Category Archive: Invasive Species

Nov 13

Clean, Drain, and Dry

Boaters can help turn away unwanted hitchhikers. Here’s how: Invasive plants and animals can wreak havoc on waterways, from making a shoreline less able to withstand flooding to harming fish. Boaters can help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species by cleaning plants and mud off their boats; then they should drain and dry out before …

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Nov 08

Holding the Invaders at Bay

On the lookout for invasive plants: When a new plant moves into a lake or stream, take note – it could be cause for concern. Sandra Keppner with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says that rapidly spreading invasive plants like water chestnut and hydrilla are causing big problems for New York waters. “We see …

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Nov 07

Invasive Grass Threatens Georgian Bay

Pulling Phragmites in Georgian Bay . . . Learn more: Wetlands in Ontario’s Georgian Bay are threatened by an invasive grass called phragmites that outcompetes many native species. “It actually can grow to about 18 feet tall and displace native plants from their aquatic habitat,” explains David Sweetnam of the nonprofit Georgian Bay Forever. He …

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Nov 06

See Sea Species in the Sea, Not the Lakes

Sea-faring ships, ballast water, and invasive species . . . Learn more: Ships use water as ballast to add weight and increase their stability. But that water can bring invasive species into the Great Lakes from elsewhere. “They’re bringing in all the stuff that’s in the water. So zooplankton, fish, plants, bacteria, diseases, all those …

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Oct 29

European Frogbit

A bit about European Frogbit: European Frogbit  may look beautiful – like tiny, white water lilies floating on the edges of ponds and slow-moving rivers. But this plant is a ruthless invader. Frogbit was brought to Canada in 1932 as an ornamental pond plant. But it’s now spread to places such as the bays and …

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