Invasive Species


Invasive Plant Species in the United States (wiki)
Invasive Plant Atlas 

Global invasive species database

The Invasive Species Specialist Group
The Global Invasive Species Database
National Invasive Species Information Center

Invasive Plants (PDF)
Invasives Guide (PDF) 
Non-Native Invasive Plants Guide (PDF)

Introduced Species non-native species

How I turned a deadly plant into a thriving business (video and text)

Microbe Invades Caribbean Coral Reefs 

Food Plant Diseases and Fungus

Alien invasions and livelihoods: Economic benefits of invasive Australian Red Claw crayfish in Jamaica
Some Invasive species may not be entirely bad

Roughly 50,000 alien species are established in the U.S., and a 2005 study put the economic and environmental costs at $120 billion a year

Environmental scientists are using carefully selected predatory wasps, beetles, flies, fungi and fish in hopes of controlling an increasing number of invasive species threatening Connecticut's natural landscape. Tens of thousands of wasps from China have been released to help control the Emerald ash borer. One of the wasps being released lays its parasitic eggs inside the emerald ash borer's larva, while the other attacks the beetle's eggs directly. The two species of Chinese wasps had to undergo years of screening and testing to make certain they would only attack the emerald ash borer and not start slaughtering native North American insects. The wasps are harmless as far as humans are concerned. A Japanese fungus is being used to attack gypsy moths. European parasitic techinid flies have been launched against a new threat from winter moths. And Asian grass carp are mowing down invasive watermilfoil in places like Candlewood Lake and Ball Pond in New Milford.
One of the most infamous examples involved Australia's cane toad experiment. The poisonous toad was introduced from the Americas in 1935 to counter beetle infestations in sugar cane fields. The toxic amphibians now number in the millions, have killed off various native Australian reptiles and are considered a major pest.
Purple loosestrife, an attractive flowering invasive introduced in North America from Europe, has been crowding out native species for something like two centuries. It wasn't until 1986 that scientists in Europe began using the Galerucella leaf-eating beetle as a way to control purple loosestrife, and it took another seven years before the beetle was allowed to be released in the U.S.  
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station


Invasive Species in the United States (wiki)

Global Invasive Species Database
List of Globally Invasive Species (wiki)

Animals Killed by Wildlife Services (PDF)

Varmint Hunting (wiki)
Refuge from Cruel Trapping Act
Project Coyote

Allow People and Wildlife to Coexist
Mountain Lion

Migrations In Motion. As climate change alters habitats and disrupts ecosystems, where will animals move to survive?

This Village in India Was Completely Relocated Because of Elephants

Endangered Animals

Encyclopedia of Life 

Florida is home to an estimated 1.3 million gators. They grow to an average adult size of 8.2 ft for female alligators and 11.2 ft for males. There have only been 24 fatal alligator attacks in Florida since the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission began keeping records in 1948. Alligators can lunge towards you at speeds of more than 20 m.p.h..

Animal Rights

Prof Gets $3-Million Grant, Aims to Prevent Habitat Loss
Using Canada’s largest national park as his laboratory, a University of Guelph professor will test cutting-edge DNA technology that could change how we monitor and protect the environment.

The fundamental properties of organisms —what they are, how and where they live, and the biotic and abiotic interactions that link them to communities and ecosystems.

Asian Carp Threat to the Great Lakes
keep invasive bighead, silver, and black carp out of the Great Lakes.


Invasive Insects

Forest Service
Agriculture Library 

Argentine Ant is an invasive species that has been established in many Mediterranean climate areas, inadvertently introduced by humans to many places, including South Africa, New Zealand, Japan, Easter Island, Australia, Europe, Hawaii, and the continental United States. Ant Colony (wiki)

Helicoverpa Armigera (Bollworm) (wiki)

Fall Armyworm is part of the order of Lepidoptera and is the larval (see caterpillar) life stage of a fall armyworm moth. It is regarded as a pest and can wreak havoc with crops if left to multiply. Its name is derived from its feeding habits. Native to Americas, these caterpillars mainly attack maize crops. They will eat everything in an area, and once the food supply is exhausted, the entire "army" will move to the next available food source.

Invasive Species could cause Billions in Damages to Agriculture

Insect Photos - Insects Information

Gypsy Moths Map of Connecticut and Rode island