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Invasive Species - What's New on NISIC's Site

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Recent News

  • 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).

    • Post Date
      Jun 26, 2019
  • Species Profile -- Pale Cyst Nematode

    • White potato cyst nematode

      The pale cyst nematode is native to South America. It was first discovered in Idaho in 2006. It is a major pest of potatoes and related crops. Uncontrolled infestations can reduce crop yields by 80%.

    • Post Date
      Jun 25, 2019
  • Habitattitude: Protect Our Environment (U.S.)

    • Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council; DOI. Fish and Wildlife Service; DOC. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    • Habits, Attitude, and Habitat—together they comprise Habitattitude. This educational campaign with the uncommon name addresses common concerns of private enterprise, state and federal natural resource agencies, and responsible pet owners: protecting our environment from the impacts of invasive species. Habitattitude seeks to inspire and empower people to explore the connection between responsible pet ownership and environmental stewardship.

      Habitattitude Prevents Pet Release in Wild  (June 12, 2019) announces the re-launch of the Habitattitude educational campaign. Habitattitude’s website provides guidance for proper pet selection and care, along with sections on aquarium fish and water gardening. The new section on reptiles and amphibians addresses the variety of species and basic considerations and requirements for habitat, diet and health concerns. Another new component focuses on animals and plants in classroom education, and caring for them outside the home environment, in response to concerns about the potential for classroom pets to be released at the end of a school year.

    • Post Date
      Jun 17, 2019
  • USDA Researchers Help Honeybees Keep Pollinating Our Food Crops

    • Jun 17, 2019
    • USDA. ARS. Tellus.

    • Scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture are studying ways to keep honeybees stress-free and healthy. These pollinators are important to American agriculture and our nation’s food crops.

    • Post Date
      Jun 17, 2019
  • UNH Researchers Reveal More Than Dozen Wild Bee Species Declining in Northeast

    • Apr 10, 2019
    • USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture; University of New Hampshire.

    • Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found a dramatic decline of 14 wild bee species that are, among other things, important across the Northeast for the pollination of major local crops like apples, blueberries and cranberries.

      “We know that wild bees are greatly at risk and not doing well worldwide,” said Sandra Rehan, assistant professor of biological sciences. “This status assessment of wild bees shines a light on the exact species in decline, beside the well-documented bumble bees. Because these species are major players in crop pollination, it raises concerns about compromising the production of key crops and the food supply in general.”

    • Post Date
      Jun 17, 2019
  • YouTube - Feral Swine: Manage The Damage

    • Google. YouTube; United States Department of Agriculture.

    • The video tells the story of how feral swine have become one of the most expensive invasive species in the U.S. The feral swine issue is being handled with Federal, State, and Local Wildlife officials to help farmers, ranchers, and the general public from these destructive animals. The video educates the viewer about the problems they can cause and how your Wildlife officials are mitigating, and trying to eliminate the damage through innovative scientific research.

    • Post Date
      Jun 15, 2019
  • Invasive Tick Detected in Tennessee

    • May 24, 2019
    • Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

    • The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services, Tennessee Department of Health, and University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) has announced the detection of the invasive Asian longhorned tick in Tennessee. The Asian longhorned tick has now spread to 11 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there is no evidence that the tick has transmitted pathogens to humans or animals in the U.S. Two Asian longhorned ticks were recently found on a dog in Union County, and five were found on a cow in Roane County. In the U.S., the tick has been reported on 17 different mammal species.

    • Post Date
      Jun 09, 2019
  • Species Profile -- Red-eared Slider

    • Red-eared slider

      Red-eared slider is native to the Mississippi River drainage. Throughout its nonindigenous range, this species is introduced primarily through pet releases and escapes since the 1930's. This species may compete with native turtle species, although despite its widespread occurrence little is known of the impact on indigenous ecosystems.

    • Post Date
      Jun 07, 2019
  • Species Profile -- Red-bellied Pacu

    • Red bellied pacu

      Red-bellied pacu is native to South America. Individual specimens have been caught since the 1960s, but no reproducing populations have yet become established in the U.S. This species was probably introduced through aquarium releases or fish farm escapes. The environmental impact is unknown.

    • Post Date
      Jun 07, 2019
  • Government of Canada Releases Socio-Economic Study on the Risk of Grass Carp to the Great Lakes

    • Mar 13, 2019
    • Government of Canada.

    • Grass carp, one of four species of Asian carp, has the potential to disrupt the Great Lakes ecosystem and economy unless their spread is stopped, according to a report released by Fisheries and Oceans Canada with support from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. The socio-economic study concludes that, in addition to the significant ecological threat that is posed by the presence of grass carp in the Great Lakes, there would also be economic, social and cultural ripple effects.
      See also: Full report for the Socio-Economic Risk Assessment of the Presence of Grass Carp in the Great Lakes Basin [PDF, 1.34 MB].

    • Post Date
      May 28, 2019