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  • Think sharks are scary? There’s a new critter swimming in Biscayne Bay [Burmese python]

    12/28/2016 7:48:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | December 27, 2016 | Jenny Staletovich
    South Florida’s most aggressive invasive species has found a new way to grab headlines: slither atop a research platform in Biscayne Bay. Last month, a kayaker spied a 9-foot Burmese python wrapped around part of a platform more than a half mile offshore in Biscayne National Park usually inhabited by sunning cormorants. The sighting was a first for the park and another worrisome sign that the state’s out-of-control pythons are getting more adept at inhabiting the state’s salty fringes. In September, state wildlife biologists confirmed for the first time that the snakes are now breeding in the Keys.
  • Superweed introduced to Minnesota with conservation seed mix

    12/27/2016 11:33:40 PM PST · by Ray76 · 37 replies
    StarTribune ^ | Dec 27, 2016 | Tom Meersman
    Federal programs designed to help farmers set aside more habitat for bees and wildlife have produced a dangerous offshoot this year: Some mixes used to plant native grasses and flowers were contaminated with harmful weed seeds that have now been introduced onto hundreds of farms in several Midwestern states, including Minnesota. The weeds include Palmer amaranth, one of the most prolific and devastating weeds in the country for corn, soybeans and other row crops. There’s reason for concern, said University of Minnesota Extension weed scientist Jeff Gunsolus, because a single female Palmer amaranth plant produces more than 250,000 seeds, grows...
  • Is Florida About to Be Swamped With Capybara?

    08/22/2016 6:54:12 AM PDT · by C19fan · 67 replies
    Motherboard ^ | August 20, 2016 | Sarah Emerson
    Capybara are real damn cute. Look at this bugger. In fact, capybara are so endearing, that some people may have been importing them to own as pets. This might explain why the 100-pound rodents, which are native to South America’s marshlands, have been showing up in places where they don’t belong. According to biologist Elizabeth Congdon, an assistant professor at Bethune-Cookman University, the state of Florida could have a serious capybara problem—and it might be the fault of exotic pet owners.
  • Huge, once-hated fish now seen as weapon against Asian carp [Alligator Gar]

    07/29/2016 7:24:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    AP ^ | July 29, 2016 | Staff
    It's a toothy giant that can grow longer than a horse and heavier than a refrigerator, a fearsome-looking prehistoric fish that plied U.S. waters from the Gulf of Mexico to Illinois until it disappeared from many states a half-century ago. Persecuted by anglers and deprived of places to spawn, the alligator gar — with a head that resembles an alligator and two rows of needlelike teeth — survived primarily in southern states in the tributaries of Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico after being declared extinct in several states farther north. To many, it was a freak, a "trash fish"...
  • Pythons wipe out rabbits—and probably much more—in Everglades

    03/20/2015 8:16:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 101 replies
    Science Mag ^ | March 18, 2015 | Erik Stokstad
    Everglades National Park, a world-renowned wetland in southern Florida, once abounded with rabbits, raccoons, muskrats, and other small mammals. But roughly 15 years ago, these species started to become scarce. About the same time, biologists noticed a boom in the population of a predator that had invaded the 64,238-hectare park: the Burmese python. Now, an experiment adds to the evidence that the pythons, which grow up to 5 meters long, are to blame for the collapse of the mammals' populations. “There’s no question that this is an environmental disaster,” says J. D. Willson of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, who...
  • Florida calls on civilian 'patrols' to battle invasive pythons

    02/03/2015 4:02:09 PM PST · by george76 · 56 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb. 3, 2015 | Zachary Fagenson
    Florida wildlife officials, opening a new front in the war on invasive snakes, are recruiting the general public for "python patrols" that teach them how to identify and even capture some of the hissing, snapping reptiles. "We consider (Burmese pythons) established, which means the hope of removing them is pretty slim," said Jenny Novak, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologist, during a recent training session with 20 volunteers in south Florida. "We're in management mode now." ... Florida is a hub for the exotic pet trade and a hot bed of invasive species that have snuck into...
  • Anti-carp speakers up and running in Genoa

    08/04/2014 6:25:25 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    Lacrosse Tribune ^ | 8-2-14 | Allison Geyer
    An experimental underwater speaker system designed to repel invasive Asian carp is up and running in Genoa, University of Minnesota officials confirmed this week. The announcement is a win for researcher Peter Sorensen and his team from the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Center, who have been raising funds for the project since April, but at least one local stakeholder is voicing concerns about the project’s impact on the Mississippi River. Mark Clements owns and operates Clements Fishing Barge below Lock and Dam No. 8, where the speakers are installed. He fears the sounds emitted — which researchers say have been...
  • In nod to cultural sensitivity, Minnesota considers renaming Asian carp to 'invasive carp'

    03/27/2014 6:35:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 59 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 3/27/14 | Mike Cronin - ap
    ST. PAUL, Minn. — The troublesome fish currently known as Asian carp may get a new name in Minnesota over concern that the current one casts people from Asian cultures in a negative light. Proposals advancing in the Legislature would require the Department of Natural Resources to refer to the fish as "invasive carp," a reference to the threat the non-native fish pose to Mississippi River-area ecosystems. ...
  • U.S. Customs / Passport Control

    07/09/2013 4:57:57 AM PDT · by bfkirk · 29 replies
    Vanity | 07/09/2013 | Vanity
    My wife, three children and I are all US citizens. Returning to the United States yesterday via Miami International Airport, my wife and I were asked what we do for a living. The border agent checked his screen after we answered. He asked my girls after consulting his computer monitor, "Which one of you is the singer? And which one of you is the dancer?" in light of the NSA database stories, perhaps I'm being paranoid. But I felt like they had this information and we're verifying it. He entered notes on his screen as we answered. My girls are...
  • Well, Great Lakes, It Was Nice Knowing You. Asian Carp Have Arrived.

    04/05/2013 9:03:43 PM PDT · by haffast · 53 replies ^ | 4-5-2013 |
    Ever since Asian carp were accidentally introduced into U.S. rivers in the 1970s, the invasive fish have been hungrily making their way to the Great Lakes, causing residents of the watershed to dread the arrival of carp in delicate Lake ecosystems, and their potential impacts on the 7 billion dollar fishing industry that represents a major economic driver for the region. Now, a new study suggests that Asian carp have breached southern Lake Michigan, although they have not yet arrived in numbers great enough to devastate native ecosystems. Scientists at Notre Dame University, Southern Michigan University, and The Nature Conservancy...
  • New Obamacare Tax Form Mandates Americans Report Personal Health ID Info to IRS

    11/01/2012 11:07:24 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 27 replies
    Americans For Tax ^ | November 1, 2012 1:09 PM EDT | Posted by Ryan Ellis and John Kartch
    Here's why the IRS will require Americans to disclose their personal health ID information starting in 2014 When Obamacare’s individual mandate takes effect in 2014, all Americans who file income tax returns must complete an additional IRS tax form. The new form will require disclosure of a taxpayer’s personal identifying health information in order to determine compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate. As confirmed by IRS testimony to the tax-writing House Committee on Ways and Means, “taxpayers will file their tax returns reporting their health insurance coverage, and/or making a payment”. So why will the Obama IRS require...
  • Invasive brown kelp worries Calif. researchers

    06/20/2012 8:39:51 AM PDT · by kevkrom · 11 replies
    SFGate ^ | 2012-06-20 | Peter Fimrite
    A highly invasive form of brown kelp native to Japan has spread throughout the San Francisco waterfront since it was discovered three years ago and could threaten native species and ecosystems if money and resources aren't put into stopping its spread, researchers say.
  • Is It Legal to Kill Bigfoot in Texas?

    05/12/2012 3:23:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    State Impact ^ | MAY 10, 2012 | TERRENCE HENRY
    We’ve been talking a lot about invasive species in Texas as of late, paying special attention to the issue of feral hogs, which are growing in number and cause widespread damage (but taste delicious). Texas has responded by making it very, very easy to kill feral hogs. You can hunt them with a handgun. You can hunt them whenever, regardless of the season. And you can even hunt them from the skies (an undertaking known as “pork chopping”), if that’s your thing. But what about that most legendary of invasive species, Bigfoot? Yes, someone actually asked Texas Parks and Wildlife...
  • Lake Tahoe: Smallmouth bass threatens native fish (Ya Can Blame the Erie Canal..)

    08/19/2011 2:37:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 39 replies ^ | 8/19/11 | Peter Fimrite
    A highly aggressive species of fish has been found in Lake Tahoe, and environmental scientists are afraid the nonnative invader will gobble up native fish and ruin decades of work to improve water clarity, researchers said Tuesday. ... "It really shocked us. You can think of it this way: There is a new bully in the neighborhood," said Sudeep Chandra, a university limnologist who was working with the California Department of Fish and Game on a study of invasive species when the discovery was made six weeks ago. .. The Department of Fish and Game has been working with Chandra...
  • Calif releases insect to combat invasive weed (over 5,000 water hyacinth plant hoppers)

    07/30/2011 2:40:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 64 replies ^ | 7/30/11 | AP
    Sacramento, Calif. (AP) -- California officials have released thousands of insects in the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta to combat an invasive weed that has clogged the waterway. The state Department of Food and Agriculture let more than 5,000 water hyacinth plant hoppers go at several locations in San Joaquin and Sacramento counties this month. Officials hope the insects, which are native to South America, will establish self-sustaining colonies and begin chomping down on water hyacinth. The invasive plant forms a dense carpet on the surface of waterways, impeding boat access and clogging water intake systems.
  • CA: State To Combat Invasive Weed Choking Contra Costa Delta (Egeria Densa aka Brazilian Waterweed)

    03/16/2011 10:27:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    CBS5 ^ | 3/16/11 | Dave Padilla - KCBS
    DISCOVERY BAY (KCBS) – Boaters and swimmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta are finally getting some help from the state in removing a non-native plant that is flourishing uncontrollably. The plant is called Egeria Densa, or Brazilian Waterweed. The South American aquarium plant is notorious for being almost impossible to eradicate. The problem is especially noticeable near Discovery Bay. ”There might not even be any room for boaters to navigate because it’s so thick,” said Gloria Sandoval of the California Department of Boating and Waterways. “And for swimmers, their feet could get tangled in the weeds.” Starting next month,...
  • Python "Nightmare": New Giant Species Invading Florida

    09/16/2009 6:41:32 AM PDT · by Leg Olam · 41 replies · 2,976+ views
    Netional Geographic ^ | September 14, 2009 | Christine Dell'Amore
    Already squeezed by the invasion of the giant Burmese python, Florida now faces what one scientist calls one of the U.S. state's "worst nightmares. Africa's largest snake—the ill-tempered, 20-foot-long (6.1-meter-long) African rock python—is colonizing the U.S. state, new discoveries suggest.
  • Friends of McInnis Canyons plan fundraiser for cottonwood comeback

    08/31/2009 8:03:03 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies · 654+ views
    Grand Junction Daily Sentinel ^ | August 30, 2009 | AMY HAMILTON
    A small group of local residents has a vision for a portion of the Colorado River that includes shaded places to rest and a return to the native ecosystem. It’s a dream the 80-some members of the Friends of McInnis Canyons hope others will share. For too long, invasive tamarisk trees have dominated the riverbanks along the 25-mile stretch between the Loma boat ramp and Utah’s Westwater section in Ruby Canyon and Horsethief Canyon. As tamarisk beetles work to kill the water-guzzling species, an effort is under way to replant Freemont cottonwood trees to help return the area to its...
  • Invasive mussel confirmed in Utah's Electric Lake (Zebra mussels)

    11/20/2008 10:52:25 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 952+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/20/08 | Mike Stark - ap
    SALT LAKE CITY – Trouble-making zebra mussels have arrived in Utah. But not where they were expected to show up. Electric Lake is Utah's first body of water where the damaging, nonnative mussels have been confirmed, state wildlife officials said Wednesday. The officials said they were surprised the fast-spreading mussels appeared there first because it's a high-elevation lake with relatively few boaters. It is boaters who sometimes unknowingly transport the mussels from lake to lake on their crafts. Most expected the mussels to show up first at Lake Powell. The mussels "showed up in one of the least-expected places," said...
  • Invasive mussels could threaten California water supply pipelines (Quagga mussels)

    01/25/2007 9:46:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 595+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 1/25/07 | Noaki Schwartz - ap
    LOS ANGELES Federal, state and local officials are on the hunt for an invasive mussel that has been spotted in California for the first time ever and could clog water supply pipelines. Quagga mussels were found earlier this month at Lake Mead in Arizona and at Lake Havasu near the Whitsitt intake facility for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The discoveries launched a wider search for infested reservoirs and pipelines in California that are connected to the Colorado Aqueduct. The aqueduct delivers water to an estimated 18 million people in urban Southern California, including Los Angeles and San...
  • Biologists hunt invasive pythons in Fla. (Snake Alert!)

    12/17/2006 12:19:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 1,875+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/17/06 | Todd Lewan - ap
    EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. - "SNAKE!" Hearing this shout, Skip Snow slammed on the brakes. When the off-roader plowed to a halt, he and his partner, Lori Oberhofer, leaped out and took off running toward two snakes, actually — a pair of 10-foot Burmese pythons lying on a levee, sunning themselves. After slipping, sliding and tumbling down a rocky embankment, Snow, a wildlife biologist, grabbed one of the creatures by the tail. The python, Oberhofer says, did not care much for that. "It made a sound like Darth Vader breathing," she says, "and then its head swung around and I...
  • Potential invasive crab found in Md. - Chinese mitten crab

    08/04/2006 9:18:31 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 957+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/3/06 | AP
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A crab species from China has been discovered in the Patapsco River, state authorities said Friday, prompting fears about the potentially invasive species' presence in the Chesapeake Bay. The crab, a mature male Chinese mitten crab, was collected at the mouth of the Patapsco several weeks ago by a commercial waterman using fishing crab pots. The species, scientific name Eriocheir sinensis, is considered a potentially invasive species, the state Department of Natural Resources said Friday. "This is the first confirmed recorded case for the Chesapeake Bay," Lynn Fegley, a DNR fisheries biologist said in a statement. "Only...
  • NASA Satellite Technology Helps Fight Invasive Plant Species

    02/16/2006 3:49:03 PM PST · by george76 · 1 replies · 779+ views
    PRNewswire ^ | Feb. 15 | PRNewswire
    Products based on NASA Earth observations and a new Internet-based decision tool are providing information to help land and water managers combat tamarisk (saltcedar), an invasive plant species damaging precious water supplies in the western United States. This decision tool, called the Invasive Species Forecasting System (ISFS), is being used at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Institute of Invasive Species Science in Fort Collins, Colo. It is the result of combining USGS science and NASA Earth observations, software engineering and high- performance computing expertise. "The ISFS combines NASA satellite data with tens of thousands of field sampling measurements, which...
  • Study will try to determine if horse manure spreads invasive weeds (NPS- Road nugget research)

    11/21/2005 2:29:46 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies · 899+ views
    SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) - Researchers here are looking to horse manure to study the spread of invasive weeds. Dominican University has received a $100,000 National Park Service grant to study how to slow the spread of nonnative plants and weeds in state parks, school officials said. Horse manure might be part of the problem, according to scientists. Researchers began collecting horse manure samples from trails and pastures this summer. They want to test an assumption that seeds can pass through horses, leading to sprouts of invasive weeds. "We need to know through scientific research if horses do or do...
  • Uncle Sam wants you... to explain this $50 cash deposit

    04/27/2005 7:59:32 AM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 205 replies · 7,747+ views ^ | 4/27/2005 | Hannibal
    In 2006, it'll be a whole lot harder to cheat on your taxes, even accidentally. In fact, you'll also have to field calls from the government over odd deposits that you make, e.g. a deposit at an odd time of the month, or a cash deposit, or a deposit made from a foreign bank, etc. That's because, thanks to the PATRIOT act, banks are spending billions on highly sophisticated, government-mandated anti-money laundering (AML) software that will track every last transaction of every last customer in order to build up individual customer profiles and look for "suspicious" activity. And when they...
  • Invasive Weeds Can Cause Blisters, Blindness

    07/25/2002 12:08:07 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 427+ views
    Date: Posted 7/25/2002 Invasive Weed Can Cause Blisters, Blindness AMHERST, Mass. – Gardeners, landscapers, farmers, hikers and others who spend time outdoors are being urged by the state agriculture department and the University of Massachusetts Amherst to watch out for an invasive, noxious weed that has been found in Massachusetts. The giant hogweed, a native plant of the Caucasus region of central Asia and found in the western Massachusetts town of Granville last week, can grow to 15 feet tall. The sap can cause severe skin irritation, blisters and swelling and contact with the eyes can cause temporary or permanent...