Category: Invasive Species

Where Camels & Kangaroos Roam: A Dispatch from Australia’s Martu Country

The country belonging to the Martu people of Western Australia is one of the most intact aridlands on earth. But water is at a premium, and feral camels are drinking that water. Yes, camels.

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Greatest Threat to the Everglades? Maybe Not Pythons

A deceptively deadly invasive species is slithering its way through the Florida Everglades, threatening the entire ecosystem. But it’s not a python.

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Island Mongoose: Conservation Villain or Scapegoat? Or Both?

When the mongoose was introduced to islands, it ate everything. That’s how the invasive species story goes, right? But is it possible it’s more complicated than that?

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Birders: Report Forest Pests During the Christmas Bird Count

The Christmas Bird Count is one of the world’s largest birding events and citizen science efforts. This year, expand your impact by also noting forest pests. Our blogger gets you started.

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Eating Lionfish: Effective Conservation, or a Cure Worse than the Disease?

Around the Caribbean, there are lionfish safaris, lionfish fritters, even lionfish jewelry — all aimed at stopping a particularly damaging invasive species. But is this really effective conservation, or just lionfish hysteria?

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Fading Forests: The High Cost of Invasive Pests

In the past 12 years, 28 new invasive pests have been introduced to North American forests, exacting high ecological and economic tolls. What’s going on? Can anything stop the spread? A new report, Fading Forests III, offers concrete recommendations.

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Eurasian Collared Dove: Have You Seen This Bird?

Thirty years ago, non-native Eurasian collared doves were starting to show up in South Florida. Today, this species is being documented across North America. How citizen scientists help document the spread of a non-native species.

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Scuba Divers Provide Non-Chemical Weed Control on Wisconsin Lake

Eurasian watermilfoil, meet your worst enemies: scuba divers and snorkelers. A chemical-free, cost-effective method of aquatic weed control offers promising results on a Wisconsin lake.

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Adirondacks Rapid Response: An Invasives Success Story

Too little, too late: that’s often the narrative of invasive species. Not here. Not in the Adirondacks. Early detection and rapid response is making a difference–before invasive plants have the chance to become established.

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The Cooler: Towards a Deeper Conversation on Invasive Species

You know the story: invasive species are bad, bad, bad. But what if that old story is a bit more…complicated? “Ecological hit men” Jeffrey A. Lockwood and Alexandre V. Latchininsky confront an invasive grasshopper on a remote island. And the more they look, the less clear the picture.

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Cloud Computing: A Key Tool in the Fight Against Invasive Species

iMapInvasives is a cloud-based database and mapping system that tracks and monitors invasive species in real-time. It’s also a great way to get citizen-scientists and conservation volunteers involved in the fight against invasive species. And the use of the tool is spreading fast (much like an invasive species does, you might say).

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