AIS Identification Training With a Side of Ice Cream at Koller Park–Saturday, June 15th.

First of Four AIS Identification Trainings This Summer

The aquatic invasive plant curly-leaf pondweed has made it over the dam into Vance Lake.  And Eurasian watermilfoil has been found above the dam in Manitowish Lake and the Trout River.  Join with your neighbors and friends and learn how to identify curly-leaf pondweed, Eurasian Watermilfoil and other invasive plants and how to monitor for their presence.  And enjoy an ice cream sundae while you learn! 

The MWLA is sponsoring 4 identification trainings at boat landings and parks across the community this summer.  This June 15th event will be at Koller Park with Discovery Center Woods & Waters staff providing the training.  Participants will learn how to identify several invasive plants, including three of our most concerning invasive species, Eurasian watermilfoil, curly-leaf pondweed, and purple loosestrife.

Anyone from the community is welcome to attend.  If you cannot make it to this event, please come to one of the other trainings this summer.  Due to the recent appearance of curly-leaf pondweed in Vance Lake, we are especially encouraging folks from the Manitowish River below the dam and folks from Vance, Sturgeon and Benson Lakes to attend this event at Koller Park.

The AIS Identification training will run from 1:00–2:00 p.m.  Then, if you want, from 2:00–4:00 you can put your skills to use and help remove curly-leaf pondweed from Vance Lake.  Canoes, paddles and life preservers will be provided with the canoes to be launched from the dock below the dam by the Pea Patch.  If you don’t want to get into a canoe, wear something you can wade in, as we have permission to access the water from Dixie’s dock and we can look for or pull curly-leaf pondweed from the shallows.  If you cannot stay until 4:00 that is fine; anytime helping to remove this invasive will be great.

Participants will also receive a copy of the Wisconsin AIS Early Detector Handbook (one per family).

In case of rain, the curly-leaf pondweed removal will not occur but the AIS identification training and ice cream event will still be held, and will take place at the Community Center from 1:00–2:00 p.m.

For information on the other MWLA summer identification trainings (with ice cream sundaes), click here.

So mix a little fun, a little learning, a little ice cream, and some time with your fellow community members while you learn how to identify and monitor for aquatic invasive species.

No registration, just show up.  Free event.

Date:  June 15th, 2024 (Saturday)

Time:  1:00–4:00 p.m.

Place: Koller Park, at the dam in Manitowish Waters