Invasives in the News

The darker side of tourism – invasive species

The darker side of tourism – invasive species Troy Media Corporation Particularly on isolated islands, invasive species are wiping out native plants and animals, destroying the environment and causing massive financial headaches to cash-strapped governments. And that’s just the cost and hassle of dealing with humans, …

Pig Declared Invasive Species

Pig Declared Invasive Species Michigan Policy Network (blog) Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment, or DNRE, has declared feral pigs to be a state invasive species. With 3000 to 5000 pigs living in more than 65 of 83 Michigan counties, these wild boars have become a problem. …

Global red fire ant invasions traced to southern US

ScienceDaily (Feb. 25, 2011) — Red imported fire ant invasions around the globe in recent years can now be traced to the southern U.S., where the nuisance insect gained a foothold in the 1930s, new University of Florida research has found.

NECIS releases An Action Plan on Invasive Species, for the Administration and the 112th Congress

NECIS groups outline the policy changes needed to curb invasive species introduction and spread, with a focus on screening intentional imports, preventing inadvertent introductions, and addressing funding gaps. NECIS-brochure-2011


Contact: Cindy Yeast, 720-542-9455; 202-236-5413 (c) INVASIVE ANIMALS CONTINUE TO THRIVE IN FLORIDA As yet another invasive animal becomes established, environmental groups call on the federal government to screen the trade of imported animals and prevent the next problem invasion WASHINGTON (February 14, 2011)—A large, non-native lizard called the black and white tegu has be ...[Read More]

What Triggers Mass Extinctions? Study Shows How Invasive Species Stop New Life

ScienceDaily (Dec. 31, 2010) — An influx of invasive species can stop the dominant natural process of new species formation and trigger mass extinction events, according to research results published December 29 in the journal PLoS ONE. The study of the collapse of Earth’s marine life 378 to 375 million years ago suggests that the planet’s current ecosystems, which are struggling with biodiversity ...[Read More]

Tracking Asian Carp With eDNA

A new attack against Asian carp has been established with more tracking and monitoring using environmental DNA and developing new methods to slow the invasive species’ movement toward the Great Lakes. Environmental DNA, also called eDNA, consists of collecting cell samples the carp leaves behind such as fish scales, urine and feces. These samples are then matched with DNA records that distinguish ...[Read More]

Feral Swine is New Invasive Species in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment signed an order to make feral swine and wild boar an invasive species starting July 11, 2011. These two species pose a great threat on the state’s ecosystem, agriculture, wildlife, humans and native species. The feral swines that are in Michigan escaped from hunting or breeding facilities. Since the effective date is not until next ...[Read More]

Lakes adrift: Invasions demand leadership, action

Carp eradication projects in Tasmanian lakes an example for pest fish problems in Lake Michigan, USA. “If we see things coming for the better part of a decade, and we’re still not able to mount a response in time, there is something seriously wrong with the governance structure we have in place for dealing with invasive species today.” ...[Read More]

Invasive species have a ‘delayed legacy’, says report

Invasive species have a ‘delayed legacy’, says report By Mark Kinver Science and environment reporter, BBC News The full impact of an alien species on an area’s habitat may not come to light until decades after its intentional introduction, a report has warned. Researchers suggest that the seeds of future invasions have already been sown, making them difficult to control. The team of E ...[Read More]