WHAT’S NEW @ MIPN

2017 Membership Drive – Our 2017 membership drive is in full swing! Our member contributions help us to continue our work to reduce the impacts of invasive plants in the Midwest. Please consider joining or renewing your membership online today!  You’ll be in good company!

New Coordinator – MIPN’s new full-time coordinator began work in December of 2016. Check out our new coordinator’s profile, and feel free to get in touch to request training or information about MIPN membership, projects and resources.

New Host Partnership – Since its inception, MIPN has relied on partner organizations to host our staff and administer finances. In late 2015, MIPN forged a new host partnership with The Morton Arboretum, a world-class tree museum 25 miles southwest of downtown Chicago. MIPN and the Arboretum share many overlapping interests, including examination of the invasive potential of new ornamental introductions and the control of invasive plants in natural areas.

Buy Publications Online – MIPN’s publications are now available via The Morton Arboretum’s online store, so placing an order has never been easier! We currently have two field guides, a “why should I care” informational pamphlet, and two “keep a lookout” fact sheets available. Remember, MIPN members receive a 10% discount of their pre-shipping order of MIPN publications!

RESOURCES & EVENTS

Iowa Conference – MIPN is hosting the Iowa Invasive Species Conference in Moravia, IA, March 28 & 29, 2017. Registration is open but almost full! The agenda includes a terrestrial plant ID workshop, sessions on the biology and control of woodland, prairie, and aquatic invasives, and outreach and education strategies. Please contact the MIPN Coordinator if you are interested in assistance with a similar event in your state!

Invasive Plant List and Status – Do you want to know what plants are considered invasive in your state? MIPN's compilation of Midwestern state invasive plant lists helps clarify the listing and legal status of invasive plants across our region. Find links to appropriate DNR websites, state laws, and state invasive species councils' lists of invasive plants. A downloadable excel file of this compiled data is also available via the above link.

Great Lakes Early Detection Network App Training – Check out this webinar to learn about new features to the GLEDN app, including the ability to create polygons for invasive species infestations and recording species not observed during surveys. Please contact the MIPN Coordinator if you are interested in in-person training on the GLEDN app for your organization.

Ornamental Invasives/Invasive Plants in Trade – Check out MIPN’s video describing the threats posed by ornamental plants with invasive tendencies. The video highlights common buckthorn, Japanese barberry, winged burning bush, and Callery pear. For more information about Callery pear, watch this webinar presented by MIPN Board member and plant population biologist Dr. Theresa Culley of University of Cincinnati.