Sunday, October 15, 2006

Weekend Blog Blogging

This past week in invasive species blogging:

  • Tim over at Walking the Berkshires posts about the recent grants awarded by the USDA for invasive species research, and notes that the total amount of funding is paltry at best.
  • Rigor Vitae's got a post about weevils, including some that are pests and some that are used as biological controls. Let me know if you can get through the whole post without getting distracted by the pretty pictures :-).
  • The Migrant Worker blog has a very interesting post about the sensationalization of the Asian swamp eel invasion (they're not even eels, by the way).
  • bootstrap analysis has a summary of interesting papers and posters from the recent North American Ornithological Conference, including a whole batch of invasive species-related topics (scroll down).
  • A little back and forth between bloggers that I missed last week: Garden Rant posted a blurb (a bit of a rant actually :-)) about the role of chemical companies on the U.S. National Invasive Species Council (scroll down). John Peter Thompson, who is a member of the U.S. Invasive Species Advisory Committee (that works with the NISC) and also a blogger, caught the post and posted this reply on his own blog, Invasive Notes*. Later, Garden Rant posted an update and then an interview with John. Good stuff!
* That makes for a total of two blogs devoted entirely to the topic of invasive species. We're definitely still in our lag phase, but just you watch - in 50 years the blogosphere will be dominated by posts about invasives!


Chris Kreussling (Flatbush Gardener) said...

"... just you watch - in 50 years the blogosphere will be dominated by posts about invasives!"

Don't you hate being right?

Jennifer Forman Orth said...

Dude - are you posting from the future? Are there any native species left in the U.S.? Can you send me some stock tips?


Unknown said...

What a great site you have here. I want to make am small, actually very small correction as to my affiliation; it is not NISC directly, but the federal advisory committee, ISAC, which is connected with the work of NISC, on which I am a member. Given the misunderstanding which generated the first article, I hpe this will steer readers and ranters in the right direction. Keep up the wonderful postings. I will be reading.

Jennifer Forman Orth said...

Corrected, though note that even your own explanatory sentence might lead to confusion :-).

It was great to read the Garden Rant post and the subsequent postings it spawned - their later post about native plant gardening was also quite good.