Some interesting emails have been coming in from the USGS NAS Alert System:
- Red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans) found in a pond near the University of Hawaii, the first record of the species in Hawaii in 10 years.
- A second Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis) has been found in Lake Superior.
- Giant barnacles (Megabalanus coccopoma) were discovered in South Carolina, bringing the total number of states where the barnacle has been found to five (the USGS database says four but my notes say it has been spotted in Texas too).
- The NAS Alert System recently added plants to their list of organism types. If you've already registered with the system and you want to receive the plant alerts, you need to login and check the Plants box. The first two alerts were for variable watermilfoil (Myriophyllum heterophyllum). Looks like it has hit the West Coast of the US, with both Washington and Oregon reporting it (Washington in 2003).