Invasive species

Two invasive species identified as new threats to Michigan

Spotted lanternfly, a leaf-hopper native to China and India, and Japanese chaff flower, a plant from East Asia, have been added to the state’s invasive species watch list due to the threats they pose to agriculture and the environment, the Michigan DNR said in a news release Monday, Sept. 17. Already found in Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia, spotted lanternfly is spreading through eastern…

New York state officials: Be on the lookout for invasive spotted lanternfly

(Penn State University photo)ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state officials are asking residents to be on the lookout for an invasive insect called the spotted lanternfly. State environmental and agricultural officials say the spotted lanternfly has the potential to harm New York’s forests and farms. The invasive pest from Asia feeds on more than 70 plant species, including maples, apple…

Single invasive shrimp discovered in Lake Superior, but no signs it’s established in the lake

Bloody red shrimp have established themselves in Lake Michigan, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Ontario. (Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources)MINNEAPOLIS — An invasive species with a jarring name has turned up in Lake Superior: the bloody red shrimp. Researchers found a single specimen of the tiny shrimp in a sample collected from the Duluth-Superior harbor last summer as part…

Asian carp fish cakes chef’s bid to help control the invasive species

BATON ROUGE, La. — A Louisiana chef hopes to control invasive Asian carp by marketing them as Silverfin fish cakes. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says in a news release late last week that Chef Philippe Parola’s Silverfin Group Inc. will sell the fish cakes nationally to restaurants, caterers and schools, primarily through SYSCO food distributors. Parola has…

In the invasive pest world, looks can be deceiving

Perhaps nowhere is the phrase “looks can be deceiving” more appropriate than when applied to the mute swan. Yes, they are beautiful. But they are much different than the trumpeter swan, despite the physical similarities. The non-native, invasive species displace native wildlife species, degrade water quality, destroy submerged aquatic vegetation, are troublesome in the area of airports, and can even be aggressive toward humans. Yes,…

Ohio bans sale of dozens of invasive plants under new rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio has banned the sale of more than three dozen invasive plant species under new rules that took effect Sunday. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the state now prohibits the sale of destructive species including certain types of honeysuckles, autumn olive shrubs and Bradford pear trees. Officials say the plants can spread aggressively and choke out others…

New York’s Finger Lakes to get nearly $1 million for invasive species control efforts

Starry stonewort forms dense surface mats in lakes.SENECA FALLS, N.Y. — The Finger Lakes are getting almost $900,000 in federal funding to help battle invasive species. Sen. Charles Schumer says the Environmental Protection Agency is awarding almost $600,000 to the Finger Lakes Institute to help control a recently discovered hydrilla infestation in Cayuga Lake. The fast-growing aquatic weed can make…

DEC again turning to goats in invasives battle

(New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Facebook photo)For the third year, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is turning to goats in the battle against invasive species on Long Island, the agency said in a Facebook post on Tuesday, Aug. 8. The Underhill Preserve, located in Jericho, Nassau County, will host 12 goats enclosed on six acres…

DNR puts focus on invasive species in first week of August

Explorer guides provide outdoor education programming in Michigan state parks, including the upcoming STOP the Invasives Week Aug. 1-6. (Michigan DNR) The Michigan DNR will highlight the identification, management and impact of invasive species during “STOP the Invasives Week” in Michigan state parks Aug. 1-6. An invasive species is one that is not native and whose introduction causes harm, or is likely…