Bugs With An Attitude, 2006. “ Adding ” Invasive Species/noxious Weeds to Your Curriculum and the State Content Standards. Outline:. -Define: invasive species/noxious weeds -Why weeds are bad -IPM (Integrated Pest Management)
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-Define: invasive species/noxious weeds
-Why weeds are bad
-IPM (Integrated Pest Management)
-Examples of inserting (NOT adding!) noxious weeds to your curriculum [mine & yours!]
-Adding noxious weeds to the State Content Standards
-Sources of weed curriculum ideas.
“Animals, plants, and pathogens non-native to a country or region that threaten native forms of life in that region.”lib.colostate.edu/research/agnic/glossary.html
Weed: A plant out of place / Any plant that occurs where you don’t want it
Noxious Weed:Montana -Category 1 noxious weeds are weeds that are currently established and generally widespread in many counties of the state. Management criteria includes awareness and education, containment and suppression of existing infestations and prevention of new infestations. These weeds are capable of rapid spread and render land unfit or greatly limit beneficial uses.
-decreased grazing for wildlife and livestock
-decreased diversity therefore, decreased stability
-Increased soil erosion
-decreased water quality and fish habitat
-decreased amt. of food we can produce!
-The idea: using all possible weed control measures together where they best fitIPM (Integrated Pest Management)
Prevention- Keeping weeds out in the first place.
Chemical- Using chemicals such as herbicides.
Biological Control- Beneficial creatures that damage weeds.
Mechanical- Tilling (plowing) or hand pulling the weeds.
Controlled Burning- Safely burning the weeds.
Grazing Using sheep or goats, etc. that will eat the weeds.
Revegetation- reseeding a disturbed site to block or choke out the weeds.
-How might a noxious weed infestation affect a food chain? Energy pyramid? Food web? The web of life??
Knapweed spread 1920, 1940, 1980 & 1982.
-Math, populations, graphing, geography.
The Pretty Little FlowerThere once was a beautiful flowera splendid, native flowerthe beautiful little flowermade it's home in a little meadoweveryone loved this little floweruntil one terrible daywhen a weed came upto spoil her playthe little flower tried to be niceeven shared her little homeand offered the weed to use her phonethe weed wasn't so nicehe was filled with morbid delightsthe poor flower didn't see it cominguntil the weeds were interwoventhey had taken up her homeand now she is forboddenThis is the story of the little flowerwhose life was ruinedby a stupid weedPoetry
By: WHS student
-A group of teachers and weed fighters came together and made a rough draft of 8 items they feel Montana 12th graders should have been exposed to at some point in their K-12 years.
-This would eventually filter up into State standardized tests…
The students will be able to identify the major plant habitats in Montana. [list these]
5. The students will be able to identify the State tree, grass, flower and 3 important noxious weeds. [spotted knapweed, leafy spurge, Dalmatian toadflax - or region specific]