Category Archive: Invasive Species

Apr 25

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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Apr 24

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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Apr 15

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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Apr 10

Science Sets Sail in Saginaw Bay

Science gets personal when students trade their desks for the decks of a tall ship. Listen up: What does a tall ship in Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay have in common with a classroom? Students, when it’s part of Baysail’s Science Under Sail. This program gives kids from kindergarten up a firsthand look at water quality, …

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Mar 28

A tiny green insect does major damage

Tens of millions of ash trees in the U.S have fallen victim to an invasive insect called the emerald ash borer. That’s not just a problem for forests. Trees are important for water quality. “The roots help control the nitrates and phosphates, which are some of the pollutants that can enter streams and waterways. They …

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