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AFE 2021: Invasive Species in Alaska – Citizen Science and Educational Opportunities That Could Make a Difference in Your Community
May 19 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Invasive species are a growing threat to Alaska ecosystems, natural resources, and the economy. Opportunities exist for public participation in the inventory, management, and understanding impacts of invasive species on natural resources of Alaska. This session will introduce participants to citizen science, and educational opportunities for invasive species projects in marine, freshwater, and terrestrial environments. Three examples of such projects will be presented: the Metlakatla Indian Community invasive species management efforts on Annette Islands Reserve and the tribe’s robust outreach and education program that involves the youth of the community in meaningful activities, the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Community Monitoring Program that monitors for invasive tunicates and European green crabs to facilitate early detection and eradication of marine invasive species, and mobile applications and online tools developed by partners with the Alaska Invasive Species Partnership to encourage the public to report invasive species they observe in Alaska.
Jasmine Maurer, University of Alaska Anchorage, Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Genelle Winter, Metlakatla Indian Community
Gina Graziano, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Cooperative Extension Service