Fifth grader wins national invention contest from Popular Science with his underwater fishy-facial recognition weapon, an anti-carp device.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Thursday, November 04, 2010
This November, Brooklyn fashion designers and musicians are teaming up for Nutria-palooza!, a nutria-themed fashion show set to music. The show will feature clothing and jewelry made using the invasive rodent known as Nutria or "coypu" (Myocastor coypus), and at least one band will participate by wearing what they're calling "nutria-gangster" outfits.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The Chinese pond mussel (Sinanodonta woodiana) has been found in New Jersey, in a pond formerly used as a fish farm. While this Asian species is known to have invaded many bodies of water in Europe (See 1, 2, 3), this appears to be the first record for this species in the USA.
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
A large Indonesian snakehead fish (Channa micropeltes) was found dead in the Saint Charles River in Quebec last month - possibly the first find of this species in the wild in Quebec. It's thought to be a released pet. Need a French translation? Try this forum (towards the bottom of the page)
Monday, May 24, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
A UK man who thought he was doing the environment a favor by catching invasive American signal crayfish out of a local river has been fined £4,000 ($8,000) aftger authorities discovered he had actually caught and eaten the native white-clawed crayfish, an endangered species. Also, turns out he was breaking the law just by trapping for crayfish in Cumbria.
A recent report from the city of Minneapolis indicates that the city is poised to lose all 200,000 of its ash trees to the emerald ash borer. A summary of the Greenprint report is available here, and the entire report can be downloaded here.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Saturday, March 06, 2010
The USGS reported that rusty crayfish (Orconectes rusticus) were found last year in the Yampa River, Colorado. This is the first record for this East Coast crayfish in Colorado. Read more about Colorado's response at the Western Slope Anglers Forum.
The Ecologist had an interesting article last month about UK investors that have been selling the idea that the invasive shrub Jatropha is an ethical "green fuel" for developing countries. For more about the invasive potential of this plant in Africa, click on the "jatropha" tag below.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Those lucky enough to be enrolled in Duke University must be fighting to get into Dr. Sandra Cooke's excellently titled class, "The Billion Dollar Problem of Aquatic Invasive Species." As part of the coursework, students are required to participate in a blog about aquatic invasives, where they've been posting about everything from Asian swamp eels to the war metaphor for invasive species. Check it out!
Monday, February 22, 2010
A recently published study from the Global Invasive Species Program (GISP) showed that on average, every country has 50 invasive species making a negative impact on biodiversity. Want more details? Check out the full publication.
With the recent controversy regarding Asian carp in the Great Lakes at the forefront, plus well-publicized problems with zebra mussels and snakehead fish, the Washington Post recently pondered the cost of fighting invasive species.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Coming up this March in Cairns, Australia, is Toad Day Out, an opportunity to win a prize for catching the biggest cane toad (Bufo marinus). The person to deliver the biggest toad, measuring at least 15cm from nose to rear, will win $50 AUS. Toads must be delivered live to the weigh in. Last year's bounty hunt resulted in the collection of more than 6000 of the amphibious invasives!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
The US Fish & Wildlife Service has proposed placing the Burmese python and eight other constrictor-type snakes on the Lacey Act's list of Injurious Species. If approved, this would ban the import and interstate transport of all nine species. The Burmese python is one of several non-native snakes causing concern in Florida due to the establishment of breeding populations in the Everglades. The complete list:
- Burmese python
- northern African python
- southern African python
- reticulated python
- green anaconda
- yellow anaconda
- Beni or Bolivian anaconda
- DeSchauensee’s anaconda
- boa constrictor
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The US Army Corps of Engineers is reporting that DNA evidence suggests Asian carp may already be present in Lake Michigan. In related news, Louisiana is developing a market for carp by rebranding it as "silverfin." Mmmm, silverfin!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Starting in 2010, New Hampshire will be offering a new grant to municipalities and non-profits who want to remove invasive aquatic plants from the lakes they know and love. To be eligible, lakes must have at least one public access site, and priority will be given to applicants interested in pursuing purchase of Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting (DASH) equipment.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
A new study just out in the Journal of Ornithology says that contrary to current thinking, American gray squirrels are actually not linked to the population declines of most native woodland bird species in England. BBC News has the story.