. Work will go until noon. NTBG will provide snacks and cold drinks to all. For more inofrmation contact Ellen Coulombe [ecoulombe@NTBG.ORG]   (Info posted 06 JUN 2006 by LF per Ellen Coulombe.) (URL: http://www.ntbg.org/gardens/allerton.html)


2006 Weeds Across Borders Conference

The U. S. Federal Interagency Committee for the Management of Noxious and Exotic Weeds (FICMNEW) and the U. S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are sponsoring the 2006 weeds across borders conference on 25-28 May 2006 in Sonora, Mexico. This conference will focus on international invasive species issues concerning Canada, United States, and Mexico. Conference information is available online. (Info posted 23 AUG 2005 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.fws.gov/ficmnew/; http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/; http://www.desertmuseum.org/borderweeds)


2006 Pacific Island Agroforestry Workshops

Agroforestry Net is sponsoring the following Pacific Island agroforestry workshops in May and June 2006.

(Info posted 21 MAR 2006 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.agroforestry.net; http://www.agroforestry.net/events/afwksp2006.html#Anchor-Aloha-49575)


2006 Red Imported Fire Ant Conference

The 2006 Red Imported Fire Ant Conference will be held on 28-30 March 2006 at the Radisson Admiral Semmes, 251 Government Street, Mobile, Alabama. For more registration information, see the conference web page. (Info posted 10 OCT 2005 by EMS) (URL: http://www.aces.edu/dept/fireants/ifa2006.php)


Pesticide Risk Reduction Training

UH CTAHR Cooperative Extension Service will be hosting pesticide risk reduction training short courses in Hawaii. These courses will benefit people who handle pesticides and/or those who are preparing for the Hawaii Department of Agriculture's certification exam for restricted use pesticides.

  • Pearl City, Oahu: 10-12 January 2006, deadline for registration: 09 December 2005
  • Hilo, Hawaii: 24-26 January 2006, deadline for registration: 23 December 2005
  • Maui Community College, Maui: 28-30 March 2006, deadline for registration: 25 February 2006
Registration information is available at the program website. (Info posted 22 NOV 2005 by EMS.) (URL: http://pestworld.stjohn.hawaii.edu/pat/schedule.html)


ATSE Crawford Fund Fellowship

The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) is offering an educational fellowship for an agricultural scientist below the age of 35 years who is a citizen of, or who is working in, one the following countries: Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Federation of States of Micronesia, Fiji, Laos, Marshall Is, Nepal, Nive and Tokelau, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Is, Tonga, Tuvalu and Kirabati, Vanuatu,Viet-Nam. The deadline for nominations is 3 April 2006. More information and nomination forms can be found at the ATSE Crawford Fund website. (Info posted 05 FEB 2006 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.crawfordfund.org/awards/cf_fellowship.htm)


Hawaii Landowner Incentive Program

Application materials are available for the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources' landowner incentive program. Grants are made available to private landowners to improve habitat to benefit endangered, threatened, proposed, candidate, or other at-risk species (plants and animals). The deadline for applications is 2 April 2006. Application details and background information can be found on the landowner incentive program web pages. (Info posted 21 MAR 2006 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/LIP/)


Koke`e State Park Microforest Ecology Walk

An ecology walk featuring ferns, lichens, mosses, and liverworts will be held at Kokee State Park, Kauai on February 24, 2006 at 8:30 a.m. Learn about the ecology of these organisms and the microhabitats that support the amazing biodiversity of life found at Kokee. The walk will be lead by Jay Scelza, a naturalist/lichenologist from Oregon. A service project will be included. Contact Bud or Katie at (808)-335-9975 [Kauai] for more information. (Info posted 23 FEB 2006 by EMS.)


HISC Research and Technology Grants

The Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC) is soliciting proposals PDF icon for projects that initiate and support research that will result in improved management or control strategies for alien invasive species in Hawaii. The final deadline for proposals is 08 December 2005. For more information about how to apply, download the request for proposals PDF icon. (Info posted 11 NOV 2005 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/HISC/; http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/2005rfphiscrt.pdf)


The International Effort to Conserve Plant Diversity: Policy, Partnerships, and Practices

A free lecture and slideshow entitled "The International Effort to Conserve Plant Diversity: Policy, Partnerships, and Practices" will be presented by Paul Massey on Thursday, 08 December 2005, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Harrison Chandler Education Center, National Tropical Botanical Garden, 3550 Papalina Road, Kalaheo, Kauai. (Info posted 02 DEC 2005 by EMS.) (URL: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=3550+Papalina+Road,+Kalaheo,+Hawaii&iwloc=A&hl=en)


USDA Interagency Research Forum on Invasive Species

The USDA Interagency Research Forum on Gypsy Moth and other Invasive Species will be held 10-13 January 2006 in Annapolis, MD. Topics covered will include invasive plants and their impacts, gypsy moth research, risk assessment for invasive species, exotic wood boring insects, and biological control. Visit the research forum website for more details. (Info posted 02 DEC 2005 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.fs.fed.us/ne/morgantown/4557/forum/)


HISC Outreach and Education Grants

The Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC) is soliciting proposals for projects that inform or educate on invasive species issues in Hawaii. The final deadline for proposals is 31 October 2005. For more information about how to apply, download the request for proposals (Info posted 30 SEP 2005 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/HISC/; http://www4.hawaii.gov/bidfiles/Pub%20Outreach%20Request%20for%20Proposals%20FY06.pdf)


EGW Control Seminars

Erythrina gall wasp control seminars will be held on at the following locations and dates.

(Info posted 07 OCT 2005 by EMS.) (URLs: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Hapuna+Beach+Prince+Hotel,+Kailua-kona,+HI&ll=20.112682,-155.983887&spn=1.090295,1.779510&hl=en; http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/200510egwhawaiiseminar.pdf; http://maps.google.com/maps?q=2500+Honoapiilani+Highway,+Wailuku,+HI&iwloc=A&hl=en; http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20051020egwmauiseminar.pdf; http://maps.google.com/maps?q=955+Kamehameha+Hwy,+Pearl+City,+HI&iwloc=A&hl=en; http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20051021egwoahucontrolseminar.pdf)


HISC Research and Technology Grants

The Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC) is soliciting proposals for projects that initiate and support research that will result in improved management or control strategies for alien invasive species in Hawaii. The final deadline for proposals is 03 November 2005. For more information about how to apply, download the request for proposals. (Info posted 07 OCT 2005 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/HISC/; http://www4.hawaii.gov/bidfiles/Public%20Notce%20HISC%20RT%20004.pdf)


Brazilian Symposium on Invasive Alien Species

The first annual Brazilian Symposium on Invasive Alien Species will be held in 4-7 October 2005 in Brasilia, Brazil. Conference details are available online. (Info posted 16 DEC 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://institutohorus.org.br/trabalhosa_simposio_eei_eng.htm)


Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions Conference

The 8th international ecology and management of alien plant invasions (EMAPI) will be held on 5-12 September 2005 in Katowice, Poland. Registration and program information are available on the conference website. (Info posted 20 APR 2005 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.emapi.us.edu.pl/index.php)


Marine Bioinvasion Conference

The fourth annual marine bioinvasion conference PDF icon will be held 23-26 August 2005 in Wellington, New Zealand. This conference is being hosted by Biosecurity New Zealand (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry) and the MIT Sea Grant Program (USA). Conference details PDF icon are available online. (Info posted 23 DEC 2004 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20041223marinebioinvasionmemo.pdf; http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/index.htm; http://web.mit.edu/seagrant/)


2005 Wetland Management in the Hawaiian Islands Workshop

The fourth annual wetland management in the Hawaiian Islands workshop will be held on 6 - 7 October 2005 at the Ko`olau Golf Club, 45-550 Kionaole Road, Kaneohe, Hawaii. Visit the Hawaii Chapter of the Wildlife Society's events & conferences web page for registration information. (Info posted 23 SEP 2005 by EMS.) (URL: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=45-550+Kionaole+Road,+Kaneohe,+Hawaii&spn=0.018109,0.030088&hl=en; http://www.tws-west.org/hawaii/events_conferences.html)


Waikiki Alien Algae Cleanup Event

An alien algae cleanup day will be held on 24 September 2005 at 7:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at the Hilton Hawaiian Village beachfront in Waikiki, Hawaii. For more information download the September event flyer PDF icon, visit the alien algae cleanup volunteer page, or contact the alien algae cleanup coordinator via e-mail (opheim@hawaii.edu), or phone (808-779-2616 [Oahu]) (Info posted 22 SEP 2005 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.alienalgaecleanup.org; http://www.hear.org/cgaps/pdfs/20050924alienalgaecleanupflyer.pdf)


Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions

The 9th International Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions will be held on 17 - 21 September 2007 in Perth, Australia. Visit the conference web page for more information. (Info posted 16 DEC 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.congresswest.com.au/emapi9/)


Marine Bioinvasion Conference

The fourth annual marine bioinvasion conference PDF icon will be held 23-26 August 2005 in Wellington, New Zealand. This conference is being hosted by Biosecurity New Zealand (Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry) and the MIT Sea Grant Program (USA). Conference details PDF icon are available online. (Info posted 23 DEC 2004 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20041223marinebioinvasionmemo.pdf; http://www.biosecurity.govt.nz/index.htm; http://web.mit.edu/seagrant/)


Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions Conference

The 8th international ecology and management of alien plant invasions (EMAPI) will be held on 5-12 September 2005 in Katowice, Poland. Registration and program information are available on the conference website. (Info posted 20 APR 2005 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.emapi.us.edu.pl/index.php)


Waikiki Alien Algae Cleanup Event

An alien algae cleanup day will be held on 24 September 2005 at 7:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at the Hilton Hawaiian Village beachfront in Waikiki, Hawaii. For more information download the September event flyer PDF icon, visit the alien algae cleanup volunteer page, or contact the alien algae cleanup coordinator via e-mail (opheim@hawaii.edu), or phone (808-779-2616 [Oahu]) (Info posted 22 SEP 2005 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.alienalgaecleanup.org; http://www.hear.org/cgaps/pdfs/20050924alienalgaecleanupflyer.pdf)


HISC Meeting

The Hawaii Invasive Species Council will meet on 18 August 2005 between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the Hawaii Department of Agriculture Plant Quarantine Branch Conference Room (1849 Auiki Street, Honolulu; onsite telephone: 808-832-0566). The agenda PDF icon is available online. (Info posted 11 AUG 2005 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/HISC; http://www.hear.org/announcements/hisc/pdfs/20050818hiscmeetingagenda.pdf)


2005 Hawaii Conservation Conference

The 2005 Hawaii Conservation Conference will be held 28-29 July in Honolulu, Hawaii. Hawaii's restoration efforts will be the theme of this year's conference. The deadline to submit papers, posters, and symposia is 1 May 2005 (note: date change). Information about the conference, the call for papers, and registration can be found on the Hawaii Conservation Conference website. (Info posted 18 FEB 2005 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.hawaii.edu/scb/docs/events/evconfer.htm; http://www.hawaii.edu/scb/docs/events/evconfer.htm)


HISC Prevention Working Group Agenda

The meeting announcement/agenda PDF icon of the 08 August 2005 meeting of the Prevention Working Group of the Hawaii Invasive Species Council is now available online. (Info posted 02 AUG 2005 by PT and updated on 10 AUS 2005 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20050808hiscpreventionwg.pdf; http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/HISC/)


2005 National Marine Educators Association Conference

The National Marine Educators Association Conference will be held 11-18 July 2005. Visit the conference website for more details. (Info posted 16 DEC 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.hawaii.edu/mcc/oceania/NMEA05AB.html)


International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species

The 14th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species will be held 14-19 May 2005 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Visit the conference website for more information. (Info posted 17 JUN 2005 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.icais.org/)


Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference

The 13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference, hosted by the Vertebrate Pest Committee (VPC) of Australia and New Zealand, will be held on 02-06 May 2005 in Wellington, New Zealand. For more information, visit the conference web page. (Info posted 16 DEC 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/news/conferences/vertebratepest/)


Aquatic Weed Control Course

The 2005 aquatic weed control short course will be held on 16-20 May 2005 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This course will include training for aquatic weed identification and control. Visit the course website for more information. (Info posted 20 APR 2005 by EMS.) (URL: http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/aw/)


Hawaii Coqui Frog Strategy Meeting

A coqui frog strategy meeting will be held on 1 June 2005 in Hilo, HI (exact location is yet to be determined). This meeting will cover current research and control tools available for coqui frog management in Hawaii. For more information, contact webmaster@hear.org (Info posted 10 MAY 2005 by EMS.)


Plants for Planting Workshop

The US Department of Agriculture- Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (USDA-APHIS) is hosting a plants for planting workshop on 25 May 2005 at the USDA Center, Riverdale, MD. Draft criteria for identifying potential pest plants, and host plants that may serve as pathways of potential quarantine pests, pathogens, and weeds will be determined at this public meeting. More information can be found online. (Info posted 10 MAY 2005 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/index.html; http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/Q37/workshop/index.html)


Strange Days on Planet Earth

National Geographic's Strange Days on Planet Earth will air on PBS on April 20 and 27. The "X-files style" series will include episodes on invasive species, global warming, extinction, and pollution. For more information and local viewing times, see the Strange Days on Planet Earth website. (Info posted 17 FEB 2005 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.pbs.org/strangedays/; http://www.pbs.org/)


HISC Research and Technology Grants

The Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC) is soliciting proposals PDF icon for scientific research and technology development which will improve management and control strategies for alien invasive species in Hawaii. The final deadline for proposals is 4 April 2005. For more information about how to apply, download the request for proposals PDF icon. (Info posted 29 OCT 2004 and updated 16 MAR 2005 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/HISC/; http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/pdfs/fy2005hiscresearchrfp.pdf)


HISC Research and Technology Grants

The Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC) is soliciting proposals PDF icon for scientific research and technology development which will improve management and control strategies for alien invasive species in Hawaii. The deadlines for proposals are 3 November 2004, 3 January 2005, and 3 March 2005. For more information about how to apply, download the request for proposals PDF icon. (Info posted 29 OCT 2004 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/HISC/; http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/pdfs/fy2005hiscresearchrfp.pdf)


Brown Treesnake Technical Meeting

The 2005 Brown Treesnake Technical Committee Meeting will be held the first week of April 2005 in Honolulu, Hawaii. For more information contact Leilani Takano (Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office Box 50088; 300 Ala Moana Blvd.; Honolulu, Hawaii 98560.) (Info posted 23 DEC 2004 by EMS.)


Conservation Innovation Grants

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting proposals for the 2005 Conservation Innovation Grant. 15 million dollars in grant money will be awarded to innovative projects which enhance the environment in conjunction with agricultural practices. Additional funds are available for American Samoa, the Territory of Guam, and the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Islands through the Pacific Basin area state component. The deadline for proposals is 28 March 2005 for the national competition and 11 April 2005 for the Pacific Basin area. For more information, visit the USDA NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants web pages. (Info posted 16 MAR 2005 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/; http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/cig/; http://www.pb.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/cig_grant_state.html)


58th Western Society of Weed Science Meeting

The 58th Western Society of Weed Science meeting will be held on 8-10 March 2005 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. A complete meeting program is available online. (Info posted 18 FEB 2005 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.wsweedscience.org/meeting/meeting.asp)


2005 National Weeds Awareness Week

The Sixth Annual National Invasive Weeds Awareness Week (NIWAW VI) will take place 27 February through 4 March 2005 in Washington, D.C. A full schedule of events is available online. (Info posted 18 February 2005 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.nawma.org/niwaw/niwaw_index.htm)


Annual Meeting of the Weed Science Society of America

The 45th annual meeting PDF icon of the Weed Science Society of America will be held on 7-10 February 2005 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Biological control of weeds in Hawaii and weed genomics will be discussed. Information and registration materials PDF icon are available online. (Info posted 19 OCT 2004 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.wssa.net/society/05mtngbrochure.pdf; http://www.wssa.net/)


Guam Brown Tree Snake Activities Cut

USDA- Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service- Wildlife Services has announced a 50% reduction in brown tree snake containment conducted at Department of Defense ports of exit on Guam as of 1 October 2004. The loss of the brown tree snake interdiction from Air Force and Navy air cargo facilities, where two thirds of the 6,000 escaping brown tree snakes are intercepted annually, will increase the threat of introduction to other Pacific Islands. For more information about the brown tree snake and the Guam containment activities reduction, please read the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS) Guam Brown Tree Snake Containment Activites Cut PDF icon press release and Brown Tree Snake factsheet PDF icon. (Info posted 31 AUG 2004 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ws/; http://www.hear.org/cgaps/index.htmlhttp://www.hear.org/cgaps/pdfs/20040830cgapspressrelease.pdf; http://www.hear.org/cgaps/pdfs/cgaps_btsfactsheet.pdf)


Proposals Sought for "Silent Invasion" PSAs

The Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS) is soliciting proposals and quotes for the development and production of five public service announcements for the "silent invasion" media campaign PDF icon. For more information please refer to the request for proposals PDF icon and the request for quotation cover form (zipped spreadsheet) WinZip icon. The deadline is 31 January 2005 at 5:00 p.m. HST. (Info posted 04 JAN 2005 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.hear.org/cgaps/; http://hear.org/announcements/pdfs/200501cgapspsarfp.pdf; http://www.hear.org/announcements/extras/200501cgapspsarfp.zip; http://www.hear.org/cgaps/pdfs/200401_cgaps_media_campaign_update.pdf.)


Weed bill signed into law

S.144, the Noxious Weed Act of 2004 was signed into law on 30 October 2004. This law is designed to provide assistance to invasive species management entities in their efforts control and eradicate noxious weeds on United States Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service lands. The law is available online in full text. (Info posted 16 DEC 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:SN00144:@@@X)


Hawaii funds the fight against invasive species

"Alien species battle gets three million dollar boost- a surprise reduction of one million leaves many conservationists disappointed," reports the 1 July 2004 edition of the Honolulu Advertiser. Governor Linda Lingle announced the state funding, up from the $628,000 spent state wide for invasives but one million less than expected, at the annual Hawaii Conservation Conference. The ">complete story is available online.  PDF icon (Info posted 02 AUG 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://starbulletin.com/2004/07/01/news/story5.html)


Snowflake Coral in the news

"In Hawaii, Alien Species Launches Underwater Invasion," reports a 05 July 2004 Washington Post article. The alien species, snowflake coral (Carijoariisei), threatens Hawaii's $25 million per year black coral industry. Read the article for more details. (Info posted 02 AUG 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A27933-2004Jul4.html)


Maui County Frog Squad

Maui County, Hawaii residents are being urged to form frog squads to combat coqui frogs. The Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) has joined forces with the county to help landowners rid their properties of the unwanted intruder. The MISC Got Frogs? PDF icon flyer encourages homeowners to work with their neighbors to watch for coqui frogs, and the Maui County Department of Public Works and Environmental Managementis providing citric acid to Maui County residents who wish to use it as a pesticide on the frogs. Contact Rob Parsons, Maui County Environmental Coordinator (email: rob.parsons@co.maui.hi.us) for availability of the citric acid, and download the MISC Got Frogs? PDF icon flyer for more information on how to form a frog squad. (Info posted 25 MAY 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/misc/index.html; http://www.hear.org/misc/pdfs/misc_gotfrogs.pdf; http://www.co.maui.hi.us/departments/Public/)


Bulbuls on the Big Island

Big island residents are urged to report bulbul sightings, according to a 26 March 2004 press release PDF icon from the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS). Recent sightings of the red-vented bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) near Hilo, Hawaii has raised concerns that the bird has become established on the island. The bulbuls, common on Oahu but not found on any other Hawaiian island, are considered a serious agricultural pest. For more information, read the press release PDF icon. (Info posted 28 MAR 2004 by EMS) (URL: http://www.hear.org/cgaps/pdfs/20040426cgapspressrelease.pdf; http://www.hear.org/cgaps)


Hawaii Tops Nation in Extinctions

The 04 April 2004 Honolulu Star Bulletin article entitled "Hawaii tops nation in extinctions, report says: A federal agency is accused of failing to protect species," discloses that 52 Hawaiian species became extinct in the first 20 years of the Endangered Species Act, one half of the entire 114 species listed. The article summarizes a new report, Extintion and the Endangered Species Act, released in April 2004 by the Center for Biological Diversity. (Info posted 28 MAR 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://starbulletin.com/2004/04/23/news/story2.html; http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/swcbd/Programs/policy/esa/eesa.html; http://www.biologicaldiversity.org)


International Harmful Algae Conference

The XIth annual International Conference on Harmful Algae (ICHA) will take place from 15-19 November 2004 in Cape Town, South Africa. This conference will be held by the the International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae (ISSHA) and the Phycological Society of Southern Africa (PSSA) at the new Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). More information is available at the conference website or by contacting the ICHA secretariat: phone (+27 21 683 5522). (Info posted 02 MAR 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.botany.uwc.ac.za/pssa/hab2004/)


2004 Predator Control Workshop in Hawaii

The Hawaii Chapter of the Wildlife Society is presenting a Predator Control Workshop PDF icon on 4-5 November 2004 to be held at the Koolau golf course in Kaneohe, Hawaii. The workshop will focus on the protection and management of native species through control of non-native predators. For more information, please see the online registration PDF icon and agenda PDF icon, or contact Christina R. McGuire (e-mail: mcguirec@hawaii.edu.) (Info posted 13 OCT 2004 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.tws-west.org/hawaii/; http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/twsworkshopregistration.pdf;  http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/twsww04agenda.pdf)


Hawaii Land Owner Incentive Program Grants Available

Hawaii Land Owner Incentive Program Grants are available to enhance, protect, or restore private lands to improve habitat for at risk plants and animals. The deadline for the grant applications is 31 October 2004. Visit the Hawaii Land Owner Incentive Program for application materials and more information. (Info posted 08 OCT 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/LIP/)


Online Professional Development Course

Understanding and Assessing Plant Invasions- A Framework for Prioritizing Management Strategies PDF icon, an online professional development course, will be offered by the Center for Invasive Plant Management at the Montana State University- Bozeman. The course description PDF icon is available online. (Info posted 14 OCT 2004 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/2005invasviemanagementcourse.pdf; http://www.weedcenter.org/; http://www.montana.edu/)


HISC Outreach Grants

The Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC) is soliciting proposals PDF icon for projects that will educate or inform the public about invasive species. The deadline for proposals is 30 November 2004. For more information and iformation about how to apply, download therequest for proposals PDF icon and the request for proposals cover letter PDF icon. (Info posted 26 OCT 2004 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/HISC/; http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/pdfs/fy2005_hiscoutreachrfp.pdf; http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/pdfs/fy2005_hiscoutreachrfp_cover.pdf)


Hawaii Aquatic Invasive Species Workshop

The Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources and the Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i are holding an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Workshop PDF icon. The workshop will be held on 8 December 2004 at the Hawaii Department of Agriculture Plant Quarantine Facility on Oahu, Hawaii. Registration ends on 24 November 2004. For more information download the workshop agenda PDF icon or send your inquiries to Bruce Casler (e-mail: bcasler@tnc.org). (Info posted 03 NOV 2004 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dar/; http://nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/hawaii/; http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20041208aisworkshop.pdf)


International Aquatic Invasive Conference

The 13th annual International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species, hosted by the Institute of Technology Sligo, will be held in Ireland on 19-23 November 2004. This 4-day conference will provide a venue for a comprehensive review of the accumulated scientific knowledge on aquatic invasives, while also helping to foster international cooperation and coordination. More information on the conference can be found at the conference website, in the online brochure and registration form PDF icon, or by contacting the conference administrator, Elizabeth Muckle-Jeffs (email:profedge@renc.igs.net). (Info posted 02 DEC 2003 by EMS) (URL: http://www.aquatic-invasive-species-conference.org/:http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/2004_aquaticinvasiveconference_ireland.pdf)


Alien Coral Spreading in Hawaiian Waters

A Honolulu Starbulletin article,Alien coral threatens isle waters, reports that the alien snowflake coral, Carijoa riisei, is spreading across the Au Au Channel between Maui and Lanai. The snowflake coral, once thought to be confined to harbor areas, now poses a major threat to Hawaii's $30 million dollar black coral industry, as well as creating a "a virtual graveyard" in the Maui black coral beds according to Sam Kahng, a graduate student in oceanography at the University of Hawaii. For more information, read the article. (Info posted 20 JAN 2004 by EMS) (URL: http://starbulletin.com/2004/02/17/news/story4.html; http://www.hawaii.edu/)


Red imported fire ants found during exotic ant surveillance in New Zealand

Red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) were found at the Port of Napier, New Zealand during a routine exotic ant surveillance conducted by Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), according to a recent press release. The ant surveillance and monitoring is conducted by MAF for high-risk areas such as international ports, transitional facilities, container yards and some nurseries, and has been responsible for the early detection and control of a number of exotic ant species. Infestations in New Zealand pose an economic and ecological threat to Hawaii, according to the Honolulu Advertiser article New Zealand ant case exposes threat to Hawai'i. The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources is asking the Legislature for $5 million to beef up the state's response to invading alien species, such as the red imported fire ant.
For more information, read the MAF press release, the 23 February 2004 Honolulu Advertiser article, or the MAF invasive ants brochure PDF icon (Info posted 18 FEB 2004, updated 23 FEB 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.maf.govt.nz/; http://www.maf.govt.nz/mafnet/press/040204ants.htm; http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/Feb/23/ln/ln30a.html/?print=on; http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/;http://www.maf.govt.nz/biosecurity/pests-diseases/animals/invasive-ants-brochure.pdf)


Oh No! Not My Wisteria!

A National Public Radio (NPR) piece entitled "Oh No! Not My Wisteria!" talks about invasive exotic plants, many of which are sold in nurseries and coveted by unsuspecting gardeners. Favorite garden and horticultural plants can escape from yards and parks into natural areas, wrecking havoc on native ecosystem properties. Visit the "Oh No! Not My Wisteria!" webpage to listen to the radio piece, view an invasive plants slide show, and for more information. (Info posted 17 MAR 2004 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.npr.org/; http://www.npr.org/programs/talkingplants/features/2002/020320.invasive.html)


Sudden Oak Death Spreads

The Sudden Oak Death (SOD) pathogen, Phytophthora ramorum, was detected in plant shipments originating from two southern California nursery wholesalers, according to a USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) program update PDF icon. The detection of the pathogen on several varieties of camellia during a routine plant inspection has prompted regulation of interstate movement of 31 plant species PDF icon, as well as inspections in the 39 states which received shipments of infected stocks from the nurseries. The P. ramorum pathogen is known to infect a variety of plants besides oaks, including Rododendron spp. and Vaccinium spp. (huckleberry and blueberry). For more information on SOD, visit the USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Sudden Oak Death webpages, read an <online factsheet, or visit the California Oak Mortality Task Force <SOD pages (Info posted 31 MAR 2004 by EMS.) (URL: >http://www.aphis.usda.gov/; http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/update3-26-04.pdf; http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/ispm/sod/pdf_files/sodorder4-22-04signed.pdf; http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/ispm/sod/; http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/plaveg/protect/pestrava/sodmsc/sodfacte.shtml; http://www.cnr.berkeley.edu/comtf/)


Hawaii shows leadership in fighting invasive species

The article entitled "Hawaii shows leadership in fighting invasive species" in the 8 March 2004 Star-bulletin highlights how state efforts to combat invasive species may serve as a model for the United States. The National Invasive Species Committee visited Hawaii to see the "grass-roots movement" against invasives that they hope to copy on the continent. Read the entire online article for all of the details. (Info posted 29 MAR 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://starbulletin.com/2004/03/08/news/story6.html)


How invasive species could kill our economy

"How invasive species could kill our economy," the cover story in the May 2004 edition of HawaiiBusiness online, gives details pertaining to the rising costs associated with battling invasive species like gorilla ogo seaweed, dengue fever, and coqui frog in Hawaii. Read the article online. (Info posted 25 MAY 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.hawaiibusiness.cc/hb42004/default.cfm?articleid=1; http://www.hawaiibusiness.cc/hb42004/index.cfm)


Landscape Change and Ecosystem Disturbance on Islands and Continents

The 47th annual meeting of the International Association of Vegetation will be held on 18-23 July 2004 at Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The theme of this year's symposium will be landscape change and ecosystem disturbance: islands and continents. For more information visit the conference website, or email iavs2004@hawaii.edu (Info posted 25 MAY 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.iavs.org/hawaii.htm; http://www.iavs.org/)


Japan passes invasive alien legislation

The Japanese Diet has passed an invasive alien act PDF icon intended to prevent the introduction of new potentially harmful species, ban the possession of certain invasives, and aid in the mitigation of invasive alien species already present in Japan. The details of the bill are available at the Ministry of the Environment- Alien Species page (Info posted 27 MAY 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.env.go.jp/en/topic/as/040427.pdf; http://www.env.go.jp/en/topic/as.html)


International Conference on Weed Biology

The twelfth annual International Conference on Weed Biology will be held on 31 August through 2 September 2004 in Dijon, France. The program and registration PDF icon are available online. (Info posted 02 AUG 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.dijon.inra.fr/malherbo/AccueilE.htm; http://www.dijon.inra.fr/malherbo/colloque/colloque1.htm; http://www.dijon.inra.fr/malherbo/colloque/circulaire2.pdf)


Snake sighting on Maui, Hawaii

A "snake sighting on Hana Road incites search" reported the August 13 Honolulu Star-Bulletin. A three foot snake was sighted in a rural area of Maui, triggering a search including officials from Guam and the Northern Marianas. 236 credible snake sightings have occured in Hawaii between 1990 and 2000, according to the Department of Land and Natural Resources. Read the full article for more information. (Info posted 17 AUG 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://starbulletin.com/2004/08/13/news/story14.html; www.state.hi.us/dlnr/)


Mongoose on Kauai?

The hunt for mongoose continues on Kauai, Hawaii, according to the article "Mongoose on the loose?" in the 18 August 2004 edition of Honolulu Weekly. A series of mongoose sightings beginning in February triggered a large-scale search bythe Division of Forestry and Wildlife and Kauai Invasive Species Committee (KISC) The mongoose, present on all of the major Hawaiian Islands except for Kauai, Lanai, Niihau and Kahoolawe, threatens endemic birds that have been thriving on Kauai. Read more about the hunt for the Kauai mongoose online. (Info posted 19 AUG 2004 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.honoluluweekly.com/feature_main.html;http://www.dofaw.net/; http://www.hear.org/kisc; )


Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions

The ninth international conference on the ecology and management of alien plant invasions will be held on 17-21 September 2007 in Perth, Australia. This conference, organized by the Weeds Society of Western Australia, will showcase the latest research on the ecology and management of invasive plants. Registration information can be found online. (Info posted 19 AUG 2004 by EMS per PT.) (URLs: http://www.congresswest.com.au/emapi9/; http://members.iinet.net.au/~weeds/)


Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC) meeting 21 September 2004 ;

The Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC) will meet on 21 September 2004. The meeting announcement and agenda PDF icon is available online. (Info posted 14 SEP 2004 by PT.) (URL: http://www.hear.org//hisc/pdfs/20040921hiscmeetingagenda.pdf)


Flora of Kalalau Valley (Kauai) - 15 October 2004

A public presentation on the flora of Kalalau Valley (Kauai) PDF icon will take place at the National Tropical Botanical Garden Headquarters in Kalaheo on Friday, 15 October 2004 at 6:30 pm, after the Kauai Native Plant Society (KNPS) general meeting (at 5:30 pm). This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call Michelle Clark (808-651-9926), or e-mail her at Michelle.Clark@hi.usda.gov. KNPS welcomes all those interested in native plants to attend both the presentation and the KNPS meeting. (Info posted 23 September 2004 by PT) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20041015kalalauvalley.pdf)


Proposals sought for East Maui Weed Mapping Project

A request for proposals PDF icon for the creation of a noxious weed map of the East Maui watershed has been announced by The Nature Conservancy. The deadline for proposal submission if 15 October 2004. Details PDF icon are available online. (Info posted 08 OCT 2004 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/2004emauiweedsrfp.pdfhttp://nature.org/)


Hoike o Haleakala Teacher Workshop

A teachers workshop PDF icon will be held 02-06 August 2004 for the Maui-based environmental education curriculum Hoike o Haleakala. Registration for the workshop is free, but ends on 15 July 2004. Registration details PDF icon are available online. (Info posted 02 AUG 2004 by EMS per PT.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/hoike/pdfs/hoike_teacher_workshop.pdf; http://www.hear.org/hoike)


Planetary Protection Meeting

The Planetary Protection Advisory Committee will be meeting on 10-11 June 2004 to discuss efforts to prevent cross-contamination of life forms from one planetary body to another. For more information, visit their website. (Info posted 21 MAY 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://spacescience.nasa.gov/adv/pp.htm)


Wild Pig Symposium

The biology, management, and control of wild pigs; a symposium for land and resource managers will be held on 21-22 April 2004 in Augusta, Georgia. The symposium will address various aspects of the biology of wild pigs, including the management and control of this invasive species. The meeting agenda, registration forms, and more information can be found at the Biology, Management, and Control of Wild Pigs Symposium Website. (Info posted 06 MAR 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://swcs.tripod.com/wildpig.html)


"Invasive Plants of the Pacific Islands" is now available

Version 4. of the Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER), "Invasive Plants of the Pacific Islands" is now available online. This website provides descriptions of plant species that threaten natural and semi-natural ecosytems of the Pacific islands.

    In this version you will find:
  • Information on 900+ plant species that are invasive on Pacific islands or are invasive in similar ecosystems. PIER now includes information on agricultural and ruderal weeds as well as species of environmental concern.
  • Risk assessments for many species that are specific to Hawai'i and the Pacific islands in addition to those previously included from Australia. All assessments leading to a recommendation of "pest" or "evaluate" have further information (to the extent it is available) on PIER.
  • Over 2,200 photos are included to aid in identification, and 293 species have images of voucher specimens from the Bishop Museum.
  • The island-by-island presence of the listed species has been documented by reference to the literature, on-site surveys or specimens in herbarium collections.
The "Invasive Plants of the Pacific Islands" website can be found at http://www.hear.org/pier/. A CD version is available for those with slow Internet access or who want to work off-line. For more information or to order a CD, contact Jim Space, project manager (email: pier@hear.org). (Info posted 17 MAR 2004 by EMS per PT.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/pier/)


Mongoose sighting on Kauai

A mongoose was sighted on 23 February 2004 on the previously thought to be mongoose-free island of Kauai, according to a recent press release PDF icon by the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS). The possible presence of mongoose on Kauai has prompted a rapid response effort by the Kauai Invasive Species Committee (KISC) to trap the pest/s before they multiply and cause serious harm to Kauai's rich seabird and waterbird populations. (Info posted 25 FEB 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/cgaps/pdfs/20030224cgapsmongooseonkauaipressrelease.pdf; http://www.hear.org/cgaps; http://www.hear.org/kisc)


Hawaii Invasive Species Council has first meeting

The Hawaii Invasive Species Council (HISC) had its first meeting Wednesday, 23 July 2003, according the the 24 July 2003 Honolulu Star-Bulletin article entitled Isle council urges cooperation to stop invasive species. Because the council is composed of state department heads, it can reportedly order changes in state policy. Cooperative efforts to address invasive species issues were encouraged. A few of the agencies and organizations involved with and/or attending the meeting included representatives of the Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), the County of Maui, The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii (TNCH), and the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS). The agenda PDF icon for this meeting is available online.  (Info posted 25 JUL 2003 by EMS per PT.) (URLs: http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/http://www.co.maui.hi.us/http://nature.org/hawaii/http://www.hear.org/cgaps/http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20030808HISCagenda.pdf)


"The Alien Pest Species Invasion in Hawaii" paper is now available online

"The Alien Pest Species Invasion in Hawaii: Background Study and Recommendations for Interagency Planning," the document widely considered to be the best of its kind about interagency planning regarding the alien pest species invasion in Hawaii has been made available online through the HEAR website. This report was originally jointly prepared by Susan Miller of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Alan Holt of The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii (TNCH). Read the full text pdf PDF icon online. (Info posted 25 JUL 2003 by EMS) (URLs: http://www.hear.orghttp://www.hear.org/articles/tnchnrpp1992/)


Invasional 'Meltdown' On An Oceanic Island

Invasional 'meltdown' on an oceanic island, published in Ecology Letters, describes how biological invasions affect community structure and ecosystem function. Invasion by the alien crazy ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes) caused changes in at least three trophic levels of a rain forest system in the first two years after introduction to Christmas Island, which is located 360 km south of Java in the Indian Ocean. For more information on crazy ants, read the article or visit The Wilderness Society's Yellow Crazy Ants on Christmas Island page. (Info posted 01 NOV 2003 by EMS) (URL: http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/links/doi/10.1046/j.1461-0248.2003.00512.x/abs/; http://www.wilderness.org.au/campaigns/marine/christmas_island/ants_ci)


First HISC meeting held

The first official meeting of the Hawaii Invasive Species (HISC) council, officially appointed by Hawaii's Governor Linda Lingle, was held on 29 October 2003. Items that were approved by the council include approval of a working group structure, approval of a process for the HISC to provide input to federal invasive species legislation and policies, and approval of an initial list of invasive species. The HISC is also working on adding federal members to the Council as participants. (Info posted 01 NOV 2003 by EMS)


Science and Decision-Making in Biological Control of Weeds

"Science and Decision-Making in Biological Control of Weeds: A Conference on the Benefits and Risks of Biological Control," will be held on 27-29 January 2004 in Denver, Colorado. Topics include "Scientific inputs into the decision-making process", and "Tools for evaluating the risk of potential biological controls." The full agenda PDF icon and registration information are available online. (Info posted 03 DEC 2003 by EMS) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20040127weedmeeting_msu.pdf; https://www2.montana.edu/confservices/invasive_plant/)


Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan

The recently released draft Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Management Plan PDF icon, is the result of a multi-agency effort being coordinated by The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii for the Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Aquatic Resources. The purpose of the aquatic invasive species management plan is to prevent and manage their introduction, dispersal within and from Hawaii. Aquatic invasives have been associated with the recent $1 million clean up of Salviania molesta out of Lake Wilson on Oahu, and the estimated $20 million annual cost to control the seaweed Hypnea musciformis on Maui. (Info posted 03 DEC 2003 by EMS) (URL: http://www.hear.org/pdfs/2003aquaticinvasive_mgmt_plan_draft.pdf; http://nature.org/ http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dar/index.html )


Landscape Change and Ecosystem Disturbance Symposium

The International Association of Vegetation Science is hosting a meeting with the theme "Landscape Change and Ecosystem Disturbance: Islands and Continents." The meeting willbe held 18-23 July 2004 at Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and will include papers, posters, and special sessions on vegetation theory, methods, observations, experiments, and management. For more information, send inquiries to IAVS2004@hawaii.edu. (Info posted 03 DEC 2003 by EMS) (URL: http://www.iavs.org/; http://www.iavs.org/hawaii.htm)


Beijing International Symposium on Biological Invasions

The Beijing International Symposium on Biological Invasions will be held on 8-11 June 2004 at the Institute of Botany, CAS, Xiangshan, Beijing, China. The focus of the conference will be on the "Species Exchanges between Eastern Asia and North America: Threats to Environment and Economy." Registration and program information are available online. For more information, contact Dr. Shili Miao, South Florida Water Management District (phone:(561) 682-6638, fax: (561) 682-5382, email: smiao@sino-eco.org. (Info posted 03 DEC 2003 by EMS) (URL: http://bisobi.sino-eco.org/; http://bisobi.sino-eco.org/registration.html)


Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps Expands Program

The Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) has expanded their Hawaii program, to offer both summer and year-round internships in Hawaii, according to a 29 December 2003 Star Bulletin article "Nature programs are looking for interns". The programs, aimed at high school and college students, will engage participants in hands-on environmental restoration while learning about stewardship, conservation techniques and Hawaii's cultural relationship to the land. Applications are available online. (Info posted 30 DEC 2003 by EMS) (URL: http://www.hawaiiycc.com/; http://starbulletin.com/2003/12/29/news/story7.html; http://www.hawaiiycc.com/getapp.html)


2004 Hawaii Conservation Conference

The 2004 Hawaii Conservation Conference will be held on 29-30 July 2004 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii. The theme of this years conference will be " Hawaii's invasive species challenges." For more information please visit the Hawaii Conservation Alliance Conference website. Early registration is available through 28 May 2004. (Info posted 29 MAR 2004 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.hawaii.edu/scb/docs/events/evconfer.htm)


Biological control for wild ginger developed

Rob Anderson, biological control expert for troublesome weeds from the Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center in Hawaii, was in the New Zealand news during a recent visit. The purpose of his visit was to inform the New Zealander's about the efficacy of using the bacteria Ralstonia solanacearum to control wild ginger. Biocontrol has been a successful alternative to traditional pesticides in the control of invasive ginger in Hawaii, and might prove to be critical in New Zealand's fight against invasive gingers.

  • "Ginger man" visits New Zealand," 19 November 2003, Scoop News
  • "Biological control for wild ginger developed," 29 November 2003 , Dominion Post
  • "Scientists study wild ginger bio control," 20 November 2003, BioScience News and Advocate
(Info posted 29 NOV 2003 by EMS) (URL: http://biology.usgs.gov/pierc/; http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/SC0311/S00067.htm; http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,2742130a7693,00.html; ; http://www.lifesciencesnetwork.com/files/news-detail.asp?newsID=5364)


Hawaiian rare plants in the international news!

"Our Nations's Crown Jewels," the exhibit of rare and endangered Hawaiian plants now at the U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington D.C., was featured on the 6 September 2003 airing of the internationally broadcast Voice of America "Our World" news broadcast. Michelle Clark and Patricia Rouen of the Kauai Native Plant Society were interviewd about the plants on display. Listen to the broadcast available online (requires Real Audio download.) (Info posted 10 SEP 2003 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.voa.gov/index.cfm; http://www.voanews.com/Ourworld/article.cfm?objectID=770343A4-5599-4CCD-85D1F7C016C9CA5D&title=September%206%2C%202003; http://www.real.com/freeplayer/?rppr=rnwk)


Maui's wild parrots in the news

Maui's wild flock of mitred conures (Aratinga mitrata) were featured in the 11 August 2003 edition of the Honolulu Advertiser. The article details the Hawaii DOFAW's possible plans to eradicate the wild birds, which are nesting on the ocean cliffs in Huelo, Maui. The feral mitred conure poses a risk to Hawaiian ecosytems due to its potential to spread the seeds of highly invasive plant species, such as the dreaded Miconia plant. The parrot's relatively large size and home range makes this bird maybe more likely to spread seeds over greater distances than most other native bird species. To find out more, read the article or visit HEAR's Information Index for the mitred conure. (Info posted 12 AUG 2003 by EMS) (URL: http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/Aug/11/ln/ln04a.html; www.hear.org/AlienSpeciesInHawaii/InfoIndexVertebrates.htm#AraMit-vert)


Success in the Coqui War in Hawaii

Coqui are nearly silenced on Oahu and Kauai according to the 27 October 2003 edition of the Honolulu Advertiser. The use of citric acid as a control measure has nearly wiped out the most significant of coqui frogs (Eleutherodactylus coqui) on Oahu and Kauai and is substantially reducing the populations on Maui and the Big Island. Communities affected by the coqui are being encouraged to learn to how to apply the citric acid solution themselves. For more information on how to attain and use citric acid for coqui control, please read Homeowner's Guide to Stopping the Spread of Coqui Frogs on Maui, or contact your local Invasive Species Committee: MISC- Maui and Lanai; OISC- Oahu; MoMISC- Molokai; BIISC- Hawaii; KISC- Kauai. (Info posted 28 OCT 2003 by EMS) (URL: http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/Oct/27/ln/ln15a.html; http://www.hear.org/misc/; http://www.hear.org/oisc/; http://www.hear.org/momisc/; http://www.hear.org/biisc/; http://www.hear.org/kisc/;


USDA funds research into the ecomonic impact of invasives

The USDA Program of Research on the Economics of Invasive Species Management (PREISM) has awarded $1.5 million in grants to support research projects investigating the economic impacts of invasive species. Recipients PDF icon from 8 states include the University of Hawaii, whom received $200,000 to examine the best division of resources allocation between excluding pests from the state and developing strategies for dealing with resident invaders. (Info posted 28 OCT 2003 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.ers.usda.gov/briefing/invasivespecies/preism.htm; http://www.ers.usda.gov/briefing/invasivespecies/Webannouncement.pdf; http://www.hawaii.edu/)


Study initiated on invasive seaweed in Maui's waters

A University of Hawaii- Coral Reef Initiative research project seeking to find possible causes for massive amounts of the invasive red-brown algae Hypnea musciformis that are washing up along the Maui coastline was announced in the 27 October 2003 edition of the Maui News. The article entitled "Study Aims to Answer Seaweed Question" reported that a $250,000 EPA grant would be used to pay for the research, clean up and composting of the rotting piles of seaweed, which have accumulated at rates of up to 300 cubic yards per mile of beach in some areas of Maui. (Info posted 28 OCT 2003 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/GradStud/smith/websites/Hypnea-home.htm; http://whttp://www.mauinews.com/news/story/1027202003_new01study1027.asp)


Habitat and Restoration Grants Available in Hawaii

In a recent press release PDF icon the Unites States Fish and Wildlife Service has announced the availability of funds for Hawaiian landowners to carry out habitat restoration and protection. The funding is available through the Hawaii Endangered Species Act Community Conservation Initiative (HECCI). Public informational meetings will be held:

  • Hawaii Hilo: 27 January 2004 (7:00 - 9:00 P.M., Hilo State Office Bldg.)
  • Hawaii Kona: 28 January 2004 (7:00 - 9:00 P.M., Yano Hall)
  • Hawaii Waimea: 29 January 2004 (7:00 - 9:00 P.M., WaimeaCommunity Center)
  • Oahu: 04 February 2004 (7:00 - 9:00 P.M., Campbell Estate Laulima Room)
  • Kauai: 06 February 2004 (7:00 - 9:00 P.M., Kalaheo Neighborhood Center)
  • Maui: 09 February 2004 (7:00 - 9:00 P.M., Kula Community Center)
  • Molokai: 11 February 2004 (7:00 - 9:00 P.M., Mitchell Pauole Center)
  • Lanai: 12 February 2004 (7:00 - 9:00 P.M., Lanai Public Library)
(Info posted 19 JAN 2004 by EMS per PT.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20040119newsreleaseHECCI.pdf)


Environmental Workshop for Samoan Students

A 2 week training workshop will be held 24 November through 05 December 2003 for Samoan college students interested in postgraduate research studies in various areas associated with conservation and biodiversity. For further information, please contact any of the following: Mr Faainu Latu/ Mr Siliko Siliko, NUS Faculty of Science (voice: 20072 Ext 144/145; e-mail: F_Latu@yahoo.com or s_siliko@yahoo.com) or Dr Nat Tuivavalagi, Workshop Coordinator (voice: 24457 or 71098; email: filia@samoa.ws) or Prof. Dieter Mueller-Dombois, UH Botany Dept (voice: 808-254-1873;email: AMDHAWAII@aol.com) (Info posted 03 OCT 2003 by EMS)


MISC at Maui County Fair

The Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) will be displaying invasive species information at the 2003 Maui County Fair, held Thursday October 2nd through Sunday October 5th at the Wailuku War Memorial Complex. Visit the MISC booth in the gym to find out about "What's invading your neighborhood?" and how to "Help stop the alien invaders." (Info posted 03 OCT 2003 by EMS )


Entire Boiga genus may be added to the Lacey Act

A notice of inquiry PDF icon has been announced by the US Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the addition of the Boiga genus of snakes to the list of injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act. Public comments are being solicited until 12 November 2003. The brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis) is already included in the Lacey Act, which regulates the importation, exportation, and transport of wildlife. The North American Brown Tree Snake Control Team requested that the entire genus be added to the list, to prevent the possible misidentification of a Boiga irregularis for a nonregulated snake species by quarantine officials.
(Info posted 19 SEP 2003 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.setonresourcecenter.com/register/2003/Sep/12/53705A.pdf; http://www.fws.gov/).


International Wildlife Management Conference in New Zealand

"Ki te raki ki te tonga: ki uta ki tai- From the north to the south: from mountains to sea" is the focus of the 3rd international wildlife management conference being held in Christchurch, New Zealand on 1-5 December 2003. Management of over-abundant wildlife and management of wildlife by indigenous people will be two of the principal themes. Registration is available through September 22. For more information contact the Wildlife Congress Secretariat: (voice: 64-3-364-2915; e-mail: wildlife@cont.canterbury.ac.nz) (Info posted 11 SEP 2003 by EMS.) (URL: http://wildlife2003.landcareresearch.co.nz; http://wildlife2003.landcareresearch.co.nz/Register.html)


Conference: Invasive Plants in Natural and Managed Systems: Linking Science and Management

Registration has opened for the Invasive Plants in Natural and Managed Systems: Linking Science and Management conference/workshop being held in conjunction with the 7th International Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions. The conference will be held 3-7 November 2003 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. (Info posted 22 AUG 2003 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.esa.org/ipinams-emapi7/registration_brochure.htm)


Our Nation's Crown Jewels in Washington D.C.

The Kaua'i Native Plant Society will be displaying 60 rare and endangered native Hawaiian plant species at the United States Botanic Garden 29 August through 23 November 2003. The plants will be the centerpiece of an exhibit titled Our Nation's Crown Jewels: Rare and Endangered Species of Hawaii. For more information, read the press releases:

(Info posted 13 AUG 2003 by EMS) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/pdfs/20030822ournationscrownjewelspressrelease.pdf; http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20030822remainsofarainbowpressrelease.pdf; http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20030822hulainourcapitalpressrelease.pdf; http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20030822ournationscrownjewelscollaborators.pdf)


Students get involved in conservation work at Haleakala NP

More than two dozen high school students and recent college graduates are spending their summer repairing trails, assisting with biological surveys, and performing other duties around Haleakala National Park as part of the Youth Conservation Corp and Student Conservation Association programs. These programs are linking interested students with on the job experience at Haleakala NP. Six of the 15 positions in the programs were filled by Maui residents, helping strengthen the link between Hawaiian culture and environmental conservation on Maui. Read the full text of the Maui Times article PDF icon online. (Info posted 15 JUL 2003 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/mauinews20030713envirowork.pdf)


U.S. is losing the battle against aquatic invaders

Expert testimonies presented to the Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Water hearing on the "National Aquatic Invasive Species Act of 2003," assert that the current U.S. actions to curb aquatic invasive species are falling short. The new bill, which seeks to reauthorize and amend the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990, strives to strengthen the current federal standards. More information is available online. (Info posted 26 06 2003 by EMS) (URL: http://ens-news.com/ens/jun2003/2003-06-17-10.asp)


Conference: Invasive Plants in Natural and Managed Systems: Linking Science and Management

Invasive Plants in Natural and Managed Systems: Linking Science and Management, a conference and workshop in conjunction with 7th International Conference on the Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions, will be held 3-7 November 2003 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. (Info posted 20 NOV 2002 by CRA.) (URL: http://www.esa.org/ipinams-emapi7/)

 


The Wildlife Society presents an invasive species symposium

Accidental and Purposeful Introductions of Animals: Investigating Species Interactions at Different Trophic Levels, an invasive species symposium, will be held on 14-16 October 2003 in Sacramento, California by The Wildlife Society. The deadline for presentation abstracts 14 June 2003. More information is available online. (Info posted 14 June 2003 by EMS .) (URL: http://www.tws-west.org/meetings.html#apia)


MISC offers landscaper's award!

The Maui Invasive Species Committee has announced a new annual award to recognize landscape professionals who are helping to keep Maui County free from invasive plants and animals. The new Malama i ka ' Aina award is open to landscape designers, suppliers, or contractors, nurseries, hotels, and other professionals. The award is being co-sponsored by the Maui Association of Landscape Professionals (MALP), and also has the endorsement of the Maui County Mayor's office. Applications are due to MISC by 1 October 2003. For more information contact Mele Fong, Public Relations and Education Specialist, at maui.invasivespecies2@gte.net, and visit the Malama i ka ' Aina page. (Info posted 12 AUG 2003 by EMS.) (URL: www.hear.org/misc/malamaikaaina/)


Landowner Incentive Program Grants

Grant funding for landowners in need financial assistance to improve habitat or implement other activities on private lands to benefit threatened and endangered plants and animals, is being offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in conjunction with the Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW). Applications will be accepted through 26 September 2003. More Information is available online, or by calling the DOFAW Conservation Initiatives Coordinator at 1-808-587-4171 or 1-808-587-0166. (Info posted 02 SEP 2003 by EMS) (URL: http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/LIP/http://www.fws.gov/http://www.dofaw.net/)


Hawaii Agriculture and Landscape Industry 2003 Conference

The business of agriculture and landscape will be the focus of "Changing Times: Growing Opportunities" conference, held by the University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation, and the Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii. The conference will be held on 15 October 2003 at Kapiolani Park and 16 October 2003 at the Pacific Beach Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. Several sessions will have information pertaining to invasive species, including Invasive Species: Improved screening of plant imports to protect agriculture, the environment, and our economy; Uses of bamboo in Hawaii landscapes; and Germination to Termination: Selection, care, and replacement of city trees in Honolulu. General conference information and registration information are available online. Registraion closes on 30 September 2003. (Info posted 09 SEP 2003 by EMS) (URL: http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/ctahr2001/; http://www.hfbf.org/; http://www.lichawaii.com/; http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/hiagconf/index2.asp; http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/hiagconf/registration.asp)


Coqui in the news, again!

The little, but loud, coqui frog (Eleutherodactylus coqui) is back in the news. The use of citric acid as a contol agent was reported in the 09 September 2003 Honolulu Advertiser article "Massive Sprayings Target Frogs". 900 gallons of citric acid solution, roughly twice the acidity of lime juice, was used in the attempt to eradicate the frogs from Schofield Barracks in Honolulu, Hawaii. For more information on the coqui problem in Hawaii, visit the HEAR Alien Caribbean Frogs in Hawaii page. (Info posted 10 SEP 2003 by EMS.) (URL: http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/Sep/09/ln/ln20a.html/?print=on; http://www.hear.org/AlienSpeciesInHawaii/species/frogs/)


Wetland Management in the Hawaiian Islands Workshop

Registration PDF icon is currently underway for the "Wetland Management in the Hawaiian Islands Workshop" held on 16-17 October 2003 at the University of Hawaii Manoa campus by the Hawaii Chapter of The Wildlife Society. The focus of the workshop will be on the protection and management of Hawaiian wetlands for native species, including water bird habitat management, upcoming wetland restoration projects, reviews of mitigation projects, wetland delineation and regulations, fundraising, and updates on endangered water bird recovery in Hawaii. (Info posted 12 SEP 2003 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.tws-west.org/ http://www.tws-west.org/2003HiWetlandWorkshop.pdf)


Biodiversity, trade, and sustainable development workshop held at WTO conference

The Global Biodiversity Forum is sponsoring a set of workshops on biodiversity, trade, and sustainable development immediately preceding the fifth ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organization. The session will be held on 5-7  September 2003 in Cancun, Mexico. The workshop will examine the relationships between world trade expansion and increases in invasive alien species. Registration information is available online. (Info posted 01 07 2003 by EMS per PT.) (URL: http://www.gbf.ch/present_session.asp?no=31&lg=EN)


Hawaii Nature Center watershed management grants available

The Hawaii Nature Center (HNC) is offering grants for community projects that lead to improved water quality in Oahu, Hawaii's Ala Wai watershed, Ala Wai canal, and near shore waters of Waikiki and Ala Moana while also building sustainable community watershed stewardship. $200,000 in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funded money will be made available. Proposals must be postmarked by 30 August 2003. Contact Ramsay Taum (email: ramsay@hawaiinaturecenter.org, phone: 808-955-0100, ext. 27), or visit the HNC applications and guidelines page for more information. (Info posted 12 AUG 2003 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.hawaiinaturecenter.org/EPA/CPPguidelines.htm)


The Hawaii Conservation Alliance (HCA) offers $40,000 in research grants.

The HCA, in cooperation with the Packard Foundation, is offering up to 8 grants for research addressing the unique problems land managers have in Hawaiian ecosystems. This includes research focusing on the development of science-based management practices for Hawaii, work that promotes communication between scientists and land managers, and that which stimulates interagency partnerships. Proposal submission guidelines are available in pdf format.  PDF icon The deadline for submission is 15 September 2003. For more information, visit the HCA grant page. (Info posted 12 AUG 2003 by EMS.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/2003 0812hca_grantproposalrequest.pdf, http://www.hawaii.edu/scb/docs/support/supgrant.htm.)


Hawaii sends multi-agency team to Guam for snake search and capture training

"A multi-agency team from Hawaii has just returned from three weeks of snake search and capture training on Guam. The team was comprised of officials from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA), the Department of Land and Natural Resources-Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DLNR-DOFAW), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS)." Refer to the online press release  PDF icon (09 June 2003) for complete details.

 images See also online images (OK to reproduce and use, courtesy of CGAPS; click on thumbnail to link directly to larger image).

(Info posted 09 June 2003 by PT per Christy Martin/CGAPS.) (URLs: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20030609cgapsbtstrainingpressrelease.pdf; http://www.hear.org/announcements/extras/20030609cgapsbtstrainingpressrelease_images.htm; http://www.cgaps.org/)


Mycorrhiza workshop offered in Hilo!

The University of Hawaii at Manoa will offering a training workshop on the production and application of arbuscular mycorrhizal inoculation on 18 July 2003 at the Komohana Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Hilo, Hawaii. The cost of the workshop is $13.00, which includes lunch, refreshments, and the book Arbuscular Mycorrhizas: Producing and Applying Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Inoculum. Registration deadline is 07 July 2003. More information can be found online.   (Info posted 24 JUNE 2003 by EMS.) (URLs: http://www2.ctahr.hawaii.edu/forestry/Data/Workshops/ArbuscularMycorrhizal/ArbuscularMycorrhizal.html http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/ctahr2001/PIO/ForSalePubs.html#arbuscularMycorrhizas )


CALFED to hold an invasive species adaptive management workshop!

The San Francisco Bay/ Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary Restoration Consortium (CALFED) will be presenting a workshop on adaptive management techniques for control of nonnative invasive species on 17 July 2003 in California. The full schedule of presentations is available online. For more information or to register, email jfquinn@ucdavis.edu or kwebb@delta.dfg.ca.gov.  PDF icon (Info posted 03 July 2003 by EMS) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20030716nisamw.pdf)


EPA Request for Grant Applications

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications for research into the development of regional-scale stressor-response models. The goal of this research solicitation is to develop improved models for use by ecosystem managers to address regional environmental problems, including (along with three other areas) the introduction of exotic species with respect to aquatic ecosystems. For more information, see the description of the solicitation online at Developing Regional-Scale Stressor-Response Models for Use in Environmental Decision-making, or contact Barbara Levinson (phone: 202-564-6911; e-mail: levinson.barbara@epa.gov). (Info posted 02 APR 2003 by PT.) (URL: http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/archive/grants/02/02regstressor.html)


2003 Hawaii Conservation Conference website

The 2003 Hawaii Conservation Conference website is now available. The Conference is sponsored by the Hawaii Conservation Alliance (formerly the Secretariat for Conservation Biology), and will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village (Honolulu, Oahu) on July 10-11, 2003. Please visit the conference website for further information about the meeting (instructions for submitted abstracts, program, registration, lodging, and travel award application). Inquires concerning the conference should be directed to Claudia Hamblin-Katnik (katnik@hawaii.edu) or Kristie Trousdale (trousdal@hawaii.edu). (Info posted 20 FEB 2003 by CRA.)
(URL: http://www2.hawaii.edu/scb/evconfer.htm)


Kokee (Kauai) volunteer opportunities May-June 2003

The Kokee Resources Conservation Program (KRCP) (Kauai) has several great volunteer opportunities in Kokee during May/June 2003 during which you may love to spend some time in the cool mountain forests helping to preserve them. See volunteer event details online.  PDF icon (Of course, you can volunteer any day of the week Monday thru Saturday by contacting KRCP via phone (808-335-9975) or e-mail (rcp@aloha.net); only a day's notice is needed. Wear long pants, long sleeves, hiking boots, and bring a day pack with lunch and drinking water. Tools are provided.) (Info posted 23MAY2003 by PT per e-mail from KRCP.) (URL: http://www.aloha.net/~rcp/; http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20030523_kokee_volunteer_opps_mayjune2003.pdf)


Dr. Lloyd Loope (USGS) to speak on New Zealand quarantine system

 NOTE!  The text and images for this presentation are online via a link at HEAR's Presentations website (http://www.hear.org/presentations/).

Dr. Lloyd Loope (USGS/BRD/PIERC Haleakala Field Station) will make a presentation entitled Needs and possibilities for better quarantine to protect biodiversity in Hawaii: New Zealand as a model  PDF icon at 7:00 PM on Friday, June 6, 2003 at the Tavares Community Center (across from the Pukalani Terrace Shopping Center) in the lower floor meeting room. Lloyd was a founder of the Melastome Action Committee (MAC) in 1991, and is an active participant in the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) (into which MAC evolved). He recently visited the quarantine facilities in New Zealand--arguably the best quarantine system in the world--and hopes to see Hawaii implement some of their strategies. This presentation is sponsored by the Native Hawaiian Plant Society (NHPS). (Info posted 29 May 2003 by PT per info from NHPS.) (URLs: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20030606nhpsnzpresentationbylll.pdf; http://www.hear.org/misc/; http://www.angelfire.com/hi4/nhps/)


Hawaii Botanical Society meeting (June 2003)

The Hawaii Botanical Society meeting for June 2003 (2 June 2003; 7:00 p.m. at St. John Building, Room 11, University of Hawaii, 3190 Maile Way, Honolulu [Oahu]) will feature speaker Trae Menard (The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii) presenting "Restoration and Rare Plant Recovery in Honouliuli Nature Conservancy Preserve. The "plant of the month," Verbascum thapsus, will be presented by Shahin Ansari (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Visitors are welcome! (Info posted 30 May 2003 by PT per HIPLANTS-L:1796.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/AlienSpeciesInHawaii/InfoIndexPlants.htm#verbascum_thapsus)


Sabbatical Research in Applied Conservation

A call for David H. Smith Senior Scholarships  PDF icon has been announced by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). These scholarships provide mid- and late-career scientists opportunity to perform multi-scale and -site research leading to significant innovations in the work of TNC and other conservation practitioners. Applicants must be at the doctoral level and originate from academic, government, and other research institutions as well as from conservation or business organizations. Projects may vary in duration from months up to one year. Details are available online.  PDF icon (Info posted 26 FEB 2003 by CRA per PT.) (URL: http://smithfellows.org/Smith/)


Weed Risk Assessment could have prevented Salvinia problem!

A press release regarding giant salvinia (Salvinia molesta)  PDF icon is now available online. The article (from the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species [CGAPS]) contends that the recent problems with invasion of waterways by giant salvinia could have been prevented had the species been prohibited from entry into Hawaii based on results of the recently-developed Hawaii Weed Risk Assessment System. (Info posted 25 FEB 2003 by PT per e-mail from Christy Martin [CGAPS].) (URLs: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/salvinia_wra_cgaps_press_release_20030225.pdf; http://www.hear.org/cgaps/; http://www.hear.org/AlienSpeciesInHawaii/InfoIndexPlants.htm#salvinia_molesta)

giant salvinia (Salvinia molesta) Salvinia molesta
Photo by Betsy Gagné

Seminar: "Managing for Biological Diversity and Ecological Processes in a Large Conservation Reserve: Arctic Refuge"

A seminar entitled Managing for Biological Diversity and Ecological Processes in a Large Conservation Reserve: Arctic Refuge will be presented by Ms. Anne Marie LaRosa on May 14 (Hilo) and May 15 (Honolulu). Ms. LaRosa is currently with the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (Fairbanks, Alaska). She is a candidate for the position of Forest Health Management Coordinator for the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry (USDA Forest Service). (Time and venue details for both the Hilo seminar PDF icon and the Honolulu seminar PDF icon are available online.) (Info posted 09 May 2003 by PT.) (URLs: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/larosa_seminar_hilo_20030514.pdf & http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/larosa_seminar_honolulu_20030515.pdf)


Seminar: "Invasive plants: problems and remedies"

A seminar entitled Invasive plants: problems and remedies will be presented by Mr. Chris Buddenhagen on May 12 (Honolulu) and May 13 (Hilo). Mr. Buddenhagen is currently with the Charles Darwin Scientific Station (Galapagos Islands, Ecuador), and formerly was with the New Zealand Department of Conservation. He is a candidate for the position of Forest Health Management Coordinator for the Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry (USDA Forest Service). (Time and venue details for both the Honolulu seminar PDF icon and the Hilo seminar PDF icon are available online.) (Info posted 09 May 2003 by PT.) (URLs: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/buddenhagen_seminar_honolulu_20030512.pdf & http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/buddenhagen_seminar_hilo_20030513.pdf)


Brown tree snake presentations (Honolulu)!

There will be a series of public presentations about the brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis) on Thursday April 17, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the Renaissance Ilikai Hotel in Honolulu. As part of a brown treesnake technical committee meeting, there will be seven presentations designed to inform the public about state and federal agency efforts to prevent the spread of brown treesnakes from Guam to Hawaii and the Northern Marianas Islands. For more information about these presentations (and about brown tree snake programs in general), see the online press release PDF icon from CGAPS. (Info posted 16 April 2003 by PT per Christy Martin [CGAPS].) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20030414btsworkshops.pdf)


HRPRG meeting agenda

The agenda for Hawaii Rare Plant Restoration Group (HRPRG) meeting to be held February 28, 2003 at Lyon Arboretum is available online.  PDF icon (Info posted 27 FEB 2003 by CRA per PT.) (URL: pdfs/20030228_hrprg_meeting_agenda.pdf)


March Miconia hunt

The next Sierra Club sponsored Miconia trip will be held on Saturday, March 8. The meeting place is at the Church of the Crossroads parking lot in Manoa (Behind the Varsity theatres in Manoa) at 8am. From there we will drive/carpool to the "Miconia hunting area". Details available online.  PDF icon (Info posted 06 MAR 2003 by CRA) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20030308_miconia_hunt.pdf)


TV show: Silent Invaders - Plants Out of Place II

SILENT INVADERS: Plants out of Place II is a documentary airing on the award winning television series TECHNO 2100. This program features interviews with a variety of respected plant experts, landowners, and federal agencies working together to manage, control and prevent the spread of invasive plants (both terrestrial and aquatic) through successful and effective biological, mechanical and chemical initiatives. This 30 minute TV special airs Saturday, March 1st at 3:30pm (EST) on CNBC during sponsored programming. It will help raise public awareness of the ecological and economical impact invasive plants are having on our country and will reflect the need for ongoing scientific research and cooperation between agencies and related industries. (Invasive plants already infest an estimated 100 million acres, aggressively displacing native species by eight to twenty percent each year. This quiet invasion of ecological enemies is costing landowners and the government billions of dollars in lost revenues and control costs.) See also the online full press release.  PDF icon (Info posted 19 FEB 2003 by PT per press release from Jamie Wood/ITV.) (URLs: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/plantsoutofplace2_20030301.pdf; http://www.itvisus.com)


Miconia hunt, Saturday 08 February 2003 (Oahu)

There will be a Sierra Club-sponsored miconia hunt this Saturday, 08 January 2003. (Miconia calvescens is a highly invasive tree for which eradication efforts are underway on Oahu.) The meeting place is at the Church of the Crossroads parking lot at 8:00 am. From there we will drive/carpool to the "miconia hunting area." Please be sure to wear sturdy hiking boots with good traction. Also, bring your lunch and water (1 to 2 liters are recommended). To guard against mosquitoes wear long pants, long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent. Rain gear, gloves, and eye protection are also suggested for this hike. Be prepared to do some bushwhacking in steep, uneven terrain off trail. We should be finished around 2:00 pm or 3:00 pm. Please make sure to clean your shoes before and especially AFTER the Miconia hunt. There will be a clean-up area after the hunt to make sure none of the miconia seeds spread. (To get an idea of how serious/stringent good clean-up protocol should be, see the online document Considerations and Protocol For Miconia Field Crew.) If you have questions about this miconia hunt, please contact Mike Leech with the Oahu Invasive Species Committee (OISC) at (808) 286-4616 or e-mail him at leech@hawaii.edu. (Info posted 07FEB2003 by PT per e-mail from Amy Tsuneyos.) (URLs: http://www.hear.org/MiconiaInHawaii/; http://www.hear.org/MiconiaInHawaii/MiconiaFieldProtocol.htm; http://www.hear.org/oisc/)


Year of the Hawaiian Forest presentation at Kokee (Kauai)

Koke'e Museum invites everyone to a slideshow by Nathan Yuen on "2003--Year of the Hawaiian Forest". It will be held on February 14, 2003 in Koke'e at Camp Hale Koa at 7 pm. For more information please contact Koke'e Museum at 335-9975.

Hiker and photographer Nathan Yuen will give an overview of the natural history of the Hawaiian Islands and explain why 2003 was proclaimed "Year of the Hawaiian Forest". He will also show photos of the unique ecosystems, plants, and animals that make the Hawaii a special place.

Nathan Yuen is manager of research business services at The Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu. In his spare time, Nathan is an avid hiker/backpacker/kayaker whose passion is to visit remote places throughout Hawaii. As a result, he is able to photograph landscapes from unusual perspectives and capture on film the unique flora and fauna that inhabit these difficult-to-reach places.  PDF icon (Info posted 05FEB2003 by PT per e-mail from Kokee.) (Related URLs: http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/Year2003/index.html; http://hawaiianforest.com/yearofthehawaiianforest.htm)


Hawaii Ant Group meeting: February 2003

The next meeting of the Hawaii Ant Group (HAG) meeting will be held February 20th (2003), 9:00am-12:00noon, during/at the Pacific Entomology Conference (Radisson Waikiki Prince Kuhio Hotel, Honolulu), in one of the upstairs conference rooms (one of the "Territorial Rooms"). For more information about HAG or this meeting, contact Ellen VanGelder (evangeld@hawaii.edu). (Info posted 20030123 by PT based on info in 20030123 e-mail from EVG.) (URL: http://hbs.bishopmuseum.org/ants/)


Botanically correct: a new language is needed to win the day for native species

An opinion piece entitled "Botanically correct: a new language is needed to win the day for native species" was recently published in the online edition of Grist Magazine. The author, Kim Todd, proposes that words such as alien, exotic, and native "help create the perception that the desire to keep out foreign plants and animals is rooted in bigotry," and that a new language is needed to win the day for native species. Todd, environmental writer and author of Tinkering with Eden: A Natural History of Exotics in America, contends that conservationists need to change the vocabulary that's being used to explain the story of invasive species, and that "the price of continuing to tell [the wrong story] is the alienation of the very communities the environmental movement needs most."

(Info posted on 20 NOV 2002 by cra, modified on 21 NOV 2002 by PT.) (URL: http://www.gristmagazine.com/soapbox/todd110602.asp)

 

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Briefing set on battle plan against invasive species

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin article (November 12, 2002) entitled "Briefing set on battle plan against invasive species"  PDF icon highlights some of the invasive pests that are costing Hawaii residents a lot of money. Experts will update state lawmakers and the public November 13 at the state Capitol auditorium on the battle against invasive species. The goal is to arm everyone with information so they can work together during this legislation session.

(Info posted 13 NOV 2002 by cra.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20021112_starbulletin_invasive_species_update.pdf)

 

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Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force meeting November 13 to 15

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force (ANS) is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to preventing and controlling aquatic nuisance species, and implementing the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act (NANPCA) of 1990. The various NANPCA mandates were expanded later with the passage of the National Invasive Species Act (NISA) in 1996. Go to the ANS Task Force home page at http://www.anstaskforce.gov/ for further information.

The Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force will be meeting at the Radisson Prince Kuhio Hotel, Oahu, November 13 to 15. The first day of the meeting Wednesday November 13 is open to all who are interested. The draft agenda PDF icon is now online.

There is an Airport shuttle that can take you to and from the Radisson Prince Kuhio hotel -- the phone number is 808-944-1879 and you must make reservations 24 hours in advance. The cost is $8.00 for a one-way trip and the shuttle runs 24 hours a day, but the office that takes reservations opens at 5:30 AM.

(Information posted 28 OCT 2002 by CRA based on e-mail from Christy Martin.)  (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20021113anstaskforcemeetingagenda.pdf)

 

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Plant invasions, watersheds, and native ecosystems: Preliminary thoughts on the East Maui Watershed

Loope and Kraftsow's 2001 article Plant invasions, watersheds, and native ecosystems: Preliminary thoughts on the East Maui Watershed PDF icon is now online. They propose that "invasive alien species threaten sustainable production of optimal amounts of high-quality water in the East Maui Watershed" and that "undisturbed native Hawaiian forests, with their lush forest floor covered by mosses and ferns, are the optimal cover to maximize sustainable yield of high-quality water."

(Info posted 11 OCT 2002 by CRA.)  (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/loope_and_kraftsow_march_2001_plant_invasions_watersheds_and_ecosystems.pdf)

 

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HEAR partner demos online invasive species maps!

The Hawaii Natural Heritage Program, a partner of HEAR through PBIN, now has a demonstration interactive map project online with an interactive map of Oahu designed using ESRI ArcIMS Internet Map Server software featuring GIS layers including incipient weeds, aquatic species distribution, remaining native natural communities, a LANDSAT TM satellite imagery mosaic, USGS 1:24,000 quadrangles, and a parcel-level managed land layer with level of protection quantified using the National GAP Status definitions. You can read more about the project (recommended; a link to the demo is at the bottom of this page), or go straight to the demo. (Note that this project may not work on some browsers.)

For more information on this mapping project, contact Shannon McElvaney (mcelvane@hawaii.edu).

(Info posted 20AUG2002 by PT.) (URL: http://pbin.nbii.gov/maps/interactive_maps.html)

 

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The Silent Invasion: Hawaii Pest Update (from CGAPS) cgaps_silent_invasion_logo_150x150.gif

"The Silent Invasion: Hawaii Pest Update"  PDF icon will be presented by the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS) on Thursday, November 14, 2002 from 7:00-9:00pm at the Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium in Honolulu. The presentation will cover "What you need to know about: gaps in our quarantine system and why Hawaii may soon have Red Imported Fire Ants; why some experts believe that Hawaii may have snakes; the latest information on coqui frogs, miconia, alien seaweeds and protecting Hawaii from West Nile Virus; a weed risk assessment system to keep the next “garden thug” out of Hawaii; and some proposed bills to help in the battle against invasive species." (Parking is available in the basement, enter from Miller Street.) This presentation is a public service sponsored by the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS), the Island Invasive Species Committees, and the office of Representative Brian Schatz. For more information, please visit www.hear.org/cgaps/ or call CGAPS at (808) 779-6767.

(Info posted 11 OCT 2002 by PT.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/cgaps/pdfs/cgaps_update_announcement_20021114.pdf)

 

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Graduate research assistantship offered for study of alien mollusks!

A graduate research assistantship to work on a project on alien mollusks in the USA has been announced. The project will be to develop a prioritized list of invasive mollusk species that threaten the US. The project is funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the American Malacological Society and will be undertaken under the direction of Dr. Robert Cowie (University of Hawaii/CCRT and UH Department of Zoology). The primary aim of the project is to create a list of species that USDA quarantine officials need to be especially aware of. The project will generate a report to USDA as well as an illustrated website with information and bibliographies about each of the selected species. Further details are available online in the online announcementPDF icon

(Info posted 26AUG2002 by PT based on info from Dr. Rob Cowie (Center for Conservation Research and Training, University of Hawaii.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20020826_ga_mollusks.pdf)

 

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Contractor needed to prepare comprehensive aquatic nuisance species management plan for the state of Hawaii!

The Nature Conservancy Hawaii Field Office (TNCHFO) is seeking a Contractor to prepare a Comprehensive Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan for the State of Hawaii. This contractor will be hired by TNCHFO under a partnership effort between the State Division of Aquatic Resources and TNCHFO. Recruitment details PDF icon are available online. (Info posted 23AUG2002 by PT.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/jobs/pdfs/20020823_seeking_ansplan_contractor.pdf)

 

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Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, US Forest Service, seeks forestry technician

The US Forest Service Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry has an opening for a temporary position of Forestry Technician (GS5) to work in support of the research team on invasive species based in Hilo. See the online posting:

... for more details and for contact information. Closing date for this position is August 16, 2002.

(Submitted to HEAR 14 August 2002 by Duane Nelson [USFS/Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry]) (http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20020814_usfs_forestry_technician.pdf)

 

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Graduate research assistantship offered for study of alien mollusks!

A graduate research assistantship to work on a project on alien mollusks in the USA has been announced. The project will be to develop a prioritized list of invasive mollusk species that threaten the US. The project is funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the American Malacological Society and will be undertaken under the direction of Dr. Robert Cowie (University of Hawaii/CCRT and UH Department of Zoology). The primary aim of the project is to create a list of species that USDA quarantine officials need to be especially aware of. The project will generate a report to USDA as well as an illustrated website with information and bibliographies about each of the selected species. Further details are available online in the online announcementPDF icon

(Info posted 26AUG2002 by PT based on info from Dr. Rob Cowie (Center for Conservation Research and Training, University of Hawaii.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20020826_ga_mollusks.pdf)

 

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A Global Compendium of Weeds: special offer on new book!

A Global Compendium of Weeds, a new book, is soon to be published, and a special offer on its purchase is available for a limited time! See details PDF icon online! (Info posted 19AUG2002 by PT.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20020819_gcw_book_special_offer.pdf)

An early draft of this book is the basis of the information on HEAR's Global Compendium of Weeds website. (The website will eventually be updated to correspond with the book. As an ongoing project, post-publication updates will also be added as available.)

 

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"Wild Parrots on Maui; Time for extermination?

Television show Channel 53, Monday Sept. 9, 7 PM

In 1986, two parrots were allowed to fly free in the Huelo, Haiku area of Maui. These parrots have now multiplied into a large flock that has become a significant threat to the native Hawaiian birds and the native eco system in that area. A number of methods have been tried to capture the birds with limited success while the flock continues to grow. Several of the environmental groups involved in this problem think it is time to take far more drastic steps to get the wild parrots under control.

This program will be an excellent opportunity for the viewers to learn about this problem. Video footage of the flock will be presented. View points in favor of, and in opposition to extermination of the parrots, will be presented on this program. Viewers will be able to email or call in questions for the guests during the program.

A E-mail announcement PDF icon of the television show is available now online.

(Info posted 14 OCT 2002 by CRA. URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20020909wild_parrots_on_maui.pdf)

 

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Hawaii invasive plants meetings (October 2002)!

Meetings entitled Collaborative Discussions About Invasive Species: Work Together for Solutions have been planned in each county in October 2002 that will specifically:

  • create an awareness of the impact of invasive species;
  • look at how the risk assessment process works; and
  • openly discuss the leadership role of the landscape industry.
These meetings are part of the planned follow-up on a first-of-its-kind workshop in December 2001 on the impacts of terrestrial invasive species in Hawai`i, which brought together representatives from Hawaii’s landscape industry, government agencies, and other stakeholders. It was agreed at that time that additional meetings would be held to develop practical solutions to minimize the risk of introducing new invasive plants, and to maintain an economically viable landscape industry. Details of the schedule of these meetings PDF icon are now online. The meeting agenda is now (02OCT2002) also available online.

(Info posted 27AUG2002 by PT; agenda posted 02OCT2002.) (URL:  http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/october2002hawaii_invasive_plants_meetings.pdff; http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/october2002hawaii_invasive_plants_meetings_agenda.pdf)

 

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Kaulunani invasive species meeting proceedings posted!

The proceedings of the workshop entitled From Urban Landscapes to Native Forests: Invasive Species in Hawaii PDF icon are now online (on the DOFAW website). This was an extraordinary two-day invasive species workshop was held on December 7-8, 2001 on the island of Hawaii. Its purpose was to create a setting in which diverse interests might meet to jointly discuss ways to stem the inflow of terrestrial invasive species into Hawaii while maintaining an economically viable landscape industry. This meeting--sponsored by the Hawaii State DLNR Division of Forestry & Wildlife, the USDA Forest Service, and the Kaulunani Urban Forestry Program--was attended by representatives from Hawaii’s landscape industry, government agencies, and other stakeholders.

(Info posted 27AUG2002 by PT. (URL: http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/pubs/invsppproc.pdf)

 

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Hawaii's invasion crisis highlighted (AP story)!

The Associated Press' story on invasive species (Hawaii on front line to fight invasive species, by Rita Beamish) made the front page of the Hawaii Tribune Herald in Hilo on August 26, along with photos of miconia, a brown tree snake, a coqui, and the people fighting them. Good work! There's no trace of the story on the Trib-Herald's website right now, but you can see the link to the same story in the Sunday (Aug. 25) Star-Bulletin: http://starbulletin.com/2002/08/25/news/story9.html.

(Info posted 26AUG2002 by PT based on info from J.B. Friday, Extension Forester, CTAHR/UH.) (URL: http://starbulletin.com/2002/08/25/news/story9.html)

 

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"Native plants in public places" workshop (November 2002)!

You are invited to a workshop entitled Native Plants in Public Places: Hawaii’s Unique Biological Heritage on Friday, November 8, 2002, 8:30AM – 4:00 PM at the Cooperative Extension Service, Komohana Ag Complex 875 Komohana Street, Hilo, Hawaii.

The demand for native Hawaiian plants in commercial, residential, and public landscaping is growing and shows promise of becoming an up and coming industry. Beautiful and distinctive native species are being used as signature plants in parks, gardens, home landscapes, and ecosystem restoration efforts. Federal and state laws that require the use of these plants are driving new opportunities to select and grow them. Many native plants are remarkably easy to grow and tolerant of climatic challenges. Others require some understanding of their particular needs. Our state is home to 282 endangered and 10 threatened native Hawaiian plant species listed under the US Endangered Species Act. Our reputation as being the "extinction capital of the world" gives added urgency to the need to embrace, use and preserve these native plants.

Join us to learn cutting edge information about how to work with Hawaii’s unique natives: design, propagation and maintenance.

A brochure with agenda details and registration form is now online.

(Info posted 02 OCT 2002by PT. (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/native_plants_in_public_places_brochure.pdf)

 

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Next CGAPS meeting: 17 July 2002!

The next regular quarterly meeting of the Coordinating Group on Alien Pest Species (CGAPS) will be Wednesday, July 17, 9:00a-12:00n, in the Paki Conference Room, 1st floor of Paki Hall, at the Bishop Museum. Enter the Museum grounds through the main gate on Bernice St., then turn right immediately to go to the parking area. Paki Hall will be to your left as you enter the parking area, and there is plenty of parking. The agenda for this meeting PDF icon is now available online, as is a road map to Bishop Museum. (Submitted to HEAR for online publication by Steve Lohse, CGAPS.) (http://www.hear.org/cgaps/pdfs/20020717cgaps_meeting_agenda.pdf)

 

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Live python found in airport bin!

ballpython-99x65.jpg "In the 10 years since the state placed amnesty bins at Honolulu airport to give passengers a last chance to discard illegal items, never had any live animal been found.... Until Sunday night." Read the entire article on the Honolulu Advertiser's website. (Thanks to Randy Bartlett of the Maui Invasive Species Committee for bringing this article to our attention.) (Photo © Kevin &Sue Hanley, used with permission.) (http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2002/Jun/04/ln/ln09a.html/?print=on)

 

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CTAHR frog control research

The University of Hawaii College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) once posted information about research by their staff on control of Caribbean frogs in Hawaii. (Unfortunately, however, [as of 02 July 2002] the online document seems to no longer exist; the HEAR webmaster is trying to chase down the reference & get the new reference posted here again. If you can help with info about where [or if] this document exists online, please e-mail the HEAR webmaster [webmaster@hear.org].)

 

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Researchers to Present Kealia Pond Midge Study Results

See this USFWS press release RE: Nov. 30 (2001) Kealia Pond "midge meeting" PDF icon for details about a meeting at 6:30pm Nov. 30, 2001 at the Kihei Community Center at which researchers will present Kealia Pond midge study results. For more information, contact Glynnis_Nakai@fws.gov. (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/kealiapondmidgemtg20011130.pdf; HEAR posting date: 29 November 2001)

 

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Free Workers: Got Big Island Projects?

BIISC is soliciting its members for ideas for projects for the Emergency Environmental Workforce that is planned to start sometime in November 2001. A draft action plan PDF icon is available online for guidance in brainstorming projects and logistics. Details will be discussed at the 09 November 2001 BIISC meeting in Hilo. Send suggestions to miconia2@aloha.net.(URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/eew_action_plan.pdf; HEAR posting date: 01 November 2001)

 

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MISC field worker wanted!

The Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) is recruiting a field worker position. The position serves as part of a field team working towards eradication and control of invasive alien plant and animal species targeted by annual MISC action plan. The full position description is available online. PDF icon Contact Jack Peterson (voice 808-579-2115, e-mail: maui.invasivespecies@gte.net) for more information. (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/miscfieldworkwanted20011030.pdf; HEAR posting date: 31 October 2001)

 

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Invasive ants disrupt ecosystem

The tiny black Argentine ant (Linepithema humile) is well known as a household pest. But by replacing native ants, they could also be disrupting natural ecosystems. Invasive ants disrupt ecosystem, a study by a University of California, Davis, graduate student,published in October 2001 in the journal Nature, has for the first time shown that when key beneficial species are removed by an invader, the destructive effects can reverberate through the ecosystem. (The ecosystem studied was the fynbos in South Africa.) (URL: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2001-10/uoc--iad101001.php; posting date: 16 October 2001)

 

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Pu'u Kukui Watershed field tech job vacancies!

The Pu'u Kukui Watershed Management Area has immediate need for two field technicians. The vacancy announcement PDF icon is available online. Contact Randall Bartlett [e-mail rtb@lava.net] for more information.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pkw_field_tech_20010807.pdf; posting date: 07 August 2001)

 

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New invasive species accounts online!

Several in-depth, illustrated reports of invasive species in Hawaii have been posted to the HEAR website (accessible via links from Information Index for Selected Alien Plants in Hawaii*). The species-based reports focus on the island of Maui, and include distribution maps of native and invaded ranges worldwide. These reports were prepared by Forest Starr, Kim Martz, and Lloyd Loope of the USGS/BRD Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center's Haleakala Field Station in cooperation with the American Water Works Association Research Foundation and the Maui County Board of Water Supply. Reports are available for the following species:

  • Caesalpinia decapetala (cat's claw);
  • Citharexylum caudatum (juniperberry);
  • Citharexylum spinosum (fiddlewood);
  • Cortaderia jubata and Cortaderia selloana (pampas grass);
  • Derris elliptica (poison vine);
  • Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle);
  • Passiflora mollissima (banana poka);
  • Pueraria montana [aka Pueraria lobata] (kudzu); and
  • Senecio madagascariensis (fireweed).
(*In the information index, search for each species name, or the phrase "alien plant report" [no quotes] to find all the new reports.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/AlienSpeciesInHawaii/InfoIndexPlants.htm)

 

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East Maui Watershed Partnership Coordinator Wanted!

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The East Maui Watershed Partnership (EMWP) is looking for a field coordinator (see position announcement PDF icon). Applications will be accepted until August 13. Please send applications to: Director of Human Resources, Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii. 2530 Dole Street, Sakamaki Hall D-100, Honolulu, HI 96822. E-mailed resume packets may be submitted via http://www.careergiant.com. (The information presented here about this position is informational only, subject to change, and should not be construed as the official vacancy announcement. Contact Anders Lyons [e-mail alyons@tnc.org] for more information.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/emwp_coordinator_announcement_200107.pdf)

 

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Discovery Channel's Extreme Hawaii to feature invasive species!

According to Hawaii Cablevision, the premiere of the Discovery Channel's "Extreme Hawaii" (featuring our very own Art Medeiros & Jack Peterson, speaking on invasive species in Hawaii; see website: http://dsc.discovery.com/tuneins/hawaii.html) will air in Hawaii on Sunday, July 22 at 6:00pm, with a second showing at 10:00pm that same day. (Mainland showtimes are 9:00pm Sunday July 22 & 1:00am Monday July 23.) There are subsequent re-runs, too; check the website and/or your local TV guide. On Maui, the Discovery Channel is on Channel 14 in Kihei and other "non-upgraded" areas (whatever that means); in upcountry and other "upgraded" areas, it's on analog channel 34 or digital channel 333. Other-island or mainland folks, check your local channel guide. (URL: http://dsc.discovery.com/tuneins/hawaii.html)

 

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"The heat is on" for tree frogs in Hawaii!

West Hawaii Today reports a method for treating potted plants to kill alien Caribbean frogs in Hawaii. According to the report, researchers from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the University of Hawaii at Hilo and the state Division of Forestry and Wildlife have developed a process that uses hot water to help control the burgeoning population of Caribbean tree frogs plaguing the Big Island. The heat treatment will help ensure the tree frogs aren't being spread from state nurseries to remote areas where reforestation efforts are underway. (URL: http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/daily/2001/Jul-18-Wed-2001/news/news4.html)

 

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New book on alien species in Hawaii!

The Honolulu advertiser reports that a new book has been produced by a group of the state's premier scientists who study Hawaii's natural world. The topic of the book is the major threat to the remaining native ecosystems in Hawaii: invading alien plants and animals. It's so big a problem that the aliens threaten to drown out the native life of the islands. The book is "Hawai'i's Invasive Species." Its authors are all members of the museum's Hawaii Biological Survey (HBS). The volume was edited by George Staples and Robert Cowie, and was co-published by Bishop Museum Press and Mutual Publishing. Its list price is $9.95, and will be available in bookstores soon. (URL: http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2001/Jul/09/ln/ln19ajan.html)

 

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MISC Field Coordinator Wanted!

The Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) is looking for a field coordinator PDF icon to join its team (whose goal it is to execute MISC's alien species control/eradication action plan PDF icon). The information presented here about this position is informational only and should not be construed as the official vacancy announcement. Contact Jack Peterson (voice 808-579-2115, fax 808-579-2219, e-mail maui.invasivespecies@gte.net) for more information. (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/miscfieldcoordinator20010606announcement.pdf)

 

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Global Forces and their Impacts on the Pacific's Biodiversity: Towards Local and Regional Response Strategies
The 1st Regional Session of the Global Biodiversity Forum for the Pacific (GBF-Pacific) will be convened in Honolulu, Hawaii, on 25-28 September 2001. The Forum will include four parallel workshops addressing: Climate Change, Biodiversity and Livelihoods on Small Islands: Understanding and Mitigating Impacts; Traditional Knowledge, Traditional Resource Management and Biodiversity: Issues, Practices, and Policies; The Impact of Trade in Marine Commodities on the Pacific's Biodiversity: Strategies for Sustainability and Equity; and Invasive Species in the Pacific: Strategies for Countering the Threats.

(Mahalo to Christy Martin [of the Maui Invasive Species Committee] for this info!)


Maui Axis Deer Group (MADG) to be featured on Hot Topics!

The Maui Axis Deer Group (MADG) will be featured on Buck Joiner's Hot Topics program on Maui's public television (Akaku) on Monday, 19 August (2002). Further details PDF icon are available online.

Additional soon-upcoming Hot Topics programs featuring invasive species problems include "Typhus, Rats, Mice, & Fleas" (26 August 2002) and "MISC Parrot Control" (09 September 2002).

Contact Buck Joiner buck@tiki.net for more information about any of these planned programs.

(Info posted 19AUG2002 by PT.) (URL: http://www.hear.org/announcements/pdfs/20020819_madg_on_hot_topics.pdf)

 

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2002 Hawaii Conservation Conference announced!

The 2002 Hawaii Conservation Conference will be held July 18-19 at Hilton Hawaiian Village (Honolulu, Oahu). The theme of the meeting this year is "Environmental Change and Human Activity." Details of the conference, including registration information, are available online at http://www2.hawaii.edu/scb/evconfer.htm. Inquires concerning the conference should be directed to Claudia Hamblin-Katnik (katnik@hawaii.edu) or Kristie Trousdale (trousdal@hawaii.edu). (Info posted 27JUN2002 by PT.) (URL: http://www2.hawaii.edu/scb/evconfer.htm)

 

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Global homogenization: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) reports
See this recent (09 May 2001) Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) report on global homogenization: "Pests and Weeds to dominate as Earth starts to look the same all over". (URL: http://www.smh.com.au/news/0105/09/world/world11.html)

(Mahalo to Kim Tavares [Operation Miconia] for this info!)


Two new books!
Two new books have appeared that might be of interest to those concerned with invasive species issues:

    Tinkering with Eden
    Kim Todd
    2001. W.W. Norton & Co.
    ISBN 0-393-04860-8
    US$26.95

    The Great Reshuffling: human dimensions of Invasive Alien Species
    Jeffrey A. McNeely, editor
    2001. IUCN, Gland Switzerland.
    ISBN 2-8317-0602-5
    price not stated, available from IUCN Publications Services Unit; email: info@books.iucn.org

(Mahalo to George Staples [Bernice P. Bishop Museum] for this info!)


Online article: "Mischievous Species Capitalize on Globalization"
Regarding the effects of globalization on the spread of invasive species, see this recent (21 May 2001) article Mischievous Species Capitalize on Globalization (by Barry James; International Herald Tribune) (http://www.iht.com./articles/20432.htm).


DOFAW's "Hawaii's Most Invasive Horticultural Plants" website now online!
The Hawaii State DLNR's Division of Forestry & Wildlife (DOFAW) has recently published a website entitled "Hawaii's Most Invasive Horticultural Plants." This site includes an excellent introduction to the problem of invasiveness in Hawaii, as well as a list of species considered to be Hawaii's most invasive horticultural plants (along with information about each, and pictures of many of them). (URL: http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/hortweeds)

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HEAR pictures/images now online!
miconia Images are often very useful for conveying valuable information about invasive species. HEAR has access to many images of species native and non-native to Hawaii, as well as many other images relevant to conservation biology in Hawaii (and elsewhere). The "HEARPIX" site is now available with the beginnings of what will hopefully soon be a large number of online images. The purpose of this site is to facilitate "information discovery", i.e. to let folks know what images are available. Information is provided about image/format availability, conditions of use, as well as contact information for the copyrightholders. The ultimate vision is to be able to provide a large online library of thumbnails of images which are available for use by the general public, concentrating on copyright-free images or those which permission to use is likely to be given upon request. (Additionally, some important images which may require royalties paid to the copyright holder may be included if similar images are not known to exist in the public domain.)Whenever possible, various resolutions of images will be posted online for immediate access to digital versions. Also, a list is provided of some selected online sources for additional images of (already or potentially invasive) species. (URL: http://www.hear.org/hearpix)


MoMISC website now online!

HEAR is happy to announce a new website for MoMISC, the Molokai subcommittee of MISC (the Maui Invasive Species Committee). This site was made possible by the efforts of Tina Lau, who provided the information currently available at this site. Mahalo, Tina! Check out the new MoMISC website at:

 


Four new PIER reports now online!

HEAR is pleased to announce the posting of four new reports from from the Pacific Ecosystems at Risk project (PIER):

  • Report to the Government of Niue on Invasive Plant Species of Environmental Concern
  • Invasive plant species on Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia
  • Invasive Plant Species on Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Invasive plant species in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia
More detailed descriptions of--and links to--these reports are available at the PIER section of the HEAR "Articles" page. Mahalo nui loa (thanks very much!) to Jim Space (USFS) and the other authors of these papers for writing them, and allowing them to be shared online! (URL: http://www.hear.org/AlienSpeciesInHawaii/articles/#pier)

 


TNC publishes online Weed Control Method Handbook

HEAR is pleased to announce a link to the newly-published online version of the Weed Control Method Handbook. The Nature Conservancy's (TNC's) Wildland Invasive Species Program (WISP) "is proud to announce the much-anticipated electronic publication of this compendium of tools and techniques useful for managing invasive plants in natural areas. This handbook provides detailed information on the use of manual and mechanical techniques, grazing, prescribed fire, biocontrol, and herbicides, to help you control undesirable invasive plants. It is on the web, free for you to download!" (URL: http://tncweeds.ucdavis.edu/handbook.html)

 


Caribbean frogs discovered on Oahu

The Honolulu Advertiser published an article on 24 March 2001 by Jan Tenbruggencate entitled "Tree frog's lullabies unlikely to soothe Windward residents."

 


Viewpoint: how you can help with Hawaii's invasive species problems! (Maui News, 21 February 2001)

A commentary by Randy Bartlett, chairperson of the Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC), explains how the average citizen can help combat Hawaii's invasive species problems.

 


Maui News reports "Alien pest problem worse than thought"! (Maui News, 11 February 2001)

The urgency of the need for protective measures for Hawaii (and Maui specifically) against incoming harmful alien pest species is greater tha previously reported, says the Maui News in its Feb. 11 (2001) article entitled "Alien pest problem worse than thought: local environmental advocates say invasive species study confirms risks."

 


Report on MISC invasive species forum & Kahului airport inspections! (Maui News, 08 February 2001)

The Maui News' front-page coverage article regarding the MISC alien species forum last Tuesday night is online. The article is entitled "Keeping eye out for pests: inspectors find hundreds of alien pests at airport, but system is not foolproof" (by Valerie Monson).

 


Report on Kahului (Maui) airport inspection "blitz"! (Honolulu Advertiser, 07 February 2001)

Preliminary findings of the Kahului (Maui) airport inspection "blitz" were presented by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture at a February 6 (2001) "Invasive Species Forum" cosponsored by the Maui Invasive Species Committee and the Maui County Farm Bureau. A summary of this report ("Airport inspectors find plenty of trouble" by Tim Hurley) is now available online by the Honolulu Advertiser.

 


Vacancy Announcements!

There are positions available for a CGAPS management support specialist PDF icon (see CGAPS website for more info on CGAPS) and a Miconia field worker (Big Island) PDF icon. Contact Duane Nelson (divebum@aloha.net) for more information.

 


Info on funding available for U.S. invasive species issues!

The report "Invasive Species: Federal and Selected State Funding to Address Harmful, Nonnative SpeciesPDF icon (RCED-00-219. 29 pp. plus 7 appendices [34 pp.] August 24, 2000) is now available on the General Accounting Office (GAO) website. (The GAO is the investigative arm of US Congress.)

 


Newspaper article on Maui invasive species!

See the recent newspaper article in the Honolulu Advertiser entitled "Maui tries to stem plant, frog invasions". This excellent article was written by Jan TenBruggencate and "orchestrated" by the Maui Invasive Species Committee's public relations & education specialist Christy Martin.

 

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Funding available!

There is potential funding available "for fiscal year (FY) 2000 to support competitively awarded research, extension and education grants addressing key issues of national and regional importance to agriculture, forestry, and related topics", including some funding specifically targeted for invasive species work. See the online announcement PDF icon for general information (and the invasive species subsection). The complete RFP and other information on the program are available online at http://www.reeusda.gov/ifafs.

 

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MISC Field Worker Wanted!

The Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) is looking for a field worker PDF icon to join its team (whose goal it is to execute MISC's alien species control/eradication action plan PDF icon). The information presented here about this position is informational only and should not be construed as the official vacancy announcement. Contact Jack Peterson (voice 808-579-2115, fax 808-579-2219, e-mail maui.invasivespecies@gte.net) for more information.

 

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USFWS solicits suggestions for additions to injurious wildlife list!

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is soliciting input for adding to the list of non-indigenous fish and wildlife. You can provide information on species to be considered for addition. For details, see the online notice from the Federal Register as HEAR recently received from USFWS. --> The current list of "injurious wildlife" (including related legislation) is available online at 50CFR16 at the GPO website. For further information, contact Stephen E. Miller at Stephen_E_Miller@fws.gov, Ecosystem Conservation Program, Pacific Islands Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 300 Ala Moana Blvd, Room 3-122, Box 50088, Honolulu, Hawaii 96850; phone: (808) 541-3441; fax: (808) 541-3470.


Free workshop on T&E plants!

'ohai (Sesbania tomentosa), Kanaio (East Maui) There will be a free Workshop on Propagation and Sale of Threatened and Endangered Plants on January 27, 2000 at 6pm in the Cooperative Extension Services meeting room at Maui Community College (MCC). State botanist Vicki Caraway will explain the new state regulations concerning endangered species and how they will affect professional nurseries, landscapers and homeowners. The workshop is sponsored by the Native Hawaiian Plant Society, Hawaii State DLNR/DOFAW, and MCC. For more information, call (808) 876-1813.


MISC Public Relations Specialist Wanted!

The Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) is looking for a public relations specialist to be a part of its newly-formed team (whose goal it is to execute MISC's alien species control/eradication action plan PDF icon). The information presented here about this position is informational only and should not be construed as the official vacancy announcement. (See additional information in the disclaimers on the linked page.)

 

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Chris Buddenhagen speaks on Maui RE: weeds in New Zealand

The Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR), the Maui County Farm Bureau, the Maui Association of Landscape Professionals, and the Friends of Haleakala National Park present a lecture, Another Pacific Paradise Plagued by Pest Plants, by Chris Buddenhagen (New Zealand Department of Conservation). Chris will deliver a visual presentation of infestations of weeds in a range of New Zealand habitats. He will discuss issues surrounding pest plants and conservation, as invasive plants are a problem in natural areas all over New Zealand. He will also show slides of pristine forests and beautiful scenery, indicative of the values and resources that NZDOC is trying to protect. (The lovely volcanic vistas may remind you of Haleakala or Mauna Kea!) Welcome Chris Thursday, July 22 at 7:00pm at the Maui Community College Science Hale, Room 10A (not AG104 as was previously advertised).


A First: Endangered Puaiohi Birds Fledge Four Chicks in the Wild

USGS has issued a press release entitled "A First: Endangered Puaiohi Birds Fledge Four Chicks in the Wild." (Also available as an Adobe Acrobat document PDF icon.)


MISC Coordinator Wanted!

The Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC) is looking for a coordinator to implement its alien species control/eradication action plan PDF icon. The information presented here about this position is informational only and should not be construed as the official vacancy announcement. (See additional information in the disclaimers on the linked page.)

 

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USGS Research Upsets Conventional Wisdom on Invasive Species Invasions

USGS has issued a press release entitled "USGS Research Upsets Conventional Wisdom on Invasive Species Invasions." (Also available as an Adobe Acrobat document PDF icon.)


1999 Hawaii Conservation Conference

The annual Hawaii Conservation Conference is the largest gathering of people actively involved in the protection and management of Hawaii’s native species and ecosystems. The main purpose of the conference is to facilitate interaction among resource managers and the scientific community. It is an opportunity to discuss a wide range of conservation issues and obtain up-to-date information on conservation activities in Hawaii. It is also a time to see old friends, meet new colleagues and form new partnerships.


USGS Finds Palila Population Remaining Stable

USGS has issued a press release entitled "USGS Finds Palila Population Remaining Stable." (The palila is an endangered Hawaiian bird.)

 

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Invasive fishes pose increasing threat to U.S. waters and native fishes says USGS

USGS has issued a press release regarding the increasing threat posed by invasive fishes to U.S. waters and native fishes.


Biocontrol of ivy gourd (Coccinia grandis) in Hawaii

USDA/APHIS announces via a press release that it is accepting comments on an environmental assessment for the release of biocontrol agents for ivy gourd (Coccinia grandis) in Hawaii.

(Thanks to Chris Buddenhagen [New Zealand Department of Conservation, Wellington] for bringing this to our attention!)

 

ivy gourd at Makani Road (Maui) (Coccinia grandis)


1999 Hawaii Conservation Conference call for papers

The 1999 Hawaii Conservation Conference, to be held July 27-28 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Oahu, has announced its call for papers & posters. General information is now available online, as well as guidelines for submissions of abstracts. Eventually (though not as of the date of this posting), the Secretariat for Conservation Biology will post additional details about the 1999 Hawaii Conservation Conference.


Next MISC meeting announced...

The next Maui Invasive Species Committee meeting is scheduled for Friday, April 30, 1999, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, to convene in the Maui County Planning Office's conference room (downstairs, Planning Building, next to the County Building [across from the library]) in Wailuku. (Refer to the "Meeting agendas & notes" section of the MISC website for more details.) For more information, contact Randy Bartlett at (808) 669-5439 (Maui) or via e-mail at rtb@lava.net.


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