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Early Detection and Rapid Response

Provides general resources for detection methods for invasive species and coordinated responses to these threats. Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR)  is a coordinated set of actions to find and eradicate new and emerging invasive species in a specific location before they can spread and cause harm. It is one of the most cost-effective and ecologically viable methods for controlling invasive species and is well worth the effort to protect natural and agricultural resources. Early interventions are more likely to be successful, while long-term management typically have higher association costs.

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  • APHIS Announces Funding for Tribal Partners Supporting Farm Bill Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Activities

    • May 31, 2023
    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is awarding $566,626 to support four new cooperative agreements with tribal partners through the National Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Program (NADPRP). These projects will enhance these Tribes’ – and our nation’s - animal disease response capabilities and strengthen APHIS’ relationships with these partners.

  • USDA Provides more than $70 Million to Protect Crops and Natural Resources from Invasive Pests and Diseases in 2023

    • Jan 18, 2023
    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating more than $70 million to support 350 projects under the Plant Protection Act’s Section 7721 program as part of a nationwide effort to strengthen the country’s infrastructure for pest detection, surveillance, and mitigation, as well as protect the U.S. nursery system. Universities, states, federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, nonprofits, and Tribal organizations will carry out selected projects in 48 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

  • A Rapid Response Fund for Aquatic Invasive Species

    • Aug 18, 2023
    • DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    • Financial resources available for quick containment or eradication of newly detected species. Recognizing the importance of timely action, the Department of the Interior is working with partners to identify, enhance, and collaborate on Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) activities, including the establishment of a Rapid Response Fund for aquatic invasive species.

  • Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Investments Combine Science and Technology to Track Biological Threats in US Waters

    • Nov 9, 2022
    • DOI. United States Geological Survey.

    • The U.S. Geological Survey announced it has signed a cooperative agreement with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, or MBARI, to develop portable robotic DNA samplers capable of independently monitoring for living threats in the rivers and streams without constant support from researchers.

      With new investments from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the partnership will help advance detection of invasive species, pathogens and parasites which cause ecological and economic damage to aquatic systems. These organisms can wreak havoc on our waterways, threaten commercial and recreational fishing industries and promote the spread of zoonotic diseases that can impact humans.

  • APHIS Announces $16.3 Million in Farm Bill Funding to Protect Animal Health

    • Dec 8, 2021
    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is awarding more than $16.3 million to 64 projects with states, universities, and other partners to strengthen our programs to protect animal health. Ensuring the health of animals helps protect and preserve U.S. export markets and keeping foreign animal diseases out of the U.S. helps us expand export opportunities for rural America to more and better markets.

  • Western Governors' Association Launches Invasive Species Data Mobilization Campaign

    • Dec 18, 2020
    • Western Governors' Association.

    • The Invasive Species Data Mobilization Campaign of the Western Governors’ Association seeks to encourage national, state, and local land managers, private landowners, and non-governmental organizations to enter previously unavailable data into new or existing invasive species data management platforms using Findings and Recommendations (May 15, 2018) [PDF, 244 KB] developed by WGA and invasive species data experts. WGA and the North American Invasive Species Management Association launched the campaign in December 2020 with a webinar featured representatives from the four existing data platforms -- EDDMapS, iMapInvasives, BISON (see note below), and USGS NAS -- discussing the importance of invasive species data standardization and sharing.
      Note: GBIF-US was formerly hosted at The BISON website was taken down on December 17, 2021 and users are redirected to

  • New Rapid Response Kit Designed to Help Prevent Spread of Invasive Species

    • Aug 12, 2019
    • USDA. Forest Service.

    • In partnership with USDA Forest Service, Wildlife Forever recently unveiled a new Clean Drain Dry Rapid Response Communication Kit [PDF, 4.4 MB] to help communities with invasive species. Informing the public is critical in slowing the spread. The readymade communication tools are designed for immediate distribution or can be customized to local needs. Prevention is still the best way to slow the spread and this Rapid Response Kit is designed to do this in two ways:

      • Send out an urgent warning that a local lake has been infested with a specific Aquatic Invasive Species
      • Educate the affected public as to what they can – and should – do to help prevent further spread of the species
  • Safeguarding America's Lands and Waters from Invasive Species: A National Framework for Early Detection and Rapid Response [PDF, 2.26 MB]

    • Feb 2016
    • United States Department of the Interior.

    • In response to the harmful impacts invasive species have on the Nation’s natural and cultural resources, the Department of the Interior released an interdepartmental report, Safeguarding America’s Lands and Waters from Invasive Species: A National Framework for Early Detection and Rapid Response. The report proposes to stop their spread through early detection and rapid response (EDRR) actions—a coordinated set of actions to find and eradicate potential invasive species before they spread and cause harm.
      See also: Interior Department Announces Framework to Safeguard the Nation's Lands and Waters from Invasive Species (Press Release - Feb 18, 2016)

  • Animal and Plant Diseases and Pests of Concern

    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • Based on years of experience and the latest science, APHIS developed a list of 59 pests and diseases that could pose a significant risk to U.S. food and agriculture resources. The list is not meant to be all-encompassing, but rather focus on the most impactful pests and diseases. USDA's goal remains to keep the U.S. free of these foreign pests and diseases and those posing a significant risk to U.S. food and agriculture resources. Section 12203 of the 2018 Farm Bill requires pest- and disease-planning activities that mirror the extensive planning efforts APHIS already performs. Specifically, it requires APHIS to develop a uniform list of pests and diseases that represent the gravest threat to the U.S. and to develop comprehensive response plans to ensure Federal and State governments are prepared to respond to them.
      View related resource: APHIS Programs Authorized by the Farm Bill
      See also: APHIS Seeks Feedback on List of Animal and Plant Pest and Disease Threats (Aug 6, 2020) and Clarifications for Stakeholders – Farm Bill Section 12203

  • Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health Mobile Applications

    • University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

    • Center staff design and publish comprehensive mobile applications that engage users with invasive species, forest health, natural resource and agricultural management. Previous apps were designed for specific areas of the U.S. Two new apps are available for reporting invasive species throughout the U.S.:

      • EDDMapS app  - the Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System app will allow invasive species reports to be submitted from a smartphone while outdoors. Anyone can report an invasive species sighting, submit photos, provide sighting details, and document a negative survey. In addition to its reporting function, the app contains information on the top invasive species including common names, scientific names, general descriptions, habitats, and reference photos to aid with identification.
      • EDDMapS Pro app - designed for professionals; includes the ability to download offline map data if users are going to be in areas where internet coverage may not be available.
  • Early Detection and Rapid Response

    • National Invasive Species Council.

    • Early detection and rapid response (EDRR) is a key tenet of invasive species management, where “detection” is the process of observing and documenting an invasive species, and “response” is the process of reacting to the detection once the organism has been authoritatively identified and response options have been assessed.

      The NISC FY 2020 - FY 2022 Work Plans identified priority activities in the area of rapid response, including:


  • iNaturalist

    • California Academy of Sciences; National Geographic Society.

    • iNaturalist helps you identify the plants and animals around you. Get connected with a community of over 750,000 scientists and naturalists who can help you learn more about nature! By recording and sharing your observations, you’ll create research quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature. Experience and record nature with species identification technology by downloading the iNaturalist app (Android and iPhone) --  See Getting started:

      • Find Wildlife - it can be any plant, animal, fungi, slime mold or evidence of life found in the wild
      • Take Pictures - be sure to notice the location
      • Share Observations - upload your findings to iNaturalist

      Seek by iNaturalist is an educational tool and provides a kid-friendly alternative. Seek allows you to identify plants and animals from your photos by harnessing image recognition technology, drawing from existing data collected from observations on iNaturalist (no registration is required, and no user data is collected).

  • Smuggling Interdiction and Trade Compliance (SITC) Program

    • USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

    • The mission of PPQ's Smuggling Interdiction and Trade Compliance (SITC) Program is to detect and prevent the unlawful entry and distribution of prohibited and/or non-compliant products that may harbor exotic plant and animal pests, disease or invasive species. SITC officers work across the country to carry out this mission, checking wholesale markets, distribution points, retail stores, restaurants, and the internet to look for restricted or prohibited agricultural commodities. SITC also partners with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other government agencies in anti-smuggling efforts at air, land, and sea ports of entry nationwide.

      If you think something was illegally imported —even if unintentionally—report it at 1-800-877-3835 or All submissions are kept anonymous. Your information will not be shared publicly.


  • Basic Plant Identification

    • Google. YouTube; University of Idaho.

    • Learn specific terms used to quickly describe a weed's life cycle, growth form, leaf arrangement and margination, root structure, and flower structure, all of which help viewers determine the key traits that set the weed apart from other plants.
      See also: Invasive Species of Idaho - Noxious Weeds

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this subject, organized by source.

Council or Task Force
  • California Invasive Plant Council - Stewarding California’s Biodiversity: Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) for Invasive Plants

    • 2020
    • California Invasive Plant Council.

    • This white paper describes the strategic advantages of an EDRR approach, puts the need for such an approach in context, and provides a suite of recommendations for action at the statewide level for California.

  • Federal Legal Authorities for the Early Detection of and Rapid Response to Invasive Species

    • 2019
    • National Invasive Species Council; Biological Invasions.

    • Building on information provided by federal agencies and an inspection of the US Code and the Code of Federal Regulations, this article reviews and identifies relevant authorities to determine federal legal capacities, gaps, and inconsistencies to address (Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR). Although the Plant Protection Act and the Animal Health Protection Act are comprehensive authorities that address the detection of and response to organisms that threaten plant and livestock health, there is no single authority that encompasses EDRR for all invasive species. Rather, there is a patchwork of authorities that unevenly addresses various aspects of EDRR. View Early Detection and Rapid Response for more information.
      See related resource: Biological Invasions - Special Issue: Early Detection and Rapid Response for special issue on EDRR.

  • Washington State Bolsters its Defense Against Urban Forest Pests with New Guidelines

    • Nov 19, 2019
    • Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Washington Invasive Species Council.

    • Pests looking to make their homes in Washington’s urban forests may now face a stronger defense, thanks to a new resource released this this month by the state’s Invasive Species Council. The Washington State Urban Forest Pest Readiness Playbook, published in partnership with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), contains guidelines that towns, cities, counties and urban forestry programs can follow to address the threat of forest pests, which are estimated to cost local governments across the country an estimated $1.7 billion each year. The playbook contains self-assessments and recommended actions that communities can use to prepare for pest outbreaks. Support and funding for this effort came from 2018 Farm Bill Section 10007 through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Plant Health Inspection Service Plant Protection and Quarantine.

  • Invader Detectives: EDRR Pilot Project [PDF, 6.4 MB]

    • Dec 2018
    • National Invasive Species Council.

    • Invader Detectives has been conceptualized as a national program to facilitate the detection of invasive species in urban environments. The majority of invasive species enter the country through the large commercial sea ports and airports located in our Nation’s cities. If we can rapidly detect and respond to potentially harmful non-native species at or near our borders, we can prevent them from spreading to natural areas and agricultural landscapes. Ultimately, this Contractor’s Report is intended to serve as the conceptual framework for developing and implementing Invader Detectives on a national scale through a chapter-based (regional) model. It is a living document and should not be regarded as final guidance. We welcome your input at
      See also: NISC and NISC Staff Products for more resources.

  • Report a Sighting

    • Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. Washington Invasive Species Council.

    • We need your help! If you think you have found an invasive species in Washington, please let us know by reporting it by using the reporting forms or mobile applications (Washington Invasives). Includes reporting forms for: invasive plants, invasive animals, invasive insects, and wildlife infectious diseases.

  • IDaids Supporting Identification of the Introduced Box Tree Moth

    • Jul 2021
    • USDAAPHISPPQCPHST. Identification Technology Program.

    • In May of this year, USDA confirmed the presence of box tree moths in the U.S. The pests likely hitchhiked here via infested plant material imported from an Ontario, Canada nursery. APHIS has initiated an emergency response including a Federal Order [PDF, 162 KB] halting host material from crossing the border pending risk analysis. Here is a set of resources supporting identification of this pest to help protect America's boxwoods.

  • IDaids for the Spotted Lanternfly

    • Mar 29, 2018
    • USDA. APHIS. PPQ. CPHST. Identification Technology Program.

    • Native to Asia, the spotted lanternfly has quickly spread since its initial detection in 2014. The insect is not a strong flier, yet its U.S. range is expanding, mostly due to the movement of vehicles, outdoor furniture, or other objects to which females glue their inconspicuous egg masses. Includes ID aids to help identify the spotted lanternfly in all its life stages, from egg mass through adult.

  • Neighborhood Watch: Early Detection and Rapid Response to Biological Invasion along U.S. Trade Pathways

    • 2009
    • International Union for Conservation of Nature.

    • This report offers recommendations to improve biosecurity measures at U.S. ports, as well as a possible funding mechanism based upon the polluter-pays principle.

  • A Model Rapid Response Plan for Aquatic Invasive Species

    • Mississippi River Basin Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species.

    • Rapid response actions are often complex, costly, and controversial, and therefore advanced planning for rapid response prior to an introduction is crucial. The Mississippi River Basin Panel on AIS (MRBP) has developed this model rapid response plan and supplemental attachments to assist natural resources management agencies effectively plan and quickly implement rapid response actions. In addition to providing information on rapid response planning, the model plan includes a template that can be used by states in developing their own rapid response plans.
      See also: MRBP Documents for more resources.

  • Alaska Report Invasive Species

    • Alaska Invasive Species Partnership.

    • Reporting options are available depending on type of species found. Reports submitted to the Alaska Invasive Species Hotline and the online reporting tools are sent to agencies and organizations with interest and responsibility for managing invasive species.

  • Montana Invasive Species - Report an Invasive Species

    • Upper Columbia Conservation Commission; Montana Invasive Species Council.

    • Reporting suspect and/or invasive species is very important! In Montana, where you report invasive species depends on what kind of plant or animal they are, so that the correct agency can respond to your report.

  • National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN)

    • National Plant Diagnostic Network.

    • NPDN is a national network of diagnostic laboratories that rapidly and accurately detect and report pathogens that cause plant diseases of national interest, particularly those that could be deemed to be a biosecurity risk. The specific purpose of the NPDN is to provide a cohesive, distributed system to quickly detect and identify pests and pathogens of concern.

  • Northern Giant Hornet

    • Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project.

    • As of July 2022, the Northern giant hornet has not been found in Massachusetts.

  • Pacific Invasive Ant Toolkit - Incursion Response

    • Pacific Biosecurity; Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme; Pacific Community.

  • PlantwisePlus - Diagnose a Pest Problem

    • CABI. PlantwisePlus Knowledge Bank.

    • Identify a pest, search by country or region and by crop/host.

  • Report Pest Sightings

    • Massachusetts Introduced Pests Outreach Project.

    • Report sightings of insect pests, pathogens, and invasive plants in Massachusetts

  • State and Federal Rapid Response Plans and Exercises

    • Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. Western Aquatic Invasive Species Resource Center.

    • Provides state rapid response plans and guidelines, state rapid response exercises, federal rapid response plans, provincial rapid response plans/guidelines, after-response action reports, and examples of quagga/zebra mussel eradication projects.

Federal Government
  • APHIS' Plant Protection and Quarantine 2018 Annual Report: Helping U.S. Agriculture Thrive -- Across the County and Around the World [PDF, 1.2 MB]

    • April 2019
    • USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

    • USDA's Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) continuously takes steps to enhance our ability to exclude, control, and eradicate pests and increase the safety of agricultural trade. Across the country, PPQ worked with the States and other partners to detect, contain, and when possible, eradicate invading pests. On the world stage, PPQ worked closely with our international trading partners to develop and promote science-based standards, helping to create a safe, fair, and predictable agricultural trade system that minimizes the spread of invasive plant pests and diseases. Learn about the many successes and accomplishments captured in the 2018 report (APHIS 81-05-021) and how PPQ is working every day to keep U.S. agriculture healthy and profitable.

  • APHIS Pests and Diseases

    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • APHIS created the webpage to make it easier for its customers to find critical information on pests and diseases of concern. With this tool, members of the public will have the information they need to report pests and diseases and together we can protect America’s agriculture and natural resources. This page lists all pest and disease programs managed by APHISas part of its mission to protect American agriculture and natural resources. Users can search by type (plant, animal), keyword (avian, fruit fly, cotton), or by the specific pest or disease (coconut rhinoceros beetle, brucellosis). You can also scroll through the page, which lists the pests and diseases alphabetically and includes a corresponding image.

  • Early Detection and Rapid Response

    • DOI. United States Geological Survey.

    • While invasive species prevention is the first line of defense, even the best prevention efforts will not stop all invasive species. Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) is defined as a coordinated set of actions to find and eradicate potential invasive species in a specific location before they spread and cause harm. USGS activities that support EDRR span the geography of the country and address organisms and pathways most appropriate to address the needs of our partners. USGS provides scientific support to DOI Bureaus and other partners to aid in implementation of EDRR efforts and inform management actions.

  • Early Detection of Invasive Plants—Principles and Practices

    • DOI. United States Geological Survey.

    • U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5162. The NPS I&M Program, in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Status and Trends Program, compiled this document to provide guidance and insight to parks and other natural areas engaged in developing early-detection monitoring protocols for invasive plants. While several rapid response frameworks exist, there is no consistent or comprehensive guidance informing the active detection of nonnative plants early in the invasion process. Early-detection was selected as a primary focus for invasive-species monitoring because, along with rapid response, it is a key strategy for successful management of invasive species.

  • Hungry Pests - Free Mobile Apps Put Identification Tools in Your Hand

    • USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

    • Now you can bring along robust identification tools from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Identification Technology Program (ITP) for the information you need to support accurate field screening and identification. These apps put professional-level identification keys in your pocket. When invasive pests may be on the move, it helps to have trusted information at hand.

  • National Plant Disease Recovery System: Plant Diseases That Threaten U.S. Agriculture

    • USDA. ARS. Office of Pest Management.

    • The National Plant Disease Recovery System (NPDRS) is called for in Homeland Security Presidential Directive Number 9 (HSPD-9) which was issued in February of 2004. The purpose of the NPDRS is to ensure that the tools, infrastructure, communication networks, and capacity required to mitigate the impact of high consequence plant disease outbreaks are such that a reasonable level of crop production is maintained in the U.S.

      These recovery plans are a cooperative effort of university, industry, and government scientists. The plans outline what the scientists know about the disease, indicate the current preparedness, suggest the best IPM approach, and recommend priority research and education needs.
      See also: Disease Recovery Plans (~26 plans published, with more in process)

  • Plant Health Contacts

    • USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

    • Find contact information for USDA staff working with plant pests and diseases, domestic and emergency programs, moving plants across State lines, including:

      • State Plant Health Directors - report a pest or disease, ask about domestic or emergency programs in my State, or move plants or plant products interstate
      • National Identification Services - get information about pest and disease identifications, quarantine pests, or pest action policies for ports of entry
      • Select Agents - ask about biological select agents and toxins that could threaten plant health
      • Plant Protection Act Section 7721 - ask about Plant Protection Act Section 7721 projects, funding opportunities, and how to apply
  • Plant Protection Act Section 7721 Funding

    • USDA. APHIS. Plant Protection and Quarantine.

    • The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) provides funding through the Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Program (PPDMDPP) and the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) Programs under the authority of the Plant Protection Act (PPA) Section 7721.

      USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) was charged with implementing Section 10007 initially part of the 2014 Farm Bill to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agriculture and the environment. Under the Farm Bill, APHIS provides funding to strengthen the nation’s infrastructure for pest detection and surveillance, identification, and threat mitigation, while working to safeguard the nursery production system. Every five years, Congress develops and passes a Farm Bill that outlines agriculture and food policy for the country.
      View related resource: APHIS Programs Authorized by the Farm Bill

International Government
  • Towards an Early Warning and Information System for Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Threatening Biodiversity in Europe

    • 2010
    • European Environment Agency.

    • Invasive alien species (IAS) have become a major driver of biodiversity loss, second only to habitat fragmentation in recent decade. Europe is particularly affected by alien species, which are invading the continent an unprecedented pace. Their impact means that many of the region's rarest endemic species are on the brink of extinction and that our well-being and economies are affected. Establishing an early warning and rapid response framework for Europe become a key target. The present publication is the EEA contribution to achieving this goal.

State and Local Government
  • State Agricultural Officials Ask Public to be on Alert for Hatching of Invasive Spotted Lanternfly Eggs

    • May 23, 2022
    • Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.

    • Have you recently planted maple, crabapple, or other trees? MDAR is asking everyone to check them for spotted lanternfly egg masses or recently hatched nymphs after we were alerted that trees or shrubs with SLF egg masses may have been recently shipped to Massachusetts. Please give all nursery stock a thorough check (including pots or other containers), especially if the plants have tags that indicate they are from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or other SLF-infested states, and report any finds.

  • State Agricultural Officials Ask Residents to Report Sightings of the Invasive Spotted Lanternfly: Hampden County Find Indicates Species Is Continuing to be Found in New Areas

    • Aug 9, 2022
    • Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.

    • The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) today announced that an infestation of the invasive insect known as spotted lanternfly (SLF) was found in the City of Springfield last week. "With new populations of the spotted lanternfly likely to pop up more and more frequently as the invasive pest becomes established across the northeast, it is critical that we all remain diligent in identifying them early onAnyone who sees this pest is asked to report it promptly. Early detection will help limit the spread of spotted lanternfly and give orchards, farms, and other growers time to prepare."

      Anyone who has recently received goods or materials from states where SLF is known to have been introduced (including Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia; see SLF-infested states) should also be on the lookout. Additionally, if a spotted lanternfly is found, the public is asked to take a photo or collect the specimen, and report the sighting using MDAR’s SLF online reporting form.

  • Japanese Beetle

    • Washington State Department of Agriculture.

    • Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) detected two Japanese beetles near Grandview and one near Sunnyside in 2021. Additionally, a resident reported numerous Japanese beetles devouring her roses in Grandview that summer.

      Japanese beetles would pose a serious threat to farms, gardens, and the environment if they were to become established in Washington State. Please report any suspected sightings of Japanese beetle at or 1-800-443-6684. See WSDA's Interactive Japanese Beetle Response Map.

  • Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board - Weed Search

    • Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board.

    • Provides help in identifying an unknown weed or plant. The database includes over 140 noxious weeds that are known to Washington State.

  • AIS in Minnesota - Aquatic Invasive Species Identification Guidebook for Minnesota

    • 2021
    • University of Minnesota. Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center.

    • This ID book contains tips for identifying a number of aquatic invasive species (AIS) that are considered high-risk to Minnesota waters, as well as some common native lookalike species. The 3rd Edition of the guide was released in 2021and includes information for aquatic and wetland plants, invertebrates, and fish. The ID book can be accessed by downloading a printable version, or you can purchase it through the University of Minnesota Bookstore, or you will receive a copy if you become an AIS Detector.

  • What Looks Like an Asian Giant Hornet

    • May 2020
    • North Carolina State University. Extension.

    • Learn about some of the common species of wasps, bees and other non-wasp species, such as hover flies and robber flies, that superficially resemble the Asian giant hornet.

  • Forecasting Invasion Risks: Tools for Early Detection of Invasive Pests

    • Michigan State University. Integrated Pest Management Program.

    • Provides information about exotic plant pests with the highest potential to enter Michigan. These likely invaders are presented in fact sheets with descriptions of their biology and how to identify them. Risk maps forecast locations where invasives are likely to establish.

  • A Proliferation of Ivy

    • Mar 10, 2022
    • North America Invasive Species Management Association.

    • Different invasive ivy species may have different habitat preferences and kill techniques. Learn how to identify among different species — then report them to EDDMapS so researchers can access data!

  • Watch for Garlic Mustard Aphids

    • May 2022
    • Indiana Native Plant Society.

    • A European aphid that is only known to eat invasive garlic mustard has recently been found in the Midwest. If you see garlic mustard with curled leaves or aphids, help researchers studying this insect by sending in a report. Because the aphids may help control invasive garlic mustard plants, they are working with citizen scientists to map their distribution.

  • NPIC - How to Identify Your Pest

    • Oregon State University. National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC).

    • Whether your pest is a weed, insect, animal, microbe, or another organism, correct identification of your pest makes controlling it easier and often more effective.

  • Rapid Response Kit

    • Wildlife Forever.

    • With this new kit, Wildlife Forever gives agencies, organizations and communities across the country the tools to quickly communicate about an infestation. This kit will help you send out an urgent warning that a local lake has been infested with a specific Aquatic Invasive Species, and educate the affected public as to what they can – and should – do in this event to help prevent the further spread of the species.

  • Distinguishing Invasive Buckthorn from Native Alderleaf Buckthorn

    • Corteva Agriscience. TechLine Invasive Plant News.

    • Distinguishing between non-native and native buckthorn is important so that management efforts can be targeted appropriately. This article desribes and separates the two invasive buckthorns from native alderleaf buckthorn.