As part of our Oklahoma Invasive Plant Council monthly webinar series, we thought we would go for a fun and seasonal theme this month! To give away the answer – no mistletoe isn’t invasive, but I highly recommend that you join our webinar or watch the recorded webinar to better understand what invasive means and … More Is Mistletoe Invasive?
As part of my surveys of Oklahoma lakes for aquatic invasive plants, I have started a project to test if environmental DNA (eDNA for short) techniques would be useful for surveying bodies of water for aquatic invasive plants. Environmental DNA is DNA from organisms that is collected from the environment – soil, water, air – … More eDNA
The weather has been staying warm, which keeps the lake water temperature high enough to still support aquatic plant growth. However, day light is diminishing and plants are beginning to senesce. We have snuck in a few more lake surveys these past couple weeks and might squeeze another last trip in next week. The field … More Field Season Winding Down
Last week I began a four year project funded by the State Wildlife Grant Program through the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to survey Oklahoma’s public lakes for aquatic invasive plant species. My summer research assistant, Kayleigh, and I are starting locally to make sure we have a good protocol for the surveys in case I … More Lakes: 15 down, 133 to go!