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Field Notes

Preventing the Spread of Invasives by Boats

June 6, 2016

Boating season is picking up. To protect a body of water from an invasive species transfer, stop by a boat washing station to clean the exterior of your boat, drain all water from ballast tanks, and then dry it to kill any unseen hitchhikers.

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    House Passes Resolution on Invasive Species

    June 4, 2016

    114th CONGRESS, 2d Session, May 25, 2016

    H. RES. 754

    Expressing the commitment of the House of Representatives to work to combat the nationwide problem of invasive species threatening native ecosystems.

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      Eat the Invaders on New Hampshire Public Radio

      May 17, 2016

      Outside/In Radio cooks up nutria and periwinkles.

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        Eating Invasives in Canada

        May 10, 2016

        In Canada, the European green crab and Asian crab have been threatening shellfish stocks on the Atlantic coast, while farmers in Alberta and Saskatchewan are constantly battling wild boars. If we can’t beat them, can we eat them? Read more at CBCNews.

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          Nonnative Striped Bass Could Lose Protections in CA

          April 21, 2016

          Striped bass aren’t native to California, and they forage on juvenile salmon. Should goals to increase their population be rescinded? There’s no conservation need to protect nonnative fish in the area, but is the agenda to reduce water flow to rivers and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta? Read more here

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            Parrots in US cities could rival those in native Mexico

            April 4, 2016

            It’s complicated. Mexico’s red-crowned parrots are thriving in cities from Los Angeles to Brownsville, Texas, while in the tropics and subtropics, a third of all parrot species are at risk of going extinct because of habitat loss and the pet trade. Could the city dwellers help save the species from extinction? Read more here.

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              Eating Invaders

              April 3, 2016

              The unconventional sushi options at Miya’s in New Haven are not merely on the menu for shock effect. The fish involved are invasive species: threats to the environment from which they were caught. Anna Lipin reports on eating invaders for MAD.

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                Innovative Solutions Wanted

                March 5, 2016

                Experts and the public will watch fifteen teams of university and college students propose solutions to address the threat of Asian carps to the Great Lakes on March 5, 2016 at the University of Toronto Scarborough. The Asian Carp Innovative Solutions Competition offers student teams a chance to win $5,000 in prizes. Read more about [...]

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                  National Invasive Species Awareness Week

                  February 4, 2016

                  Save the date. National Invasive Species Awareness Week is coming up, February 21-27, 2016. See the map for an event near you.

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                    Protect the environment: Eat these animals!

                    December 2, 2015

                    Keiron Monks reports on Eat the Invaders on CNN.

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                      Wild Pig

                      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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                        Garden Snail

                        Deliberately or accidentally, by the movement of plants and by hobbyists who collect snails, humans have spread the garden snail to temperate and subtropical zones around the world.


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                          Prickly Pear

                          Fall is here, and the “cactus fig” is in season. Time to plate-up another widespread invader.


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                            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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                                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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                                    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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                                        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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                                          Armored Catfish

                                          The armored catfish is abundant and destructive in Florida, Texas, and Mexico. Cast your nets for these flavorful natives of the Amazon. Scientific name: Two types have become established in North America: armadillo del rio, Hypostomus plecostomus, and sailfin catfishes in genus Pterygoplichthys Native range: Amazon River Basin Invasive range: Texas, Florida, and Hawaii; also [...]


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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. If the water is clean, and you’ve got corn for bait, try one of these recipes.


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                                              Watercress

                                                Nasturtium officianale Native Range: Northern Africa, Europe, temperate Asia, and India Invasive Range: In USA: all lower 48 states, except North Dakota. Found in Alaska, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Also southern Canada, Sub-Saharan Africa, South America, Australasia, and parts of tropical Asia. Habitat: Common along stream margins, ditches, and other areas with [...]


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                                                Crayfish

                                                  There are numerous invasive crayfish. We include details for the red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) and the rusty crayfish (Orenectes rusticus). The same recipes can be used for both species–and many other invasive crayfish. Red Swamp Crayfish Native range: Known as Louisiana crayfish, crawdad, and mudbug, Procambarus clarkii is native to the south central [...]


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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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                                                    The Alien Aesthetic

                                                    Patterson Clark turns invasive plants into art. As a volunteer for the National Park Service, he got an idea: “One day, when I was pulling a plant, I thought, how can I change my relationship with this plant so that it’s not just eradication, taking something’s life? Since then, I’ve been harvesting invasive plants, rather [...]


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                                                      The Lionfish Market

                                                      In a sign that the eat-the-invaders movement continues to gain steam, the University of West Florida’s College of Business is offering a course on marketing the highly invasive lionfish to consumers. Read more about it here.


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                                                        New Species Invade Campus Dining

                                                        Inspired by the work of the Eat the Invaders project, UVM Dining and the University of Vermont Real Food Working Group hosted a dinner featuring edible invasive species.


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                                                          Invasive Herbs for Herbal Tea

                                                          The ingredients for many herbal teas, including lemon balm, mint, and nettles, have become naturalized in the United States. RateTea reviews a few of them here.


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                                                            Can Markets Handle Invasive Species?

                                                            Marketing campaigns are underway to spur demand for the flaky white fillets of lionfish. The Reef Environmental Education Foundation has published a cookbook in an attempt to get people to realize that lionfish is an option for dinner. Whole Foods has hosted “Take a Bite Out of Lionfish”: live filleting and cooking demos and lionfish [...]


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                                                              “I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.”

                                                              E. B. White