2023 Annual Maine Invasive Species Network Meeting

Join us for the 2023 Annual Maine Invasive Species Network Meeting!

Invasive species threaten our agriculture, landscapes, natural resources, and even our health. The annual Maine Invasive Species Network (MISN) meeting is the one time each year that Maine’s invasive species professionals come together for learning and networking.  It is the goal of MISN to ensure we have a strong and well-connected cadre of practitioners, researchers, and educators.  This benefits everyone with a stake in our state’s natural resources. Join us for the latest updates and discussion on the invasive pests threatening Maine. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

When: March 23, 2023, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Where: Wells Conference Center, University of Maine, Orono, ME

Price: Free! The registration fee has been waived thanks to our amazing sponsors!

Seating is limited! Don’t put it off, please register right away. The registration deadline is March 6, 2023. Hope to see you there!

Register here!


8:00 – 8:30 am | Registration, coffee, and refreshments

8:30 – 8:45 am | Welcome

8:45 – 9:45 am | State of the State Roundtable by taxa, part 1 (20 minutes each incl. Q&A)

  • Agricultural Pests—David Handley, University of Maine Cooperative Ext.
  • Forest Pests – Colleen Teerling, Maine DACF – MFS
  • Aquatic Plants – Denise Blanchette or John McPhedran, Maine DEP

9:45 – 10:15 am | Spotted Wing Drosophila Biocontrol Research Update, Ben Johnson, University of Maine

10:15 – 10:45 am | Browntail moth research update, Devin Rowe, University of Maine

10:45 – 11:00 am | AM Break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Invasive species Messaging and Framing: A Discussion – Facilitated by Nancy Olmstead (TNC), Catherine Spolarich, (DACF-MNAP) Rebecca Jacobs (Knox-Lincoln SWCD)

12:00 – 1:00 pm | Lunch buffet (provided)

1:00 – 2:30 pm | State of the State Roundtable by taxa, part 2 (20 minutes each, incl. Q&A)

  • Freshwater Invasive Fish – Jason Seiders, Maine IF&W
  • Terrestrial Plants – Catherine Spolarich & Gary Fish, Maine DACF – MNAP
  • Marine Invasive Species – Jeremy Miller, Wells Reserve
  • Terrestrial Vertebrates – Robin Dyer, USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services (30 mins)

2:30 – 3:00 pm |Northeast Study on using eDNA as an early detection tool for invasive Mollusks – Denise Blanchette, Maine DEP & Alison Watts, University of New Hampshire

3:00 – 3:15 pm | PM Break

3:15 – 3:45 pm | Black Swallowwort Biocontrol Research Update, Hillary Peterson, Maine DACF

3:45 – 4:15 pm | Should Maine consider a more comprehensive approach to invasive species management? Review of the recent survey and capstone paper, Gary Fish, Maine DACF

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm | Wrap-Up, MISN announcements—goals, upcoming meetings, online forum, etc.

4:30 pm | Adjourn

This year our many sponsors, including Nutrien Solutions, Kennebec Land Trust, Cabela’s, Maine Entomological Society, Maine Blueberry Commission, The Nature Conservancy, Maine Bureau of Public Lands, Stantec, Maine Association of Wetland Scientists, Alligare, and Envue, have made it possible to waive the planned $20.00 registration fee.






If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate, please contact Kerry Bernard at 207.581.3884, 800.287.0279 (in Maine), or kerry.bernard@maine.edu. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however, all requests will be considered. 

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