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Provides information about volunteer opportunities and other ways that the average citizen can help to control invasive animals, organized alphabetically. See News and Events - What You Can Do for general resources and other species.



National initiative developed by the ANS Task Force and its partner organizations, focuses on the prevention of the spread of non-native species via the aquarium and water garden pathways.

Emerald Ash Borer Information Network - Moving Firewood
Emerald Ash Borer Information Network.
Multinational effort to bring you the latest information about the emerald ash borer.

Don't Move Firewood - How to Help
Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.

Wasp Watchers Wanted! (Jun 1, 2012)
Massachusetts Introduced Pest Outreach Project. Blog.
The Massachusetts Wasp Watchers project needs your help to detect EAB! We've found a wasp that is an expert at hunting them, and we need volunteers to assist with tracking those wasps.

Federal Government

Don't Move Firewood (Poster)
USDA. FS. Northeastern Area. Forest Health Protection.

What You Can Do: It's up to each of us to leave Hungry Pests behind
USDA. APHIS. Hungry Pests.
See what international travelers, outdoor enthusiasts, hungers, gardeners, bird watchers, ranchers and farmers, loggers and foresters, and commercial producers can do to prevent the spread of invasive pests.

What Can Bird Watchers Do to Fight Invasive Species?
USDA. Blog.

State Government

Pet Owners: Don't Let It Loose
Idaho Department of Agriculture; Idaho Invasive Species Council.
Abandoned pets can become an invasive species problem when overwhelmed owners let them loose into nearby waters or woods.

Protect Our Trees From Bad Bugs - Don't Move Firewood
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

What The Homeowner Can Do - Gypsy Moth
Maryland Department of Agriculture.

What Can I Do to Help?
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.


Great Lakes Worm Watch - How Can I Stop the Spread?
University of Minnesota. Natural Resources Research Institute.

Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector Program
University of Minnesota. Forest Resources Extension.
First Detectors are volunteers trained to help citizens diagnose and report possible infestations of invasive species to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. First Detectors are a part of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) First Detector Program which promotes the early detection of invasive plant pathogens, arthropods, nematodes and weeds.

Organizing a Community-Wide Fire Ant Suppression Program
Texas A&M University. Texas Imported Fire ant Research and Management Project.
Provides practical information on how to organize local action

What To Do When You Can No Longer Care for Your Pet Amphibian or Reptile... (PDF | 916 KB)
University of Florida. IFAS. Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation.

Would You Like to be a Citizen Scientist?
University of Florida. IFAS. Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation.


Birds and Cats - The Cats Indoors! Campaign
American Bird Conservancy.

What To Do with Unwanted Pet Amphibians and Reptiles
Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.

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