2012 Everglades Invasive Species Summit


July 25th and 26th
Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center - Davie, FL

Partners

The 9th Annual Everglades Invasive Species Summit will take place at the Broward County Long Key Natural Area and Nature Center in Davie, FL on Wednesday, July 25th and Thursday, July 26th. The Summit will focus on our innovations, successes and challenges related to invasive species research, management and outreach in the Everglades. As always it will provide a good opportunity to learn about new invasive species and review our efforts to control invasive plants and animals that are all too familiar. We're starting early so please plan to be there by 8:30 a.m.

Map and Directions:

http://www.broward.org/Parks/LongKeyNaturalArea/Pages/MapsandDirections.aspx

Lunch:

There will be a donation cup for coffee and refreshments and we'll have takeout/delivery options for lunch.

Lodging:

Renaissance Plantation
1230 South Pine Island Road, Plantation, FL
(954) 472-2252

Best Western
3501 West Rolling Hills Circle Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328
(954) 472-6904 (Fax)

La Quinta Inn & Suites Ft. Lauderdale Plantation
8101 Peters Road, Plantation, FL
(954) 476-6047

Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Plantation
7780 Southwest 6th Street, Plantation, FL
(954) 475-1100

Agenda

Wednesday, July 25th

8:30 am to 9:00 amSign In
9:00 am to 9:10 amWelcome, Tony Pernas and Dennis Giardina
9:10 am to 10:45 amINVASIVE PLANT OPERATIONS UPDATES
Regional Assessment of Priority Plants and Control Efforts - LeRoy Rodgers
Land Manager Reports on Innovations, Successes, Challenges - Hillary Cooley, Jim Burch, Greg Polidora, Jon Lane, Lisa Jameson, Jane Dozier
Biological Control Updates - Ted Center
10:45 am to 11:00 amBreak
11:00 am to 12:00 pmINVASIVE ANIMAL OPERATIONS UPDATES Burmese Pythons - Skip Snow, Frank Mazzotti, Mike Cherkiss, Cheryl Millett
Monk Parakeets - Jim Lindsay
Tegus, Deering Boas, Feral Hogs, DNA Monitoring, Exotic Birds - John Humphrey
Exotic Fish - Dave Gandy and Kelly Gestring
Update from Miccosukee Tribe of Indians - Gintautas Zavadzkas
12:00 pm to 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 pm to 1:20 pmOUTREACH, Rebecca Harvey
1:20 pm to 3:20 pmEARLY DETECTION/RAPID RESPONSE UPDATES
Laurel Wilt - Jorge Pena
Giant African Land Snails - Andrew Derksen and Eduardo Verona
Lumnitzera - Sonya Thompson
Mikania - Dennis Giardina
Pythons and Tegus - Bob Reed
Tegus and Chameleons - Liz Barraco and Dustin Smith
Deering Boas and Tegu Traps - John Humphrey
Homestead AFB Monitors, Caimans, Grassy Key Gambian Pouched Rats - Jonathan Lewis
Gambian Pouched Rat, Northern African Python, Nile Monitor, Nile Crocodile - Jenny Ketterlin Eckles
3:20 pm to 3:30 pmBreak
3:30 pm to 4:30 pmDISCUSSION SESSION, Kristina Serbesoff-King

Thursday, July 26, 2012

9:00 am to 9:10 amWelcome
9:10 am to 11:30 pmMORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Mikania/Lumnitzera EDRR Planning - Dennis Giardina
Objective: Review strategies for continued rapid responses to eradicate Mikania micrantha and Lumnitzera racemosa. Develop an annual plan for control efforts and monitoring. Identify funding needs and potential sources. Plan and schedule cooperative work days.
ECISMA Outreach - Rebecca Harvey Objective: Determine the next steps for ECISMA in the area of "Outreach and Education." Review ECISMA's accomplishments in this area, consider other outreach efforts in the region, and develop a consensus on future needs and gaps related to educating others on invasive species issues in the Everglades region. Discuss funding needs and opportunities. Burmese pythons: Where do we go from here? - Skip Snow and Jenny Ketterlin Eckles
Objective: Review the past year's Burmese python research and management activities and go over the plans for upcoming year. Identify possibilities for collaboration/complementary work, improvements that could be made to existing efforts, and what research/management needs still exist. Given the collective experience with pythons and their management in Florida, recommend where future efforts should go and which management tools are worth developing. Prioritize funding needs.
11:30 am 12:00 pmBREAKOUT SESSION REPORTS AND DISCUSSION
12:00 pm to 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 pm to 2:30 pmAFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Tegu/Nile Monitor/Chameleon EDRR Planning - Frank Mazzotti and Tony Pernas
Objective: Determine the objectives of a continued effort to assess the impact and spread of tegu lizards in South Florida. Discuss the results of efforts to date, research needs and develop an outline for a tegu management plan. Invasive Fish—What's Next? - Jon Lane and Kelly Gestring
Objective: Utilize the findings and recommendations in the white paper 'Non-Native Fishes in Everglades National Park: Minimizing Risks of Habitat Restoration' to: 1) Determine if the issue of non-native fish in the greater everglades area needs to be a higher priority for ECISM; 2) Review the recommendations in the white paper and prioritize for implementation; and 3) Discuss alternatives or actions that ECISMA can take beyond the recommendations in the white paper.
Invasive Plant Cooperative Work Planning - LeRoy Rodgers
Objective: Brainstorm potential invasive plant management cooperative work projects for ECISMA in 2012-2013, then develop an action plan to implement most promising projects. Emphasis will be on projects benefiting multiple partners such as shared border project or demonstration sites.
2:30 pm to 3:00 pmBREAKOUT SESSION REPORTS AND DISCUSSION
3:00 pmAdjourn

Everglades CISMA Co-Chairs

Tony Pernas
Coordinator
National Park Service
Biological Resources Management Division
Florida/Caribbean Exotic Plant Management Team
18001 Old Cutler Road, Suite 419
Palmetto Bay, Fl 33157-6422
Phone: (786) 249-0073
Fax: (305) 253-0463

Dennis J Giardina
Everglades Region Biologist
Invasive Plant Management Section
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Rookery Bay NERR
300 Tower Road
Naples, FL 34113
(239) 229-5403

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