National Invasive Species Awareness Week

National Invasive Species Awareness Week
February 27 - March 3, 2017

What are invasive species?
These are plants, animals, or pathogens that are non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause harm.

Invasive species are one of the leading threats to native wildlife. Approximately 42% of Threatened or Endangered species are at risk primarily due to invasive species.

Because invasive species typically do not have natural predators, they have the tendency to spread to a degree believed to cause damage to the environment, human economy or health. They prey on native species while competing for food/other resources, they kill and/or prevent native species from reproducing, some carry disease and they are capable of quickly changing the conditions in that ecosystem.

How can you help?
You can report sightings of invasive plant or wildlife to your conservation department. Regularly clean your boats and gear. When fishing, do not dispose of "bait" into local waterways. When camping, buy firewood near your campsite; this will help to prevent the transferring of insects to a new area. Do not release your "pets" into the wild, be responsible!

- NISIC, NWF

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