Invasive species

Mankato parks on the front lines of hunting invasive insects

Asian longhorned beetles are doing damage to trees elsewhere, including in the United States, but haven’t been found yet in Minnesota.MANKATO, Minn. — The bags of bugs are piling up in the walk-in freezer in St. Paul, about 150 arriving every two weeks, a number expected to rise to well over 1,000 by the end of September. If the sack…

Michigan focuses on early detection to battle invasives

Glenn Schmitt of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality surveys the extent of a parrot feather invasion in a creek in Jackson County. (Michigan DNR)Experts with the Michigan’s Invasive Species Program are ready. The program, a collaborative effort of the departments of Environmental Quality, Natural Resources, and Agriculture and Rural Development, relies on calls, emails and reports before springing into action…