“Scientists said Monday they have documented for the first time that an Asian carp species has successfully reproduced within the Great Lakes watershed, an ominous development in the struggle to slam the door on the hungry invaders that could threaten native fish.”
“Florida’s invasive species — lionfish, feral hogs, Burmese pythons, water hyacinth, giant African land snails — have caused a slew of troubles. One possible solution seems simple enough: Let’s eat them.”
“It’s always a hassle and a headache, but this year’s crop of water hyacinth at the downtown waterfront is also a sobering reminder that the alien plant may be able to withstand our best efforts to control it.
“Hyacinth exploded in 2011 and 2012 when a state control program was delayed because of permitting problems.”
“Since the 1880s, there have been blue gum eucalyptus trees growing on San Francisco’s Mount Sutro, which lies just south of Golden Gate Park. Recently, the University of California, San Francisco, which owns most of Mount Sutro, has been trying to thin the dense eucalyptus forest.
“Art as education, public service and commentary — those are the motives behind Chico artist Erin Wade’s newest project, ‘Invasive Nature(s).’
“Funded by a $2,000 ‘mini-grant’ awarded to her by the City Council, Wade will be sculpting and displaying pieces in Bidwell Park (from One-Mile to Caper Acres) using only invasive plants found within the park.”
“A day trip to any of the five [Channel] islands – the two most popular and easily accessible are Santa Cruz and Anacapa, ferry service to Santa Rosa, San Miguel and Santa Barbara islands being spotty – not only gives visitors a greater appreciation of the delicate biogeography at work and how nonnative flora and fauna have been systematically removed and endemic plants and animals reintroduced, but also serves as an escape for weary souls whose blood pressure hits 201 when driving on the 101.”
“A groundbreaking plan to prevent ballast water in cargo ships from contaminating California’s environment likely will be delayed because there are no existing shipboard treatment systems that satisfy state regulations.”