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Tamarisk Leaf Beetle: Complications and opportunities presented by expansion of this species into NM
Riparian habitat in the Southwest has been severely impacted over the last 100 years by the introduction of tamarisk or salt cedar, an invasive, non-native species which can form large monotypic stands that choke out native vegetation and impact native wildlife. Managers have used a wide variety of control methods; the use of a biological control to suppress tamarisk trees has been discussed for years. The tamarisk or saltcedar leaf beetle, Diorhabda, has been tested for 20 years and has recently been released at test locations in the West. The beetle has successfully defoliated huge stands of tamarisk where it has been released and killed large numbers of the trees. So what’s the problem? Unfortunately the beetle has done so well that it has begun to move out of the release areas and into regions where it now threatens the endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, which likes to nest in tamarisk trees. Join us for Dan Ginter’s talk to learn about where we go from here.
Dan works for the Pueblo of Santa Ana in the Department of Natural Resources, and is involved in a variety of projects including deer, elk and antelope monitoring and habitat modification, willow flycatcher surveys, gray vireo surveys, Rio Grande silvery minnow surveys, and range management. He received a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona and a Master’s in Wildlife Science from New Mexico State University. A member of AWF, Dan has over 12 years of wildlife and botany experience working in the Southwest, and has conducted surveys for an array of threatened and endangered species