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Invasive Species Solutions: When Science, Policy, and Stewardship Converge

Thursday, November 14, 2019 @ 6:00 PM-8:00 PM


Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110 United States + Google Map

A Wild Ideas Worth Sharing Speaker Series Event

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Registration is Required. Register by Thursday, November 7. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. CLICK HERE to REGISTER.

Our local lands and waters—and the life they support—are among our region’s most valuable assets. These special places face many threats, including the problematic spread of invasive species. In recent years, the BiodiverseCity St. Louis network of organizations and individuals have joined forces to activate the region in tackling this problem hands-on, through the Honeysuckle Sweep for Healthy Habitats citizen stewardship campaign. This campaign occurs March 1–31 and November 1–30 each year. As part of the November campaign, a trio of field experts have been invited to St. Louis to share the science of invasion biology, underscore the urgent need to manage existing and emerging invasive species, highlight the role citizens can play in changing policy to preserve biodiversity, and how sustained stewardship can restore and heal landscapes and whole communities.

6:00 p.m. Check-in and Networking | Hors d’oeuvres/Cash Bar
6:45 p.m. Formal Presentations

Featured Speakers and Topics:

Ryan McEwan, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Environmental Biology Program Coordinator, Department of Biology, University of Dayton
Amur Honeysuckle: What can we learn about the “rules” of nature from a plant that breaks them all?
Amur honeysuckle seems to always win. It wins in the forest, in the road-side ditch, and in the edge of the agricultural field. If you are not careful, it will win your backyard. Dr. Ryan McEwan shares the science behind why this plant wins all the time, and what that means for forests, streams, and future ecosystems where all the rules have changed.

Theresa Culley, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati; Editor-in-Chief, Applications in Plant Sciences
Stopping Plant Invasions by Starting with Ourselves
The Callery pear is a perfect example of a perfect storm of gardening fervor, widespread commercialization, and prodigious fruit set, all triggered by human desires and tastes. We are all part of the problem, so we must be part of the solution. Dr. Culley shares how she is using science and data to engage policy-makers and build political and cultural will around preserving biodiversity.

Stephen Packard, Woods and Prairie Foundation
Celebrating Invasive Control and the Recovery of Rare Species
Renowned conservationist and ecological restoration practitioner, Stephen Packard, shares stories of failures and dramatic successes in the fight to restore growing populations of endangered and threatened plants, and the wildlife dependent on them. In many cases, it took decades, changes of tactics, and the work of good numbers of dedicated, creative, spirited people.


Supported by the Albers/Kuhn Family Foundation.

Invasive Species Solutions is a Wild Ideas Worth Sharing Speaker Series event of the BiodiverseCity St. Louis network and The Academy of Science – St. Louis in partnership with the Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, Missouri Department of Conservation, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and Shaw Nature Reserve. The Wild Ideas Worth Sharing series shines the spotlight on local and global issues and initiatives that advance biodiversity conservation in significant and novel ways.

BiodiverseCity St. Louis is a nature-driven network of organizations and individuals working to transform landscapes and lives throughout the region who share a stake in improving quality of life for all through actions that welcome nature into our urban, suburban and rural communities. Take the Pledge.


Thursday, November 14, 2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
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Missouri Botanical Garden
4344 Shaw Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
+ Google Map