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FILE - This Nov. 15, 2004 file photo shows tufa towers in Mono Lake near Lee Vining, Calif. Federal firefighters have set fire to invasive non-native weeds on an island in the Sierra Nevada's Mono Lake in an effort to clear space for California gulls to build their nests on the ground. The burn Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 cleared nearly half of 11-acre (4.45-hectare) Twain Island, the Los Angeles Times reported. The lake is an important nesting ground for gulls but the recent arrival of an Eurasian bush known as five-horn smotherweed has left little room for nesting. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Invasive plants burned at Mono Lake gull nesting grounds

Feb. 18, 2020 12:38 PM EST

LEE VINING, Calif. (AP) — Federal firefighters have set fire to invasive non-native weeds on an island in the Sierra Nevada's Mono Lake in an effort to clear space for California gulls to build their nests on the ground. The burn Friday cleared nearly half of 11-acre (4.45-hectare) Twain Island, the Los...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks after watching Asian carp being harvested from Kentucky Lake near Golden Pond, Ky., Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The harvest method mainly targets bighead and silver carp, two of the four invasive carp species collectively known as Asian carp in the U.S. Both bighead and silver carp devour plankton that form the base of the food chains, grow rapidly and reproduce prolifically, outcompeting many native fish. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

McConnell, Ky. gov watch massive Asian carp roundup

Feb. 17, 2020 3:33 PM EST

GRAND RIVERS, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was on hand Monday to witness a massive harvest of invasive Asian carp from Kentucky Lake, after an experimental roundup that wildlife officials say could be the first of many. The roundup began on Feb. 3, with state and federal fisheries...

Illinois officials to detail battle plan against gypsy moth

Feb. 17, 2020 9:37 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials’ plan to combat infestations of the gypsy moth will be the focus of several upcoming meetings in the northern part of the state. The Illinois Department of Agriculture has planned nine open houses to discuss treatment strategies at infested sites,...

In this Feb. 11, 2020, photo, Asian carp are unloaded at Two Rivers Fisheries in Wickliffe, Ky. Asian carp were imported to the U.S. in the 1960s and 1970s as an eco-friendly alternative to poisons for ridding southern fish farms and sewage lagoons of algae, weeds and parasites. The advance of the invasive carp, however, threatens to upend aquatic ecosystems, starve out native fish and wipe out endangered mussel and snail populations along the Mississippi River and dozens of tributaries. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Asian carp roundup in Kentucky opens new front in battle

Feb. 12, 2020 12:12 PM EST

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Like a slow-motion, underwater cattle drive, wildlife officials in a half-dozen aluminum boats used pulses of electricity and sound on a recent gray morning to herd schools of Asian carp toward 1,000-foot-long (305 meters) nets. The ongoing roundup on wind-rippled Kentucky Lake...

Vermont experts to help foresters with invasive plants cost

Feb. 10, 2020 1:10 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — State experts will be hosting a workshop for consulting foresters in Vermont to learn about getting financial help to treat invasive plants. The Feb. 26 workshop be held at the U.S. Forest Service supervisor's office in Rutland. The workshop will be run by the Private Lands Team of...

Florida could use drones to fight pythons, invasive species

Jan. 27, 2020 5:42 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida could turn to the sky to fight Burmese pythons on the ground under a bill a Senate committee unanimously approved Monday to allow two state agencies to use drones in the effort to eradicate invasive plants and animals. The bill would create an exception to a current law...

FILE- In this Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 file photo, a 14-foot, 95-pound, female Burmese python is held tightly by wildlife biologist Ian Bartoszek after he captured it in Naples, Fla. The Super Bowl committee and Florida environmental officials launched a contest on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, for hunters to kill Burmese pythons, which are decimating the Everglades. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

80 reptiles caught in Miami Super Bowl Burmese python hunt

Jan. 25, 2020 4:56 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Eighty Burmese pythons were caught during Miami's 10-day Super Bowl hunt, designed to raise awareness about the invasive species decimating the Everglades. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Saturday that 80 pythons were caught during the competition. Pro grand prize...

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2015 file photo, an army zodiac secures the entrance of the new section of the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt. The Suez Canal, which connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, revolutionized maritime travel by creating a direct shipping route between the East and the West. But as Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of its opening, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway's lesser known legacies, the invasion of hundreds of non-native species that have driven the native marine life toward extinction and altered the delicate Mediterranean ecosystem with potentially devastating consequences. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Experts say Med Sea altered by Suez Canal's invasive species

Jan. 16, 2020 2:28 AM EST

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — As Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway’s lesser known legacies — the invasion of hundreds of non-native species, including toxic jellyfish and aggressive lionfish. The canal,...

Wildlife agency says silver carp reported in East Tennessee

Jan. 13, 2020 6:22 AM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has received a report of invasive silver carp spotted in Chickamauga Lake. An angler told the agency a silver carp jumped into his boat as he deployed a trolling motor, according to a news release from the agency. The man said he saw another...

Volunteers remove invasive plants around Chicago area

Jan. 5, 2020 9:59 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Efforts to remove invasive plant species at eight Chicago-area forest preserves appears to be paying off, according to a volunteer restoration project. A project by the Centennial Volunteers has been targeting river-edge sites in Cook County. Group officials said native plants appear to be...