March 4-8th is Hawaii Invasive Species Awareness Week. There are a few activities happening that you and your students can participate in.
1. On Maui, we’re highlighting the little fire ant. You can do an ant survey with your class to look for the little fire ant! Sharing your students’ samples with MISC will help us make sure we’re not getting any surprise ants sneaking in. Here’s a lesson to work from (from the Hoike Curriculum-hoikecurriculum.org)
2. Participate in the statewide “bioblitz”–submit photos of plants and animals anywhere in Hawaii and post them to the Project Noah website or via mobile app. Over 30 local experts have volunteered to help the public identify the plants and animals in their photos and whether they are native, non–‐native or invasive species. For more information and instructions on how to participate, go to: www.hisaw2013.blogspot.com
Want to help? Awareness of invasive species is key to our work! Help spread the word. The Maui Invasive Species Committee offers classroom visits and trainings for you class or organization. Call Abe Vandenberg or Lissa Strohecker at 573-6472 for more information.
Be sure to check out the rest of the Hō‘ike o Haleakalā Curriculum online at www.hoikecurriculm.org.
This multi-disciplinary curriculum was developed through a collaboration of Maui educators and natural resource managers. It establishes a strong science background, critical thinking skills, and a dedication to resource stewardship.
We also offer trainings on identifying the high-threat invasive species. This training is particularly valuable for organizations or groups who work outside such as golf course maintenance staff, conservation organizations, hiking clubs, and gardening groups. Contact Lissa Strohecker at email@example.com to arrange a training.