Latest Invasive species News

Wags and weeds: Invasive plants meet match in detection dogs

Aug. 24, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

TUXEDO, N.Y. (AP) — In brushy terrain where a botanical interloper evades detection by the human eye, count on Dia to sniff it out. Dia is a spunky Labrador retriever trained to track down a yellow-flowered shrub that's taking root in New York state parks. She's one of a new breed of detection dog...

Climate change prompts wildlife movement, researchers say

Aug. 24, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Piercing dark eyes gazed at bird enthusiasts and scientists at Paynes Prairie in April. The snail kite, an endangered species native to the Everglades, hadn't been seen as far north as Gainesville for 100 years — until last year, that is. Some research suggests climate...

Unwanted imports: 'I'm a fruit cop. We look for bugs.'

Aug. 24, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A bedazzled cockroach, a monkey and a freezer full of illegally caught redfish: Those are just a few of the things that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have come across in their work to prevent invasive species and animal diseases from entering the country through the Port...

Prohibited invasive species found in Ramsey County lake

Aug. 22, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it has found zebra mussels in McCarron Lake in Ramsey County. The DNR says six zebra mussels were detected by an invasive species expert near the public access and a department survey found an additional half-dozen of the mollusks north...

17 Texas lakes now confirmed with invasive zebra mussels

Aug. 12, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Zebra mussels have been confirmed at two more Austin-area lakes to bring the statewide infestation to 17 Texas lakes in five river basins. The Texas Department of Parks & Wildlife on Monday announced invasive zebra mussels have been discovered at Lake Lyndon B. Johnson in the...

Northeast Michigan working to fight off invasive species

Aug. 12, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

ROGERS CITY, Mich. (AP) — Rogers City officials want to prevent the spread of the invasive phragmites before the plant has a chance to take root in the city. City officials, along with members of the city's business community, recently met with representatives of Huron Pines at a Team Rogers City meeting,...

RI surveying local ponds, lakes for invasive aquatic species

Aug. 10, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is surveying the state's lakes, ponds, and rivers this summer as part of an annual monitoring program to identify invasive aquatic species. During a survey on June 12 in Barney Pond in Lincoln, DEM staff removed several small...

On the North Shore, many hands work to help a dying forest

Aug. 3, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

SCHROEDER, Minn. (AP) — Northern Minnesota once boasted stands of massive white and red pine — giants that lived up to 350 years, with trunks 4 or 5 feet in diameter. When they were logged out, trees with shorter life spans, like birch, took their place. Now, those trees are dying off. What's the...

Vermont town gets grant to prevent aquatic nuisance species

Jul. 29, 2019 5:46 AM EDT

BARNET, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont town is going to use a state grant to keep aquatic nuisance species from arriving in Harvey's Lake in Barnet. The 350-acre Harvey's Lake remains free of Eurasian milfoil and other invasive plants that have been found in other lakes in Vermont. The town received the grant from...

Minnesota tries to stop high-cost invasive weed

Jul. 29, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — On a steamy morning earlier this month, Shane Blair walked methodically through 25 acres of waist-high grass on a restored prairie in west-central Minnesota. He criss-crossed the field along an invisible grid just a few feet wide, searching for the telltale leaves of one of the...