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Editor ’n’ Chef: Joe Roman

Joe Roman is a conservation biologist, author, and researcher at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont. The author of Whale and Listed: Dispatches from America’s Endangered Species Act., winner of the 2012 Rachel Carson Book Award, Joe was born and raised in New York. (He counts King Kong as an early conservation influence.)  For more information please visit joeroman.com.

Armchair Forager: Debora Greger

The literary muscle behind Eat the Invaders, Debora Greger has published nine books of poetry: Movable Islands (1980); And (1985); The 1002nd Night (1990); Off-Season at the Edge of the World (1994); Desert Fathers, Uranium Daughters (1996); God (2001); Western Art (2004); Men, Women, and Ghosts (2008); and By Herself (2012). Before her retirement from the University of Florida, she took her poetry students on field trips to zoology talks, held office hours swampside, and gave at least one budding poet an A for her bug collection. She’s now Poet-in-Residence at the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida.

Tournant: Caitlin Campbell

What is a tournant? See here.

Art Director: Fred Gates

Principal of Fred Gates Design in New York City. For more information please visit fredgatesdesign.com.

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Neon sign by Erik Wilson, used by permission. More of Erik’s work can be seen at pixelsatexhibition.blogspot.com.

And many thanks to Laura Farrell, for helping plant the seed.

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    Blue Plate Special: 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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          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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              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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                        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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                          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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                              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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                                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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                                  Field Notes

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                                  These Invasive Catfish Are Destroying the Chesapeake—and They’re Delicious

                                  “Across the board, biodiversity is being affected,” says Sharon Feuer Gruber of the blue catfish invasion. The Wide Net Project aims to take on this invader in Chesapeake Bay. Read more at Yahoo Food.


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                                    Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition

                                    “Education, mitigation, utilization.” Join the Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition to help educate the public and encourage the consumption of lionfish in restaurants and seafood markets. Read more about the coalition here.


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                                      Appetite for Destruction

                                      Night after night, the same scene plays out at Miya’s Sushi in New Haven, Connecticut. A few less-than-courageous patrons spend minutes gawking at the menu before turning around and walking right back out the door. Read more about putting invasives on the menu in Hemispheres Magazine.


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                                        Green Crabs Are Multiplying. Should We Eat the Enemy?

                                        How to turn the pleasing ocean flavor of green crabs into a profit for crabbers and a new way to control the invaders? Read more about cooking green crabs here.


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                                          Pressure Builds for Swift U.S. Action Against Spreading Salamander Threat

                                          There are signs of hope for American salamanders in the face of a potential biological catastrophe — a fungus that could be carried here through the global trade in exotic pets. The tool for protecting native salamanders is the Lacey Act, which was recently used to limit trade in various constricting snakes and has been [...]


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                                            “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”

                                            —Mark Twain