Latest Invasive species News

Oakland County approves invasive species prevention programs

Jul. 3, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Oakland County commissioners have approved resolutions that create two new invasive species prevention programs aimed at improving the local ecosystem. The Clean, Drain, Dry, Dispose two-year pilot program and the 2020 Oakland County Native Plants initiative were adopted last week....

New Mexico puts bilingual signs at lakes on invasive species

Jun. 26, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has erected its first-ever bilingual Spanish-English billboards at two lakes around invasive species. The state Department of Game and Fish announced this month officials posted two billboards at Elephant Butte Lake and a third at Caballo Lake. The signs inform boaters to...

Lake residents mull another way to get rid of invasive plant

Jun. 22, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

CASTLETON, Vt. (AP) — Homeowners around Lake Bomoseen in western Vermont are considering a different method for removing Eurasian Water Milfoil, an invasive aquatic plant that clogs the lake each summer. Members of the Lake Bomoseen Preservation Trust are asking residents who live on an area of the lake to...

Michigan agency: Moving firewood can spread invasive species

Jun. 20, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State officials are reminding Michigan residents as the summer camping season begins not to transport or move firewood because doing so can spread invasive species to other locations. Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says new infestations of invasive...

Study identifies lakes at risk of illegal fish introduction

Jun. 14, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — A recent study found a way to identify lakes and other bodies of water in northwest Montana that are at high risk of illegal fish introductions, which can threaten native species. The study will allow state fish managers to improve patrols in high risk areas. Standing next to...

Guam to get over $3M to control invasive brown tree snake

Jun. 6, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam will get more than $3 million in grant money to suppress and control an invasive brown tree snake, federal officials said. U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular and International Affairs Douglas W. Domenech said the money will also support prevention,...

Dog-killing cane toads are back as rains draw them out

Jun. 6, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — “Who can I call to get rid of these monsters??? I’m dying over here and I have 3 dogs!” The distressed plea for help was posted late last month by Ohilda Gilbert, a real estate agent, on a Facebook group of South Florida moms. A photo of a fat, warty cane toad next to a...

This undated photo provided by Timber Press shows monarch butterflies in the University of Delaware Botanical Garden in Newark, Del., and is featured in the Douglas Tallamy book

Author urges gardeners to form one big `national park’

May. 19, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

Imagine if all the back and front yards — and even patio container plants — across the country were seen as one magnificent patchwork quilt, a ``Homegrown National Park.” Home gardeners would join forces to bring back a variety of native plants to protect and nurture struggling birds, bees...

Marbled crayfish added to Michigan's prohibited species list

May. 17, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A crayfish that reproduces by cloning has been added to Michigan’s prohibited species list. All known specimens of marbled crayfish are genetically identical females that can produce up to 700 eggs per reproductive cycle without the need for fertilization, according to the...

Investigation ongoing after 3 invasive frogs found in Maui

May. 16, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Agriculture has launched an investigation to determine where three coqui frogs came from after they were captured in a hardware store in Maui earlier this week. Department spokeswoman Janelle Saneishi said the area was treated with citric acid on Wednesday...