The Great Lakes Early Detection Network (http://www.gledn.org <http://www.gledn.org/> ) was created by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Colorado State University, and the Midwest Invasive Plant Network, with funding from the National Park Service and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, to facilitate early detection and rapid response across the Great Lakes region through sharing of invasive species location information. GLEDN allows anyone to report sightings of invasive plants in the Great Lakes region and adjoining states, without registering with the website, to facilitate data collection from casual observers. GLEDN is unique as an early alert system, because it utilizes the tools provided by the Global Invasive Species Information Network (GISIN) to share invasive species reports between participating invasive plant databases for the region (e.g. EDDMaps, GLIFWC, NIISS, and others). GLEDN registered users can sign up for customized e-mail alerts, notifying them of new species reports in their areas of interest as new records are entered into any of the participating data providers’ data management systems.
The Midwest Invasive Plant Network is hosting a webcast on April 18 at 12:00 Eastern/11:00 Central to introduce the Great Lakes Early Detection Network. Alycia Crall and Brendon Panke, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will demonstrate the features of the GLEDN website and answer questions about how to report sightings and sign up for alerts. In addition, they will demonstrate some of the benefits of sharing invasive species location data. Help combat the spread of invasive species by joining the network today (http://www.gledn.org ).
Be sure to join the webcast on April 18 at 12:00 Eastern/11:00 Central by following this link: https://gomeet.itap.purdue.edu/gledn/
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