Announcements / Opportunities

Upcoming Vermont Invasive Patroller (VIP) Training Workshops

Vermont Invasive Patrollers (VIPs) monitor water bodies for new introductions of invasive species and report their findings to the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). VIPs play a vital role in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species in Vermont. The main duties of a VIP include surveying a local lake or pond for aquatic invasive species at public access areas, inlets, and outlets, as well as submitting suspicious samples to DEC for positive identification.

We encourage any and all who are interested in becoming a VIP to join us for one of two training workshops this June. VIP workshops cover such fundamentals as the difference between native, exotic, nuisance and invasive species; how invasive species are introduced and established; how to differentiate native aquatic plants and animals from their invasive lookalikes (plants will be emphasized); and how to conduct surveys for aquatic invasive species in lakes and ponds.

VIP survey

Vermont Invasive Patrollers Survey on Lake Memphremagog in 2015.

 

2017 Workshop Schedule:

Friday, June 9th, 12:30 – 3:30 PM

VIP Workshop, North Country Career Center, Room 380 First Floor, 209 Veterans Ave, Newport

This will be a joint workshop with the Public Access Greeter Program. The Greeter Training starts at 10 AM and the VIP training starts at 12:30 PM. You are welcome to attend both.

The 3-hour VIP workshop will include classroom and hands-on identification training. An optional site visit to view starry stonewort, a new to Vermont invasive macro algae will follow the workshop. You will need your own non-motorized vessel, pfd and paddle for the site visit unless other arrangements are made with Ann Bove. The site visit will be weather permitting.

Saturday, June 10th, 10:30 – 2:00 PM

VIP Workshop, Marlboro Graduate Center, Room 2E, 28 Vernon St, Brattleboro

This 3-hour VIP workshop will include classroom and hands-on identification training, and a half hour break for lunch. An optional site visit to view the invasive aquatic plant, Eurasian watermilfoil in the Retreat Meadows will follow the workshop. You will need your own non-motorized vessel, PFD and paddle for the site visit unless other arrangements are made with Ann Bove. The site visit will be weather permitting.

Interested workshop participants are encouraged to join our statewide network of volunteers who survey for aquatic invasive species in their favorite lake or pond.

You may now register online.  Workshops and materials are offered at no cost to participants.  Space is limited.  For more information, contact Ann Bove at ann.bove@vermont.gov or (802) 490-6120.