Getting Everyone Involved in Invasive Species Awareness

Post reprinted from Lake Tides Volume 43 No. 3 Summer/Fall 2018.   

Dealing with invasive species can be a daunting task, but don’t give up! There are so many great paid staff and volunteers out there working with you to educate others about the importance of prevention and early detection. Catching an invasive species early can save a lot of money and time – not to mention the health of our natural resources. Check out some of the ways the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council and others are highlighting efforts across the state!

Invader Crusader Awards

The Invader Crusader Awards honor professionals, volunteers and organizations that have made a difference in preventing the spread of invasive species across our state. Recipients of the 2018 awards were recognized at an awards ceremony at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, WI this summer.

Professional Individual: Katelin Anderson, Tim Gerber, Brad Herrick

Professional Group: Johnson’s Nursery – Menomonee Falls

Volunteer Individual: Ruth Marshall, Milly Thissen, Jim Reinartz and Jill Hapner

Volunteer Group: Friends of Festge Park

2018 Video Challenge

With the theme “Protect the Places Where You Play: Keep Invasives Out,” the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council challenged folks again this year to create a two- minute video that would increase awareness of invasive species and prevent their spread. Congratulations to Brad Steckart and the Washington and Waukesha County AIS Teams for their winning video, “Boatbusters!” You can see past winners at http://invasivespecies.

“Brad [Steckart]demonstrates a mature and positive approach to an otherwise difficult situation, invasive species. We truly value his dedication and levelheadedness.” 

~ Hunters Lake Association

Northwoods’ Invasive Species Poster Contest

The Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department (OCLWCD) and the Lumberjack Resource Conservation & Development Council (RC&D) hold an annual poster contest with the intent of educating students about aquatic and terrestrial invasive species in Wisconsin’s Northwoods’ counties. Michele Sadauskas, Oneida County’s Conservationist, began this contest in 2012 to engage students in grades 4-8, County Land Conservation staff and teachers to think about invasive species and how to get the word out to community members. In 2012, there were 82 invasive species posters submitted to the contest, but this year’s judges had their work cut out for them with a total of 586 invasive species posters! The walls of the second floor of the Oneida County courthouse were covered with these posters. The Best in Show for 2018 was this poster about the White Nose Syndrome facing our native bats, created by 8th grader Hannah Rumney.


Hannah Rumey’s poster is one of many featured as artwork at the Oneida County Courthouse.

The 2019 Northwoods’ Invasive Species Poster Contest is taking submissions until May, 2019. Students in Wisconsin public, private, or home schools from grades 4-8 are encouraged to mail submissions (along with their entry form) to Oneida County LWCD, Attention: Invasive Species Poster Contest, Courthouse, 1 South Oneida Avenue, P O Box 400, Rhinelander WI 54501. Applicants can visit the Oneida County AIS website or contact Michele Sadauskas for more information.

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