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

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

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

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

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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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          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 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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              Pterois volitans


              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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                  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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                    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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                        Blue Plate Special: Watercress

                        Summer is here. Time for wild watercress tea sandwiches!     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. [...]

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                            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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                              “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, 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


                                  When Conservation Means Killing

                                  Herbicides and insecticides are key tools in managing invasive species — but managers are working to find more environmentally friendly substitutes. Read more about it here. And remember that prevention is the best practice: “I try to get the message out to staff, scientists or anyone . . . to make sure they’re not tracking [...]

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                                    8 Invasive Species You Should Be Eating

                                    If you can’t beat ’em, eat ‘em. Foragers turn to eating invasive species as a means of control. Lisa Munniksma reports on eating invasive species in

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                                      To Stop West Nile, Go Native

                                      When contemplating the harm caused by invasive species, the imagination usually stops at fairly direct effects: an introduced predator decimates hapless prey; invasive weeds choke out native plants. But hacking around in the shrubbery a bit — literally — reveals that native and invasive species also have subtler pros and cons. Certain species of invasive [...]

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                                        Eat Your Way to a Better Ecosystem

                                        Eat the Invaders on The List. Why eat invasive species? 1. They’re tasty. 2. You learn about the local environment. 3. Invasive populations decline. Our appetites can make a difference.

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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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                                            It only takes one guy to move the [Asian carp] to a new place because he likes it. . . . A fisherman with a bait bucket intentionally stocking them in a reservoir would be a very bad thing.

                                            Josh Mogerman, National Resources Defense Council