Last week I posted a request for places to make charitable donations where the money can be targeted at invasive-species projects. Your response was underwhelming! :-) My search efforts have come up short as well. GreenmanTim suggested contacting the Land Trust Alliance to get a list of local members that are doing invasive species work. Not a bad idea for those of you that are interested.
A recent post on the ALIENS-L listserver by Sandy L., pointing to a new children's book about weeds, gave me an idea: why not purchase invasive species-related books and donate them to libraries? A short list of possible choices:
- The Ecology of Invasions by Animals and Plants by Charles S. Elton. Perfect for high school libraries, but can I donate paperbacks, or will I have to spring for fewer, more expensive hardcover books?
- Aliens from Earth: When Animals and Plants Invade Other Ecosystems by Mary Batten. Already incorporated into the fourth grade science curriculum of the New York Public School system!
- Killer Algae by Alexandre Meinesz. Catchy title, aimed at a general audience.
Have other suggestions?
Greenman Tim has made another good suggestion: Support your local invasive species council, working group, or organization. Here are a few that I know of that encourage donations:
- Cal-IPC - California Invasive Plant Council
- IPC NY - The Invasive Plant Council of New York State
- MA-EPPC - Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council
- IPAW - Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin