Upcoming Invasive Species Workshops in Mid-Michigan

The Mid-Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) will be hosting invasive species landowner workshops in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham and Ionia counties in May. An invasive species is one that is not native and whose introduction causes harm, or is likely to cause harm to Michigan’s economy, environment, or human health. These workshops are opportunities for local citizens to learn more about some common invasive species in their area and what they can do to help manage and reduce their spread.

 Clinton County: May 15th from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Bengel Wildlife Center in Bath, MI

Join Mid-Michigan CISMA staff and Dr. Pat Rusz to learn about some common invasive species and their impacts on wildlife. The workshop will take participants on a short hike along the center’s nature trails to see examples.

 Ionia County: May 20th from 6:00-7:30 pm at Woodard Lake, 481 Conkey Drive, Fenwick, MI

Join Mid-Michigan CISMA staff for a review of some common invasive species and a “Plant this, not that” discussion to help you select plants for your yard or garden. Also learn about the benefits of natural shorelines and how you can begin to plan for a natural shoreline on your property.

 Ingham County: May 22nd from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Ingham Conservation District in Mason, MI

Join Mid-Michigan CISMA staff and local conservationist Dave Reicosky to learn more about invasive black swallow-wort and its impact on monarch butterflies, as well as ID of some common invasive species. Learn details of an upcoming regional milkweed seed collection project and take home some native milkweed seeds to plant in your yard!

 Eaton County: May 30th from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Eaton Township Hall in Charlotte, MI

Join Mid-Michigan CISMA staff for an introduction of common invasive species ID and management options, as well as prevention steps to reduce the spread of invasive species.

Light refreshments will be available at all workshops. To register for a workshop, please visit  www.inghamconservation.com/mm-cisma or the Mid-Michigan CISMA Facebook events page at  www.facebook.com/mmcisma.  Any questions can be directed to Erin Pavloski, Regional Invasive Species Coordinator at erin.jarvie@macd.org or 517-676-2290 ext. 2. The Mid-Michigan CISMA is funded in part by the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program (www.michigan.gov/invasives)

–Erin Pavloski, Mid-Michigan CISMA Coordinator