Projects & Success Stories of Southwest Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area

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Outreach Events

Exotic Animal workshop September 16, 2015

UF/IFAS Immokalee, FL

We held this workshop for Private Landowners to educate them about the possible new invasion of Tegus and other large lizards in our region. We had a great turnout with over 50 people attending and Live Tegu’s were on display for all to see what the live animals look like.

Non-native Fish Round-up May 9, 2015

in conjunction with ECISMA

52 anglers participated; 1,062 fish (16 different species)

2012 Annual meeting February 3, 2012

Our 2012 Annual meeting was held on February 3rd at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. We accepted workday proposals, and Cheryl Millet from the Nature Conservancy and Jeff Fobb from the Miami-Dade County held a Python Capture Training. Attached is our class graduation photo.

2012 Workdays

SR 29 Workday Feb. 29, 2012

On February 29, 2012, in coordination with National Invasive Species Awareness Week, our CISMA treated exotics along both sides of SR 29 and boundaries of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Collier-Seminole State Park, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Conservation Collier Property. Over 25 people from different agencies and 5 volunteers participated. We worked to re-treat approximately 10 acres of sparse re-growth of Brazilian pepper, air potato, castor bean and lead tree along this well traveled corridor in Collier County which connects Tamiami Trail to Goodland.

Pennington Park Workday in Port Charlotte April 4, 2012

Our CISMA held a workday at Pennington Park on April 4, 2012. This park is located in Port Charlotte is managed by the Peace River Audubon Society. The CISMA and volunteers treated BP, wedelia, carrotwood and also found some lygodium.

Private Property Workday in Collier County June 29, 2012

On June 29, 2012, our CISMA held a workday project on a private property which was adjacent to one of the Collier County Conservation Collier Preserves. We had 13 participants come to assist including the property owner who was helping us the entire time She was so grateful and said she learned so much from us and will continue to maintain her property from now on. We treated Brazilian pepper, earleaf acacia, melaleuca and lygodium.

Southwest Florida Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (SW FL CISMA) Exotics Removal Project

April 2011: Brazilian pepper treatment along boundaries of Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Collier-Seminole State Park and Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. 30 volunteers from different agencies, organizations and different companies affiliated with SW FL CISMA worked to re-treat sparse re-growth in this vital, but well travelled corridor in Collier County.

June 2011: planned Collier County python round-up from conservation lands

Summer 2009 - Caloosahatchee National Wildlife Refuge & Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve Pilot Project:

Volunteers, adjacent landowners, and public land management staff will work together to finish invasive treatments in this critical migratory bird flyway.