Tag: Invasive species

Tiny Jellyfish Carrying Paralyzing Toxin Invade Jersey Shore, Researchers Warn

Watch out for clinging jellyfish in Jersey Shore in the coming summer months, because this jelly has an especially excruciating sting. Unfortunately, research shows that their populations are increasing worldwide.

Animals May 26, 2019

Invasive Species In Yellowstone Lake Impacted Bald Eagles And Other Creatures In The Region

Lake trout introduced decades ago have been wreaking havoc on Yellowstone National Park's other animal inhabitants. Some of the affected species include bears, otters, and bald eagles, among others.

Animals March 21, 2019

Wild Parsnip Causes Serious Burns And Blisters On Vermont Woman's Legs

After the giant hogweed, there is another invasive plant that people might have to watch out for to avoid serious burns. A Vermont woman shares her experience with wild parsnip to warn the public of its potential dangers.

Public Health July 19, 2018

Virginia Teen Suffers Third-Degree Burns From Giant Invasive Weed While Gardening

A teen from Virginia had to be treated for severe burns after an encounter with the noxious giant hogweed. The plant was introduced to the United States as an ornamental plant but has since become invasive.

Public Health July 14, 2018

Virus From Koi Goldfish Linked To Fish Kill In Minnesota Lakes

The koi herpes virus from a colored variety of carp native to East Asia is behind the massive number of dead carp in a southern Minnesota lake. The DNR blames the illegal introduction of the goldfish into the wild.

Animals July 2, 2018

Invasive Tick Species Native To Eastern Asia Mysteriously Arrives In Arkansas

The longhorned tick can cause anemia and stunted growth in animals. It is also a known carrier of severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome, which can be deadly for humans.

Public Health June 13, 2018

Invasive Giant Flatworms Found In France Spotted Since 1999 But Scientists Are Just Now Noticing

Invasive giant flatworms from Asia have been spotted in France since 1999 but scientists are just now getting around to noticing the worms. Tests show that they have been difficult to spot in food shipments.

Animals May 22, 2018

Marbled Crayfish That Can Clone Themselves Originated From One Mutant Ancestor

The marbled crayfish did not exist 25 years ago, but it now numbers in millions. Genome sequencing revealed that the species descended from a single mutant crayfish with an extra DNA.

Animals February 6, 2018

Sea Creatures From Japan Traveled To US Shores On Tsunami Debris

Almost 300 non-native sea creatures have landed in North American and Hawaiian coasts since the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami. Their survival was largely aided by plastic wastes in the ocean.

Earth/Environment September 29, 2017

Newly Described 'Spider-Man' Worm-Snail Species With Slime-Ejecting Tentacles Found On Shipwreck, Possibly Invasive Species

A new worm-snail species has been described just off the Florida Keys. The invertebrate that reminded researchers of Spider-Man could pose a serious threat to its surrounding environment.

Animals April 11, 2017

Cheerios Offers Free Wildflower Seeds To Save The Bees: Why You Should Not Plant Them

Despite its good intentions, Cheerios' Bring Back the Bees campaign may actually be dangerous to some local ecosystems. An ecologist explains why it may not be a good idea to plant the wildflower seeds distributed by General Mills.

Earth/Environment March 19, 2017

Dogs Trained To Sniff Out Invasive Species Of Mussels In Montana

Montana is trying a new strategy to deal with zebra and quagga mussels. The state has trained dogs to detect the presence of these invasive species.

Animals November 13, 2016

Bees Among 49 Plant And Animal Species In Hawaii Added To Endangered Species List

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated 49 species of animals and plants to endangered status. Of these, 48 are endemic to Hawaii including the seven species of yellow-faced bees.

Animals October 4, 2016

Don't Dump Goldfish Into Lake, Your Pet Fish May Turn Into An Enormous Pest

The seemingly harmless pet goldfish thrown into wild bodies of water like lakes can turn into enourmous pests. They become invasive species that can pose a threat to the ecosystem.

Animals August 18, 2016

Piranha Relative Pacu Fish With Human-Like Teeth Found In Michigan Lakes

The South American pacu fish, a vegetarian relative of the piranha, is not native to Michigan lakes. How did it get to the state's bodies of water?

Animals August 13, 2016

New Zealand Wages War On Invasive Predators, Plans To Eliminate Them All By 2050

New Zealand has officially waged war against invasive predators like possums and rats, vowing to eliminate them entirely by 2050.

Animals July 25, 2016

Deadly Lionfish Invading The Mediterranean: What You Should Know

New research suggests that the Mediterranean Sea is being threatened by invasive species of deadly lionfish. The invasion is spurred by warming waters and the widening of the Suez Canal.

Animals June 29, 2016

Developing Countries Most Threatened By Invasive Pests: CSIRO

A new CSIRO study has found that rich countries, such as the United States and China, may be playing a key role in helping spread invasive species. Among those at high risk for such invasions are countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Earth/Environment June 22, 2016

Fish With Human-like Teeth Caught In San Francisco: How Invasive Species Affect Ecosystems

A non-native, invasive fish species with human-like teeth was recently pulled out of a pond in San Francisco. How do invasive species such as this affect ecosystems?

Animals June 2, 2016

Man-Eating Nile Crocodiles Invade Miami

Nile crocodiles have been found in Florida's Everglades, and they could soon develop into the top predator in the region, biologists fear. How dangerous are these man-eating reptiles?

Animals May 21, 2016

21 Percent Of Global Plant Species At Risk Of Extinction: Kew Report

The first assessment of the world's flora or plant species has found that 21 percent of plants are at risk of extinction. The silver lining, however, is that new species are being discovered every year.

Earth/Environment May 10, 2016

Australia Using Herpes To Control Carp Population

Invasive carp in Australia are being targeted by the government there, attacking the fish with herpes. Is introducing that virus in wild waterways really safe?

Earth/Environment May 3, 2016

South America's Prehistoric Settlers Spread Like 'Invasive Species'

Ancient settlers in South America have spread like invasive species. The population surged dramatically but crashed after they have depleted the area's natural resources.

Animals April 8, 2016

Invasive Alien Harlequin Ladybirds Are Spreading Across The Globe: Should You Worry?

The rapid spread of the Harlequin Ladybirds across the world has inspired researchers and biologists to study the process of invasion on a global scale.

Earth/Environment April 2, 2016

Soviet Water Flea Threatens Great Lakes With A Ravenous Appetite

Invasive species may cause greater damage than once believed, measured in financial terms, according to a new study. Meet the spiny water flea, and learn how this insect is wrecking lakes and local economies.

Earth/Environment March 23, 2016

Scientists To Hunt For Invasive Species Using Drones, Dogs And DNA

Scientists and ecologists tackled innovative ways to stem the spread of invasive species. These species caused about $1.4 trillion worth of environmental and economic losses.

Animals February 4, 2016

EPA Registers Pheromone Biopesticide To Control Great Lakes Lamprey Population

Parasitic, jawless vertebrates, lampreys prey on fish, causing enormous economic and ecological damage to the Great Lakes area. To help combat the problem, the EPA registered a lamprey mating pheromone for use as a biopesticide.

Earth/Environment January 7, 2016

Researchers Forecast Impact Of Invasive Asian Carp On Lake Erie's Native Fish Species

If Asian carp reach Lake Erie, they could eventually make up a third of the total weight there, researchers predict. Native species like walleye and trout could decline, they say.

January 5, 2016

Mystery Buyer Spends $188,660 To Set Free 33,000 Crabs In China

Wildlife experts in Zhejiang, China have expressed concern about the release of thousands of hairy crabs into the local Qiantang River, which could result in the disruption of migratory patterns for other aquatic animals. Reports said an unidentified man bought the crustaceans from a market in the city of Hangzhou.

Earth/Environment November 23, 2015

Invasive, Destructive Asian Carp Edging Ever Closer To Lake Michigan

An invasive fish that can destroy the habitat of native species and outcompete them for food is getting closer to the Great Lakes, experts say. If they get there, they could threaten the lakes' fishing industry, which is worth billions, they add.

Earth/Environment November 3, 2015

Invasive Emerald Ash Borer Threatens Forests In Duluth

The Department of Agriculture of Minnesota reports that specimens of emerald ash borers have been found in ash trees located in Duluth's Park Point. These highly destructive beetle species now threatens thousands of boulevard trees and millions of acres of ash trees in the area.

Earth/Environment October 26, 2015

'Shell-Crushing' Crabs May Invade Warming Antarctic Waters

Crabs that haven't been in Antarctic waters for millions of years could return to wreak havoc because of global warming, researchers say. King crabs could have devastating effects on soft-bodied inhabitants of Antarctic waters, they warn.

Earth/Environment September 29, 2015

Salmon Native To UK Rivers Under Threat From Aggressive Invasive Species

The Pink Salmon is naturally found in Alaska and Canada but there have been several sightings of this species in UK waters. The presence of this invasive species of fish threatens Britain's native salmon, which is currently not doing well in terms of population.

Earth/Environment September 25, 2015

Sightings Of Invasive Chinese Marsh Turtles In Boston Is Cause For Concern Say Experts

Two Chinese softshell turtles were spotted at Wollaston Beach suggesting that somebody might be releasing the animal into local waters. The potentially invasive species could carry disease, compete with native turtles and other animals for food.

Animals September 14, 2015

Lake Havasu Offers Free Mussel Decontamination Services To Help Halt Spread Of Invasive Species

Quagga mussels are increasingly invading the lakes in the West. To help halt it spread, Lake Havasu has decided to offer free decontamination services to all boat owners.

Earth/Environment August 25, 2015

Snails As Big As Tennis Shoes Becoming Huge Problem For Florida Residents

Florida has a big snail problem. The African land snail population is growing, so state officials have to act fast and effectively to eradicate the snails.

Earth/Environment August 7, 2015

Giant African Snails Feast On 500 Different Plants In Florida

Authorities in Florida are concerned about the invasion of the plant- and rat feces-eating giant African snails, which reproduce quickly and pose a growing threat to agriculture.

Earth/Environment August 4, 2015

New Jersey Authorities Wary Of 'Highly Invasive' Emerald Ash Borer Beetle

The invasion of the emerald ash borer beetle has caused authorities in New Jersey to become increasingly worried over the state's environmental condition.

Earth/Environment July 9, 2015

Authorities Confirm Aggressively Invasive Zebra Mussels In Minnesota Lake

Zebra mussels were found in a lake in Minnesota, authorities confirmed. The Department of Natural Resources will conduct further investigations but has advised the public of the correct steps to follow should they encounter the invasive species.

Earth/Environment July 7, 2015

New Jersey Anglers Catch Weird Fish With 'Human-Like Teeth'

Ron Rossi’s weekend fishing trip with his family took a turn for the strange when they caught a fish native to the Amazon with teeth like those of a human.

Earth/Environment June 27, 2015

Government Takes Stand Against Giant Goldfish: Stop Dumping Goldfish Into Lakes And Rivers

Your pet goldfish may be small and cute, but in Canada where they released the goldfish into open waters, they have turned into giant monsters.

Earth/Environment June 27, 2015

Notoriously Destructive Invasive Worm Shows Up In Florida

A flatworm included on the "100 Worst Invasive Species" list has been detected in Florida. Considered a threat to native species, the invader is sparking fears that it could spread throughout the country.

June 23, 2015

Invasive Microbe Protects Coral In The Caribbean At A Price

Symbiodinium trenchii, an invasive species of algae from the Indo-Pacific, helps coral withstand heat but it also reduces the rate of calcification through which coral reefs are built.

June 4, 2015

Invasive Species From Japan Reaches Washington Via Tsunami Debris

Officials from Washington's fish and wildlife department warn that debris from the tsunami disaster in Japan continue to be washed ashore in the United States. They believe some of these objects contain different invasive species that could pose a potential threat to the environment.

Earth/Environment June 2, 2015

Achoo! Ragweed May Spread Into New Regions With Global Warming

Climate change and emissions from fossil fuels could create 'perfect storm' for the spread of ragweed and its allergy-provoking pollen. The U.S. native, now an invasive plant in Europe, could spread to much of northern Europe by 2050, researchers predict.

May 26, 2015

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