Archive for Species Specific News

WIU students research growing trend of massive Asian carp in the Mississippi

Western Illinois students working at the  Kibbe Biological Research Station in Warsaw, Illinois for the summer are fishing for answers in the Mississippi River. They are trying to explain why they are finding more and more groups of large Asian carp in New Boston Bay and near the Quad City Area. “We frequently get 40 […]

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Sunning itself after a swim

Jessica Martin took this photo at Cub Lake in Bear Valley Springs of a Red-eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) sunning itself on a little island of vegetation. Red-eared Sliders are semi-aquatic turtles that are native to the Southern U.S. and Northern Mexico. They have long been the most popular water turtle in the pet trade, and in […]

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A Fight Against Slimy Foe in Canaan, NH

As she waded into Canaan Street Lake on Sunday morning, Elizabeth Jutila didn’t waste time combing the lake bed for its newest invasive pest. Just a few steps from the boat launch, she made her first sighting, and quickly reached into the mud to pull out what’s commonly called a Chinese mystery snail. “This isn’t […]

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Vermont’s Lake Iroquois Advocates take Aim at Invasives

Lakes and rivers across the region have struggled with invasive plants and organisms that often get transported by boat.  But some lake associations are going on the offensive. There’s a pesky plant that’s hard to miss when you got out to fish, swim, or boat on Lake Iroquois. Bob Donnis, who has a summer home […]

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Zebra mussels invade another Texas lake

Another Texas water body has become infested by the invasive zebra mussel. Recently, Canyon Lake, a hill country reservoir in the Guadalupe River Basin, was added to the list of reservoirs affected by zebra mussels after Texas Parks and Wildlife Department confirmed their presence. Canyon Lake is 30 miles north of San Antonio and 40 […]

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New Zealand’s Endemic Duck, Whio, Benefits from Invasive Species Removal

New Zealand’s endemic Blue Duck, also known as Whio, has been listed Endangered on the IUCN Red List since 2002 when it was up-listed from Vulnerable. Conservationists are working hard to protect the small population of these New Zealand native birds, and the efforts appear to be paying off.  Click on the following paragraph to access the […]

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Asian carp discovered close to Lake Michigan as Trump pushes budget cuts

A commercial fisherman pulled a live Asian carp out of the Calumet River this week about 9 miles from Lake Michigan, prompting a furious dragnet to determine if more of the voracious fish have evaded electric barriers designed to keep them out of the Great Lakes. The alarming discovery of an 8-pound, 28-inch adult silver […]

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Invasive species gang up on crayfish

Invasive species in the Great Lakes are ganging up against native species. A new study looking into invasive zebra and quagga mussels’ relationship with invasive rusty crayfish illustrates how the harm they cause together can be greater than either of them alone. “What we found was that these invasive crayfish are really good at exploiting […]

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More marsh-choking weed found in Essex, Mass.

An invasive species of pepperweed, in its blooming season, has infiltrated the Great Marsh and is destroying native plants and could be harmful to migrating monarch butterflies. The pepperweed had been contained to the a small patch at the end of Conomo Point for the last 10 years by the Great Marsh Eradication Project, but […]

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