Every month, new species are introduced to our lands and waters, new studies are published, and new methods of control are tested—with impacts varying across the map. It would be nearly impossible to stay on top of every piece of invasive species news.
However, the staff and board of the North American Invasive Species Management Association review headlines each month. This helps us stay on top of trends and further our mission to support, promote, and empower invasive species prevention and management in North America. We then share invasive species news most relevant for people who manage terrestrial and aquatic invasive species across the the United States, Canada and occasionally the world.
So, what happened this month?
- New research in integrating invasive species data sets.
- Alarm sounded over Chinese mystery seeds.
- Parasite from invasive pythons spreading among native snakes.
- This, and much more. Read on:
Success Stories: Prevention, Eradication and Restoration
United States — Read on Maritime Executive
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, its agriculture specialists discovered the egg mass on the exterior of a shipping container of aluminum billets from India.
Prevention, Outreach and Education
North America — Read on NBC News
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Canada – Read on Facets Journal
Comparing the ecological effects of an invasive aquatic plant and the herbicide treatments used to control it
Detection, Management and Control
New Zealand — Read on Ecological Society of America
Understanding predator hunting behavior and strategies is key to protecting vulnerable native species.
Louisiana — Read on KPLC News
The Apple Snail eats at young rice plants and thrives in moist environments. Farmers say the snails are clogging their crawfish traps, forcing workers to sort through their catches so snails are not sold with the mudbugs.
Florida — Read on Tampa Bay Times
New research out of the University of Florida shows the pythons spread those Raillietiella orientalis parasites to Florida’s native snakes, and now the native snakes are spreading it amongst themselves in places where pythons have never slithered.
Policy and Rulemaking
British Columbia — Watch on CTV News
Locals advocate for greater investment in industrial trapping, which others oppose.
Washington, D.C. — Read on InsideClimate News
California Rep. Josh Harder needed a way to convince the U.S. House of Representatives to pay attention to his speech about invasive species during a meeting in February. So he brought in a hefty rat carcass and laid it on the table next to him.
Read NAISMA’s position papers here.
Global — Read on Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Collaborations between biomedical researchers and ecologists, heretofore rare, are vital to limiting future outbreaks.
Global — Read on Phys.org
An increase of 20 to 30 per cent of invasive non-native (alien) species would lead to dramatic future biodiversity loss worldwide.
United States — Read in Nature Ecology & Evolution
To do the work of justice and equity in ecology and evolution (EE) and beyond, particularly to ensure women of colour are not ignored, we need to adopt attitudes of feminist scientists and scholars who view the world with a more intersectional lens.
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