Above, sample of a science-based invasive species prevention message, which performed as well or better than militaristic or nativistic messages in social media tests in recent new research. Artwork by Brooke Alexander, Wisconsin Sea Grant.
The staff and board of the North American Invasive Species Management Association review invasive species 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, Mexico and the world.
Prevention, Outreach and Education
Wisconsin — Read on Sea Grant
Many communication goals, the team found, can be achieved by using fact-based or more positive message frames. In general, the science frame—a direct, factual approach—will always perform at least as well as nativist and militaristic frames.
North America — Read on Society of Environmental Journalists
People need to know about these pests and how to avoid spreading them. This TipSheet for journalists is helpful for anyone who wants to do more invasive species outreach.
Kansas — Read on KAKE.com
During capturing efforts at the state fishing lake, university researchers collected multiple rusty crayfish. This is the first time rusty crayfish have been documented in the wild in Kansas.
United States — Read on EurekAlert
Resisting ecosystem transformation is not always a feasible approach. According to a new paper published today in the Ecological Society of America’s journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, accepting and directing ecosystem change are also viable responses, and should not necessarily be viewed as fallback options or as last resorts. The paper presents a set of guiding principles for applying a “RAD” strategy – a framework that involves either resisting, accepting or directing ecosystem changes.
United States — Read on the Chicago Tribune
Now scientists are studying methods of genetic control — an approach that could spare other organisms from becoming collateral damage and potentially solve the scale problem.
Detection, Management and Control
Northeast — Read on Grist
A story of biocontrol, economics, and climate change. The battle between adelgid and fly is a preview of future fights to curtail invasive species.
Read about how one NAISMA partner is “Using Early Detection and Community Science to Slow the Spread of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.”
Michigan — Read Michigan DNR News Release
First detection of this invasive bug in the state.
Midwest – Read on USA Today
Poison hemlock does well in moist soil conditions, Shaver said. So with the wet springs the Midwest has seen, it’s been the perfect environment for the toxic plant to explode. “It just hit this exponential rate of spread,” Shaver said. “Poison hemlock was nowhere and all of a sudden it was everywhere.”
Ohio — Read on USDA/APHIS
We are still learning about SARS-CoV-2 in animals. Based on the information available, the risk of animals spreading the virus to people is considered to be low.
Texas — Read on Texas Parks and Wildlife
“These are the first reports of silver carp from Texas waters, although they have previously been found in other areas of the Red River including just downstream from Lake Texoma in Oklahoma waters in 2019,” said Dan Bennett, TPWD fisheries management biologist. “Invasive carp pose a significant risk to Lake Texoma’s ecosystem and boaters and there is adequate flow and upstream river area for them to become established and reproduce in the lake if introduced.”
Minnesota — Listen on Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Listen to a chat with land managers and landowners about their experiences dealing with these two prairie nemeses. They’ll provide you with helpful tips and insights on how to manage for the long-term and make sure your prairie passes its next health checkup.
Australia — Read on The Guardian
It’s been called ‘invasivorism’. Is it an environmentally friendly diet or a feel-good distraction?
Spain — Read on the Guardian
Estuaries and river deltas act as an early warning that all is not well, from rising sea levels to invasive species.