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An App to Find Nemo

July 27, 2014

“Creating a consumer market for invasive species is one of the most successful ways of combatting them. Like cupcakes or artisanal pickles, it can take a lot of marketing and hype to create a demand that matches the supply. The Connecticut chef Bun Lai’s invasive-species menu, which Elizabeth Kolbert wrote about in 2012, includes lionfish [...]

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    Hunting for Alien Bug and Seed Invaders at Baltimore’s Port

    June 16, 2014

    The fight against invaders starts at seaports and airports across the world. Listen to the NPR story here.

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      Attack of the Green Crabs

      May 22, 2014

      Green crabs on the move in Maine and the Maritimes. Watch the movie here.

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        Clean Boats, Clean Tournaments

        May 16, 2014

        Help stop the spread of invasive species.

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          Invasive Control, Bite by Bite

          May 12, 2014

          Dorothy Pellett discusses eating invaders in the Burlington Free Press. Read the story here.

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            Extraterrestrial Invaders

            May 8, 2014

            Three new scientific papers examine the risk of organisms native to Earth hitching a ride to another planet. Read more here.

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              Snakeheads on the Potomac

              April 26, 2014

              April in DC. It means cherry blossoms for many and the start of northern snakehead season for a few. Fly fisherman and archer Austin Murphy recounts his efforts to catch the snakehead in the nation’s capital river. Northern snakeheads were first discovered in the Potomac River in 2004. I saw my first snakehead swimming in [...]

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                Invasive Cuisine

                April 2, 2014

                Joe Roman talks with Jane Lindholm of Vermont Public Radio about his mission to change what’s on our dinner plates. Listen here.

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                  The Gourmet Invasivore’s Dilemma

                  March 30, 2014

                  “The invasivore movement has caught fire. Some of the worst invaders, like gypsy moths and Asian long-horned beetles, will not grace lunch counters anytime soon, yet where perniciousness meets deliciousness, there is hope.” Rowan Jacobsen writes about Bun Lai and Joe Roman in April’s Outside Magazine.

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                    New Green Crab Fishery in Canada

                    March 23, 2014

                    Fisheries and Oceans Canada wants to create a commercial green crab fishery on Prince Edward Island. Read more about it here.

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                      Land

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                      Blue Plate Special: Sow Thistle

                      It’s spring and time to weed. Sow thistle is a delicious invader found throughout the continent.


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                        Lamb’s Quarters

                        Lamb’s quarters was a popular spring tonic in the South—an early season edible green—but its leaves are good throughout the summer.       Chenopodium album Native range: Described by Linnaeus in 1753, this European native has been transferred throughout much of the world. Because its spread was rarely recorded, C. album‘s native and invasive [...]


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                          Wild Fennel

                            Foeniculum vulgare Native range: Mediterranean, from Turkey west to Spain and Morocco Invasive range: Much of North and South America, South Africa, and parts of Oceania and the British Isles. Check out the USDA Plants Database to see if it’s found near you. Habitat: Roadsides, pastures, along the edge of wild habitats. Rocky shores [...]


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                            Garlic Mustard

                              Alliaria petiolata Native range: Europe, Asia, Northwest Africa Invasive range: Much of the Lower 48, Alaska, and Canada. (See map.) Habitat: Moist, shaded soil of floodplains, forests, roadsides, edges of woods, and forest openings. Often dominant in disturbed areas. Description: Biennial herb. First-year plant has a rosette of green leaves close to the ground. [...]


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                              Wild Boar

                              Did the domestic ancestors of today’s feral pigs streak off De Soto’s ship into the Florida scrub of their own accord in 1539? Or did they have to be urged to go find something to eat? All you need to…


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                                Lionfish

                                Some say it started in 1992 in Miami when Hurricane Andrew smashed an aquarium tank. Don’t blame the weather, others say; in the mid-nineties, disappointed yet softhearted hobbyists…


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                                  Wakame

                                    Undaria pinnatifida Native range: Japan Sea Invasive range: Southern California, San Francisco Bay, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, Argentina Habitat: Opportunistic seaweed, can be found on hard substrates including rocky reefs, pylons, buoys, boat hulls, and abalone and bivalve shells. Description: Golden brown seaweed, growing up to nine feet. Forms thick canopy. Reproductive sporophyll in [...]


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                                    Asian Shore Crab

                                    The first sighting of the Asian shore crab in the United States was at Townsend Inlet, Cape May County, New Jersey, in 1988. Though the source is unknown . . .


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                                      Periwinkle

                                      The common periwinkle, which first appeared in New England in the 1860s, is now found along the coast wherever there’s hard substrate–rocks, riprap, broken concrete, or docks–from Labrador to . . .


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                                        Green Crab

                                        Since the green crab was first recorded off southern Massachusetts in 1817, it has been hard to ignore. A few minutes of rock-flipping in Maine can turn up dozens of them, brandishing their claws as they retreat…


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                                          Red Swamp Crayfish

                                            Procambarus clarkii Native range: Red Swamp Crayfish, also known as Louisiana Crayfish, Crawdad, and Mudbug, is native to the south central United States and northeastern Mexico. Invasive range: Widely introduced throughout the United States including Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia. Populations have [...]


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                                            Northern Snakehead

                                            His sister was ailing, and the man in Maryland remembered that, back home in Hong Kong, there was a fish that was considered a delicacy and a restorative. He would make a fish soup…


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                                              Bullfrog

                                              “They live in a wide variety of habitats, colonize new ones readily, and eat everything that fits into their mouths,” says Dr. Peter Moyle of the Center for Watershed Sciences at UC-Davis…


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                                                Common Carp

                                                For a bottom-feeder, what is the good life? The common carp isn’t very demanding: any body of water that’s sluggish and murky will do. One catching sewage or…


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                                                  Nutria

                                                  Nutria, also known as coypu and river rat, is native to temperate and subtropical South America. It has been introduced to Europe, Asia, and Africa, mainly for fur farming. These voracious. . .


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                                                    Field Notes

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                                                    An App to Find Nemo

                                                    “Creating a consumer market for invasive species is one of the most successful ways of combatting them. Like cupcakes or artisanal pickles, it can take a lot of marketing and hype to create a demand that matches the supply. The Connecticut chef Bun Lai’s invasive-species menu, which Elizabeth Kolbert wrote about in 2012, includes lionfish [...]


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                                                      Hunting for Alien Bug and Seed Invaders at Baltimore’s Port

                                                      The fight against invaders starts at seaports and airports across the world. Listen to the NPR story here.


                                                        EAT ME!
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                                                        Attack of the Green Crabs

                                                        Green crabs on the move in Maine and the Maritimes. Watch the movie here.


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                                                          Clean Boats, Clean Tournaments

                                                          Help stop the spread of invasive species.


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                                                            Invasive Control, Bite by Bite

                                                            Dorothy Pellett discusses eating invaders in the Burlington Free Press. Read the story here.


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                                                              “They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

                                                              —Andy Warhol