April 18, 2013

INHS AIS coordinator receives Lake Guardian award

Each year the Illinois Lakes Management Association recognizes one outstanding professional or volunteer for their significant contributions to preserving and protecting the quality of Illinois lakes.

The Lake Guardian award, given annually, acknowledges each winner’s career-long efforts to ensure healthy lakes throughout the state of Illinois, and this year Illinois Natural History Survey Pat Charlebois was selected from among several nominees.

Pat’s work on outreach efforts to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species is especially important to protecting Illinois’ waterways. The development of tools to inform boaters, anglers, and the general public about the dangers of these species, as well as best management practices and regulations, continue to be instrumental in protecting delicate ecosystems, and Pat has lead the way in these areas. To learn more about our work on aquatic invasive species, visit our AIS page


"Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!" Temporary Tattoos

The Illinois Natural History Survey Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach Team has added four Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Temporary Tattoos to their products page. These tattoos are a fun way to teach children about the spread of aquatic invasive species and their impact on local habitats.

If you’re interested in ordering some these Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! Temporary Tattoos, please visit the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant products webpage. There are four different aquatic invasive species to choose from: Asian carp, Eurasian Watermilfoil, Fishhook Waterflea, and the Zebra Mussel. Individual species may be ordered in packs of 100 or opt for a combination pack including all four species (25 each species).

The Illinois Natural History Survey's Aquatic Invasive Species outreach team is part of the Lake Michigan Biological Station in Zion, Illinois and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant