Posts tagged ‘alien’

May 13, 2015

Invasive Species in North America

Invasive species in North America are having a detrimental effect on the environment, the economy and human health. These alien invasive flora and fauna species are a serious threat to North American native biodiversity.

The dog strangling vine not only chokes out native species, but fools the Monarch butterfly into laying eggs on it that don’t mature, which contributes to population decline.

Get to know invasive species so that you can spot and remove them.

Picture of Dog Strangling Vine

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How to Help:

Choose non-invasive and native plants for your garden and remove alien species.

Don’t dump fish pets or garden waste into waterways.

Clean boats and shoes between waterways and after hiking to avoid spreading seeds. Stay on trails and keep dogs from wandering and check for seeds that cling to coats to stop the spread.

Here are some of the invasive species that need to be removed to help keep our environment safe and healthy. 

 INVASIVE PLANT SPECIES

Miscanthus

Norway Maple

Common Buckthorn

Periwinkle

Dog Strangling Vine

Goutweed

Yellow floating heart

Tartarian Honeysuckle

Manitoba Maple

Flowering Rush

Japanese Knotweed

Himalayan balsam

Giant Hogweed

INVASIVE WATER SPECIES

Round Goby

Zebra mussels

Asian carp and goldfish

INVASIVE TREE INSECT SPECIES

Emerald Ash Borer

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