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  • Florida’s Dragon Problem

    04/20/2016 7:20:59 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 55 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 20 Apr, 2016 | ED YONG
    The speckled body of the Nile monitor lizard can reach up to 2 meters in length. At one end is a powerful tail that propels the animal through water and whips attackers with surprising force. At the other is a sinuous head that will devour rodents, birds, fish, crocodile eggs, and pretty much anything else within range of its fearsome, recurved teeth. The monitor isn’t fussy. It’s a formidable animal, and the largest lizard in Africa. It’s also the largest lizard in Florida. No one knows exactly when the monitor arrived in Florida, but it was first spotted in 1990....
  • Snail as Big as a Tennis Shoe Running Amok in Florida

    07/31/2015 8:43:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 98 replies
    news.discovery.com ^ | Jul 31, 2015 09:30 AM ET | by Kerry Sheridan
    The giant African land snail is causing problems for Floridians. Wikimedia Commons/Sonel.SA ========================================================================================================================= Florida plant detectives are on the trail of a slippery foe, an invasive African land snail that is wily, potentially infectious, and can grow as big as a tennis shoe. Play Video 8 Animals That Can Regrow Their Body Parts While humans are working on robotic arms and new limb technology, some animals can regrow their limbs on their own. How do they do this? DCI In the four years since Giant African Snails were discovered in Miami, they have slowly but surely spread to new territory,...
  • The Case For Invasive Species

    06/03/2015 5:04:20 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/03/15 | Jack Dini
    Water hyacinth in Africa, Zebra mussels in Lake Erie, Estuary of the San Francisco Bay For a long time, veteran environmental journalist Fred Pearce thought in stark terms about invasive species: they were evil interlopers spoiling pristine ‘natural’ ecosystems. Most conservationists and environmentalists share this view. But what if the traditional view of ecology is wrong—what if true environmentalists should be applauding the invaders? Fred Pearce acknowledges that there are horror stories about alien species disrupting ecosystems but most of the time the tens of thousands of introduced species usually swiftly die out or settle down and become model eco-citizens....
  • Our American Ecosystems Need Gardeners to Weed Them (Responsibly, of Course)!

    02/03/2015 5:06:08 PM PST · by Ulmius · 37 replies
    February 3, 2015 | Ulmius
    I'm writing on a story I heard about the spread of the Burmese python in Florida. This is also my first post on this site. Despite all our objections against the dangers of blind and excessive "green" regulations by the federal government, conservationism SHOULD NOT be seen as a strictly progressive movement. In the context of invasive species, these types of pests infest an area the size of Delaware every year in this country (according to the Audubon Society). Pythons roam the Everglades. Chinese privet chokes out vital understory species in the Southern uplands. Zebra mussels crust the surface of...
  • Giant African Land Snails Return To South Florida

    09/15/2011 2:26:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 91 replies
    http://miami.cbslocal.com ^ | 09-15-2011 | Staff
    CORAL GABLES (CBS4) – They’re back. Giant African land snails which once took a decade to eradicate from South Florida have returned. Giant African land snails, considered to be one of the most damaging snails in the world, have been found in the Coral Gables area of Miami-Dade County, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Giant African land snail is one of the most damaging snails in the world because they consume at least 500 different types of plants, can cause structural damage to plaster and stucco on houses, and can carry a parasitic worm...
  • Probe: Smuggled snails eaten for religion

    03/11/2010 2:13:15 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 15 replies · 480+ views
    upi ^ | March 11
    MIAMI, - Authorities in Florida said they are investigating the alleged illegal importing of giant African snails for use in a religious healing ritual. A search warrant filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court said state and federal investigators raided the home of Charles Stewart, 48, in January after receiving information that he was keeping a large box full of the snails, which are only allowed in the United States with special permits for scientific research, the Miami Herald reported Thursday. Federal authorities said they began investigating Stewart in November after receiving complaints that he was feeding the juices from the snails...
  • Giant, Hungry Snails Overrunning Caribbean Island of Barbados

    11/08/2006 10:07:29 AM PST · by gobucks · 57 replies · 2,215+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 8 Nov 2006 | AP`
    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — A breed of giant, ravenous snails that first appeared in Barbados five years ago has thrived on the tropical island, destroying crops and prompting calls for the government to eliminate the slimy pests. A nocturnal "snail hunt" last weekend reported finding hundreds of thousands of giant African snails swarming the central parish of St. George, the country's agricultural heartland, where farmers had complained of damage to crops including sugar cane, bananas and papayas. "We saw snails riding on each other's backs and moving in clusters," said David Walrond, chairman of the local emergency response office, which organized...
  • Science Takes On a Silent Invader (quagga mussels and zebra mussels)

    02/28/2014 1:51:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | FEB. 24, 2014 | ROBERT H. BOYLE
    Since they arrived in the Great Lakes in the 1980s, two species of mussels the size of pistachios have spread to hundreds of lakes and rivers in 34 states and have done vast economic and ecological damage. These silent invaders, the quagga and zebra mussels, have disrupted ecosystems by devouring phytoplankton, the foundation of the aquatic food web, and have clogged the water intakes and pipes of cities and towns, power plants, factories and even irrigated golf courses. Now the mussels may have met their match: Daniel P. Molloy, an emeritus biologist at the New York State Museum in Albany...
  • Florida's 'Python Challenge' draws adrenaline junkies, eco-warriors

    01/12/2013 4:07:33 PM PST · by george76 · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 10, 2013 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The chance to traipse through Florida's Everglades in search of wild pythons up to 15 feet long has attracted nearly 700 thrill-seekers from throughout the county. The Sunshine State is offering cash prizes in the month-long “Python Challenge,” which begins tomorrow and is aimed at helping to control the exploding population of the non-native Burmese pythons, which have devastated Florida's eco-system. Anyone is eligible for the hunt ... cash prizes of up to $1,500 will be given to hunters who catch the largest and most pythons. The pythons that have nearly eradicated entire native species such as deer, bobcats and...
  • Cookout aims to tip scales against snakehead in Maryland

    05/31/2012 8:13:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 30, 2012 | Meredith Somers
    If Maryland has its way, an invasive enemy could become a nontraditional entree. Ten years after the northern snakehead was first caught in a local pond, the animal once dubbed “Frankenfish” has established a habitat and lived up to its reputation as an adaptable, aggressive and all-consuming predator. But unlike the protections afforded to the other mascots of Maryland’s waterways, the sacred blue crab and the beloved rockfish, environmental officials are encouraging area anglers to kill and cook as many of the scaly monsters as possible — a prospect local chefs say is surprisingly palatable. “The big difference between snakehead...
  • Giant, Toxic Weed Poses Health Risk

    07/19/2011 1:01:57 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 87 replies · 1+ views
    http://news.discovery.com ^ | Tue Jul 19, 2011 07:48 AM ET | By Emily Sohn
    It's exotic and beautiful, a 15-foot tall plant with clusters of dainty white flowers and human-sized leaves -- resembling, it is often said, Queen Anne's Lace on steroids. But giant hogweed is an invasive species that is spreading around much of the northern United States. Even worse, its sap is extremely poisonous, with the potential to cause blistering burns and even blindness. Now that the giant hogweed's flowering season is here again, experts are taking the opportunity to draw people's attention to the plant -- for the sake of human health as well as for the health of the environment....
  • Mother Nature’s Melting Pot

    04/03/2011 9:05:40 AM PDT · by Oratam · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 2, 2011 | Hugh Raffles
    THE anti-immigrant sentiment sweeping the country, from draconian laws in Arizona to armed militias along the Mexican border, has taken many Americans by surprise. It shouldn’t — nativism runs deep in the United States. Just ask our non-native animals and plants: they too are commonly labeled as aliens, even though they also provide significant benefits to their new home.
  • Smelly kudzu-eating bug invades Alabama

    01/17/2011 10:49:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 54 replies · 1+ views
    An invasive kudzu-eating bug that swept across Georgia last year has now been detected in Alabama. Though you might be tempted to celebrate the arrival of a bug that eats The Vine That Ate the South, this kudzu bug stinks. Both literally and figuratively. When temperatures drop, the pea-sized bugs -- also known as the lablab bug or the globular stink bug -- invades homes in hordes. When threatened or crushed, they emit a foul odor. University of Georgia entomology Professor Wayne A. Gardner said he's found them 30 stories high, coating the window sills of Atlanta condo high rises,...
  • Brown marmorated stink bug latest invasive pest threat to U.S. crops

    12/16/2010 7:03:24 AM PST · by Dominic L. Fottfoy · 56 replies
    Western Farm Press ^ | 12/16/2010 | Harry Cline
    The dirty dozen have become the stinking 13 with the latest invasive pest alert by USDA-APHIS and university entomologists across the U.S. for growers to be on the lookout for the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).
  • Crop-chomping snails seized at Dulles

    09/11/2010 7:24:13 AM PDT · by ExGeeEye · 16 replies
    WTOP.com ^ | 9/9/10 | Staff
    ...A traveler from Ghana tried to bring 14 Giant African Land Snails into the US...one of the worst invasive species...could have been devastating to crops.
  • Destruction of Giant Algae Doughnut Threatens Lake Michigan (Quagga mussels eating phytoplankton)

    09/08/2010 11:17:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies
    LiveScience.com ^ | 9/8/10 | Andrea Leontiou
    An invasive species of mussel called quagga has recently begun eating its way through the phytoplankton population of Lake Michigan, which could have dire effects on the lake's ecosystem, scientists now warn. A giant ring of phytoplankton (microscopic plants such as algae) was discovered in Lake Michigan in 1998 by Michigan Technological Universitybiologist W. Charles Kerfoot and his research team. The "phytoplankton doughnut" is formed when winter storms kick up nutrient-rich sediment along the southeastern shore of the lake. The disturbed sediments begin circulating in a slow-moving circle with the lake's currents, which provides a massive supply of food for...
  • U.S. names Asian carp czar

    09/08/2010 10:46:30 AM PDT · by lado · 104 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/8/10 | Joel Hood
    The White House has tapped a former leader of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Wildlife Federation as the Asian carp czar to oversee the federal response to keeping the invasive species out of the Great Lakes. On a conference call today with Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and other congressional leaders, President Obama's Council on Environmental Quality announced the selection of John Goss to lead the near $80 million, multi-pronged federal attack against Asian carp. "This is a serious challenge, a serious threat," Durbin said. "When it comes to the Asian carp threat, we are not in...
  • The fish that could eat Lake Erie

    07/04/2010 4:19:19 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 64 replies · 1+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | July 04, 2010 | Jerry Zremski
    The fish that could eat the Great Lakes is only 6 miles away from Lake Michigan now — maybe. The big, ugly and unbelievably hungry Asian carp has been making its way up the Mississippi for two decades and now appears to be closer than ever to migrating en masse to the world's largest body of fresh water. If it starts reproducing there, scientists say, it's likely to eventually consume much of the plankton that forms the basis of the food chain that supports what's estimated to be a $7 billion sports fishery. "These fish are extraordinarily prolific, and if...
  • Single Asian carp found 6 miles from Lake Michigan

    06/24/2010 8:47:04 AM PDT · by Jim from C-Town · 47 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press Via Yahoo News ^ | Wed Jun 23, 8:41 pm ET | By SERENA DAI and JOHN FLESHER, Associated Press Writers
    CHICAGO – An Asian carp was found for the first time beyond electric barriers meant to keep the voracious invasive species out of the Great Lakes, state and federal officials said Wednesday, prompting renewed calls for swift action to block their advance. Commercial fishermen landed the 3-foot-long, 20-pound bighead carp in Lake Calumet on Chicago's South Side, about six miles from Lake Michigan, according to the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee.
  • Single Asian carp found 6 miles from Lake Michigan

    06/24/2010 4:59:02 PM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    AP ^ | June 23, 2010 | Serena Dai and John Flesher
    An Asian carp was found for the first time beyond electric barriers meant to keep the voracious invasive species out of the Great Lakes, state and federal officials said Wednesday, prompting renewed calls for swift action to block their advance. Commercial fishermen landed the 3-foot-long, 20-pound bighead carp in Lake Calumet on Chicago's South Side, about six miles from Lake Michigan, according to the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee.
  • 6-Foot Lizards Invading Military Runway in Florida

    05/22/2009 10:35:31 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 100 replies · 7,485+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | May 19, 2009 | Maryann Mott
    Homestead Air Reserve Base near Miami, Florida, is dealing with a different sort of small ground invasion: the Nile monitor lizard. These invasive reptiles—possibly former family pets or escapees from nearby breeding facilities—occasionally lumber onto the base's tarmac to soak up the sun's rays. "When you have an airplane coming in to land or take off, and you have a 6-foot [1.8-meter] reptile laying on the runway, it causes a substantial human health and safety problem," said Parker Hall, a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services. Agency employees patrol the runways on a regular basis to...
  • 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...
  • Gray squirrels invade England

    05/22/2008 6:05:40 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies · 906+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | May 22, 2008 | Shannon Tompkins
    So much of England seemed strangely, even eerily familiar. Some of that may have been psychological; one of the reasons I'd come to the island was to see and smell and walk the rolling green hills of the English Midlands where my ancestors lived for who-knows-how-many generations and from which, 400 years ago, one of them gathered his family and crossed the Atlantic for a new life in The New World. Part of it certainly was the sight of so many everyday "American" symbols — Burger King, McDonald's, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, Coke, Pepsi and Marlboro. Even the language was, for...
  • Dreaded mollusk discovered in California for first time (zebra mussel)

    01/15/2008 3:41:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 7,751+ views
    State wildlife officials say a destructive species known as the zebra mussel has been discovered in California for the first time. Department of Fish and Game spokeswoman Alexia Retallack says a fisherman found the mollusks while fishing in the San Justo Reservoir in San Benito County. Lab tests conducted Monday confirmed that the creatures were zebra mussels, which are known to clog water pipes and boat engines and alter the chemistry of marine ecosystems. State officials plan to conduct further surveys to determine the extent of the infestation and develop a plan to stop its spread. They're asking fishermen and...
  • N.J. Buddhists fined for buying animals, releasing them into wild

    08/14/2007 12:00:16 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 17 replies · 461+ views
    AP viaTrentonian.com ^ | August 14, 2007 | staff reporter
    PATERSON - A New York sect of Amitabha Buddhists bought hundreds of eels, frogs and turtles in Chinatown to set them free in the Passaic River, hoping they would not only survive but also realize their karmic potential. Saving the animals, though, did not do anything for the karma of the state Department of Environmental Protection. DEP pfficials say the Buddhists did not have a permit and may be subject to fines up to $1,000. Releasing critters into the wild takes a permit - and because of fears of harm being done by nonnative species, New Jersey is reluctant to...
  • California bill sets highest standards to limit invasive species

    09/08/2006 8:21:29 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 19 replies · 422+ views
    San Luis Obispo Tribune ^ | Sep. 07, 2006 | Denis Cuff
    WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - California is on the verge of blazing a new environmental path with the toughest restrictions in the nation on exotic clams, crabs and other nonnative aquatic species that harm river and bay environments, threaten water supplies and clog water pipes. State lawmakers last week sent the governor a bill to require ships entering California ports to treat their ballast water to kill the aquatic species that hitchhike from port to port around the world. "If this becomes law, it's likely to spur national and international attention to standards for ballast water," said Andrew Cohen, a scientist...
  • Biologists discover giant exotic oysters in San Francisco Bay

    08/18/2006 1:32:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 596+ views
    Biologists have discovered giant invasive oysters that could threaten efforts to restore native oyster species in San Francisco Bay. Government staffers and volunteers removed 256 of the exotic mollusks last week after searching the mudflats between the Dumbarton Bridge and the San Leandro Marina, biologists said Thursday. Scientists have not identified the species, which grow up to 9 inches long and in a variety of shapes. They don't know how the exotic oysters got here or how they could affect the bay if their population expands. Biologists are concerned the monster oysters could take over the best habitat and form...
  • Religious fanatics terrorize American farmers

    06/14/2006 5:48:15 AM PDT · by SJackson · 44 replies · 1,360+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 6-16-06 | John Stossel
    Media coverage of environmental regulators makes them look like dispassionate scientists. But too often they are dangerous religious fanatics. Years ago, when ranchers and farmers told me that our government's environmental regulatory agencies had been captured by fanatics so hostile to the idea of private property that they'd use the endangered-species law to drive just about every landowner off his land, I thought they were overwrought. Then I learned the story of the lynx. Thousands of lynx live in North America, but since environmental officials weren't sure whether there were any in the Gifford Pinchot and Wenatchee National Forests in...
  • 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...
  • Executive Order 13112 - Invasive Species Advisory Committee

    02/11/2006 10:08:53 PM PST · by Calpernia · 35 replies · 1,332+ views
    Executive Order 13112 calls for the creation of a Federal Advisory Committee to provide information and advice for consideration by the Council. The ISAC is composed of approximately thirty stakeholders from state organizations, industry, conservation groups, scientists, academia and other interests. The ISAC is composed of stakeholders from state organizations, industry, conservation groups, scientists, academia and other interests. The members serve two-year terms. Listed below are the current members of ISAC, who have been recently selected (August 2004) to serve on the third term of the advisory committee. Federal Invasive Species Advisory Committee - Third Term (2004-2006) Updated August 4,...
  • Warning of Chinese crabs on the march

    02/08/2006 8:02:32 AM PST · by Willie Green · 74 replies · 2,073+ views
    Yorkshire Post Today ^ | 08 February 2006 | Dave Mark
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. THEY are the known as the terminators of the world's waterways,which can devastate entire species of fish and shellfish in a few short months. Now an exotic Chinese crab which preys on British native species is on the verge of taking over the country's major waterways, environmental experts have warned. A study showed invading mitten crabs, which can grow to the size of a dinner plate, could threaten other marine life. Newcastle University researchers have warned there could be a population explosion of the creatures. The study authors predict the mitten...
  • UK: Briton finds venomous centipede in house

    08/31/2005 10:04:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies · 1,380+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 8/31/05 | ap - London
    LONDON (AP) -- Aaron Balick expected to find a tiny mouse rustling behind the TV in his apartment. Instead, he found a venomous giant centipede that somehow hitched a ride from South America to Britain. "Thinking it was a mouse, I went to investigate the sound. The sound was coming from under some papers which I lifted, expecting to see the mouse scamper away," the 32-year-old psychotherapist said Wednesday. "Instead, when I lifted the papers, I saw this prehistoric looking animal skitter away behind a stack of books." He trapped the 9-inch-long creature between a stack of books and put...
  • Toothy invader causes piranha scare [Texas pacu]

    08/19/2005 9:36:20 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 20 replies · 2,629+ views
    Del Rio News-Herald ^ | August 17, 2005 | Jennifer Killin
    When fishing in the San Felipe Creek one can happen upon a variety of fish from bass to perch to armored catfish. In Domingo Garza Jr.’s case, he caught what he believed to be a piranha. In actuality, the fish has been identified as a Piaractus brachypomus, better known as the Red-bellied Pacu. The pacu is a cousin to the notorious piranha, and both are native to Central and South America, according to the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission Web site. Garza, a 57-year-old resident of Del Rio, caught the strange, toothy fish in a section of San Felipe Creek...
  • Rare Island Birds Threatened by 'Super Mice'

    08/08/2005 4:32:18 AM PDT · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 27 replies · 781+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 27, 2005 | Ed Stoddard
    JOHANNESBURG — "Monster mice" are eating metre-high albatross chicks alive, threatening rare bird species on a remote south Atlantic island seen as the world's most important seabird colony. Conservation groups say the avian massacre is occurring on Gough Island in the South Atlantic, a British territory about 1,600 kms (1,000 miles) southwest of Cape Town and home to more than 10 million birds. "Gough Island hosts an astonishing community of seabirds and this catastrophe could make many extinct within decades," said Dr Geoff Hilton, a senior research biologist with Britain's Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). "We think...
  • CA: Judge rules against EPA on dumping of ships' ballast water

    03/31/2005 6:33:44 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 763+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 3/31/05 | Terence Chea - AP
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - In a decision that affects coastal waters nationwide, a federal judge ruled Thursday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can no longer allow ships to dump ballast water containing nonnative species without a permit. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston ordered the EPA to immediately repeal regulations that exempt ship operators from having to obtain a permit to discharge the water, which often contains species from other countries that are considered harmful to native ecosystems. "This is a slam dunk for healthy oceans," said Sarah Newkirk, clean water advocate for the Washington, D.C.-based Ocean Conservancy. "The court...
  • Feds pay visit, launch invasive species attack

    10/29/2004 5:14:37 PM PDT · by farmfriend · 47 replies · 978+ views
    Bend.com news ^ | October 29, 2004 | From Bend.com news sources
    Feds pay visit, launch invasive species attack Officials take tour, visit Prineville 'threat assessment center' citeOctober 28 - PRINEVILLE - The U.S. Forest Service chose the town of Prineville Thursday to unveil a national effort to prevent and control the growing threat of invasive species and non-native plants spreading quickly across the country. The step is part of the president's Healthy Forests Initiative to restore forest and rangeland health and protect communities from wildland fire and supports his executive order promoting cooperative conservation. "Millions of acres of public and private lands are at risk from non-native species," said Mark Rey,...
  • A big fish in a Great Lake

    10/14/2004 2:31:06 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 43 replies · 1,793+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Thursday, October 14, 2004 | Dan Majors
    Once again, man steps forward to tinker with nature in order to fix the damage done by man's previous tinkering with nature. And this time it's only going to cost taxpayers a little more than $9 million. In two weeks, the Army Corps of Engineers will begin building a permanent electric barrier to keep Asian carp from swimming into the Great Lakes. Asian carp are a big threat. Literally. They can grow up to 150 pounds and gobble as much as 40 percent of their body weight a day. According to Tom Henry, a reporter with The Blade in Toledo,...
  • Feds enlist beetles to control salt cedar

    03/12/2004 9:58:54 PM PST · by farmfriend · 31 replies · 264+ views
    MyWestTexas.com ^ | The Associated Press | Staff Report
    Feds enlist beetles to control salt cedar Staff Report The Associated Press 03/12/2004 The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation wants to use a leaf-eating beetle from Greece as an alternative to chemical control of salt cedar. The bureau's plan calls for the beetle to be released on Bureau of Reclamation land in the Carlsbad area. Researchers hope the beetle will help control the spread of salt cedar -- an evasive nonnative plant that soaks up as much as 200 gallons of water a day. Officials say killing off salt cedar would allow more water to stay in the river, which could...
  • Wildlands Project in Transportation Bill

    03/08/2004 6:13:46 PM PST · by StopGlobalWhining · 13 replies · 295+ views
    E-mail from PA talk radio host Jim Slinsky | March 8, 2004 | Jim Slinsky
    Folks: No, that?s not a misprint in the subject line. The Wildlands zealots have been frustrated by the slow progress of their "Invasive Species" agenda in Washington. As you?ve read and heard from me previously, "Invasive Species" is a critical part of the "Wildlands Project". You know; no human activity within large portions of America (and Pennsylvania). How best, then, to get "Invasive Species" into law and kick-start Wildlands? Simple; slip it into a must-pass, massive bill such as the transportation bill now sitting in the House of Representatives, known as SAFETEA or S.1072. No one will see it. Wrong!...
  • Officials Introduce New Asian Oyster Breed To Chesapeake Bay

    09/30/2003 1:56:27 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 8 replies · 254+ views
    WBAL-TV 11 ^ | September 30, 2003 | The Associated Press
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use.Environmentalists Hope New Breed Will Revive Chesapeake's Shellfish Industry ACCOMAC, Va. -- One million disease-resistant Asian oysters, bred to grow plumper and faster than their native counterparts, are being introduced to the Chesapeake Bay in hopes of reviving the bay's suffering bivalve industry. Stan Allen, a geneticist at the Virginia Institute of Marine sciences, on Monday released fingerling oysters from orange nylon onion sacks into Folly Creek, a bay tributary. Allen has bred the Asian oysters, or Crassostrea ariakensis, to have three chromosomes, which renders them sterile and gives them a growing...
  • US Congress Moves to Reduce the Threat of 'Alien' Invasions

    05/25/2003 5:58:25 PM PDT · by asneditor · 15 replies · 300+ views
    AllSouthwest News Service ^ | 05-25-03 | Toni Thayer
    Word is spreading about the possibility of more invasions on U.S. soil, not invasions from foreign armies or contemptuous countries as most would image, but from “invasive species”. Two bills, introduced concurrently in the U.S. House and Senate in January 2003, say they want to “reduce the threat of further invasions” of “nonnative . . . related organisms capable of interbreeding”. Ranchers, private property owners, businesses, and other groups are just learning about the proposed law, the National Invasive Species Council Act (Invasive Species Act). Still fighting battles over the Endangered Species Act, they see it as just one more...
  • Another attack on private property

    04/30/2003 2:57:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies · 394+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | April 26, 2003 | Henry Lamb
    No law has wreaked as much havoc on private property rights as the Endangered Species Act. Radical environmental organizations have driven Congressional intent to new heights of absurdity: a tractor was arrested in California for murdering a kangaroo rat, and the tractor's owner driven out of business. In Klamath Basin, 1,400 farmers were deprived of their own water for more than a year, to ensure that an "endangered" sucker fish didn't scrape bottom while swimming. The horror stories are endless, and each is another trophy in the showcases of the radical environmentalists. Now, they want more power. It's not enough...
  • Ballast Water Violators Face Hefty Fines

    01/14/2003 12:35:09 PM PST · by cogitator · 16 replies · 266+ views
    Ballast Water Violators Face Hefty Fines WASHINGTON, DC, January 9, 2003 (ENS) - The U.S. Coast Guard has proposed imposing fines of up to $25,000 a day on vessels that fail to exchange their ballast water at sea before entering a U.S. port, or to submit reports documenting the exchange. The agency has also proposed widening the application of reporting and recordkeeping requirements regarding ballast water, to apply to all vessels bound for ports or places within the United States, with minor exceptions. CAPTION A ship discharges ballast water at sea, one of the best ways to prevent the...
  • Ecologist to lead BLM effort to restore Great Basin

    01/04/2003 1:26:35 PM PST · by farmfriend · 28 replies · 466+ views
    Nevada Appeal ^ | Jan. 3, 2003 | Karl Horeis
    Ecologist to lead BLM effort to restore Great BasinBy Karl Horeis, Appeal staff writer Mike Pellant, a rangeland ecologist from Boise, Idaho, will head the Bureau of Land Management's effort to restore ecological health to the Great Basin -- an area which includes five states. "Mike is one of the smartest guys I know, when it comes to rangeland," said John Singlaub, manager of BLM's Carson City field office. "I've known him for years. He's got some great ideas on how we can do things better both in the Great Basin and throughout the West." The BLM effort, formally called...
  • Cormorant colonies take toll on forests

    10/15/2002 4:20:09 PM PDT · by Glutton · 19 replies · 236+ views
    the Register Guard ^ | 15 Oct 02 | By Larry Bacon
    REEDSPORT - It's not a pretty sight, unless you're a cormorant. Dead and dying trees mar a huge hunk of wooded hillside on the Umpqua River estuary that's visible downstream to northbound traffic from the Highway 101 bridge. What used to be a scenic piece of forest in the little-used Tideways State Park began changing in the late '80s when cormorants started building nests in the trees. Locals say the number of long-necked, gangly black birds has increased in recent years, with cormorant-caused devastation becoming much more noticeable. During cormorant nesting season, which runs from March through August, the hillside...
  • Botanical Beast Kudzu A Force To Be Reckoned At U.S. Army Posts

    08/23/2002 11:09:41 AM PDT · by iav2 · 48 replies · 772+ views
    AP/Boston Globe ^ | 8/23/2002 | Bill Baskervill
    <p>FORT PICKETT, Va. (AP) In little more than 100 years in the United States, kudzu has marched across farm fields, shoved aside native plants and disrupted ecosystems with its smothering blanket of green leaves.</p> <p>Now, the nearly indestructible vine is taking on the Army.</p>
  • Piranha turns up in Federal Way lake

    08/21/2002 2:27:46 PM PDT · by Glutton · 16 replies · 560+ views
    the Register Guard ^ | 21 Aug 02 | AP
    FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) - Starla Deen was spending a pleasant sunset fishing alone on placid Steel Lake. But guess what? She felt a violent tug on her line and hauled in a fish with razor-sharp teeth. Deen, 35, had caught herself a piranha, which is native to the Amazon - not Federal Way. ``I fought it for about five minutes,'' she said Tuesday night. ``It went around the boat three times. Then I got it up in the air, and I wasn't quite sure what it was. I got it into the boat, and looked at its teeth. Then...
  • State examines baby 'Frankenfish'

    07/10/2002 12:21:12 AM PDT · by kattracks · 14 replies · 271+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/10/02 | Jeff Barnes
    <p>CROFTON, Md. — Maryland Department of Natural Resources officials said yesterday that eight small fish found by a Crofton man appear to be baby "Frankenfish" — the nickname people in the area have given the invading northern snakehead fish — a non-native, sharp-toothed predator that can live outside water and travel short distances over land on its fins.</p>