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Albertans warned: Do not flush goldfish down the toilet

Thoughtless people in Alberta, Canada have created an environmental problem by flushing unwanted goldfish down their toilets. The invasive species has managed to survive and reproduce, some getting quite large.

In tracking Burmese pythons, 'it's all about food and sex'

Learning more about the home range and normal movement within the Burmese python's habitat will provide much needed information in controlling the invasive species in the Everglades national Park in Florida, according to a new study by the USGS.

Unraveling the global invasion of the Monk Parakeet

Monk parakeets, also called Quaker parrots, began invading Europe and North America about 40 or 50 years ago. While the global spread of this delightful parrot is amazing, they all appear to have originated from one area of South America.

Invasion of goldfish turns Colorado lake into giant fishbowl

Boulder - Apparently tired of their goldfish, someone several years ago dumped them into Boulder, Colorado's Teller Lake #5, thinking it was more humane than flushing them down the toilet. Today, the lake is home to almost 4,000 descendants of those goldfish.

European fire ants disrupt ecosystems to help spread alien plants

The European fire ant is an unwanted invasive species in Eastern North America. It has taken over back yards and is capable of a very nasty bite. This ant is a seed disperser, and research has shown they could wreck havoc on our native ecosystems.

Human activity encroaching on Antarctica's ecosystems

Antarctica is the world's last great wilderness, a continent covering 5.4 million square miles, or about twice the size of Australia, Antarctica belongs to no one nation, and there is no government, other than an international agreement.

Ontario takes a stand against invasive species

Invasive species control costs the economy of Ontario tens of millions of dollars annually. The impact these foreign invaders make on the ecology and the environment is often irreparable, if not irreversible. Ontario is doing something about the problem.

Asian carp: The other white fish

Asian carp were imported to the United States in the 1970's to control algae in aquaculture ponds. But much like the mongoose that was imported to the Hawaii islands to control rats, the carp proliferated and are now an invasive, nuisance species.

Op-Ed: The jellyfish invasion spreads deadly Irukandji around the world

Sydney - The Australian Irukandji jellyfish is the most venomous creature on Earth. Its appearance in places as far apart as Cape Town and Florida isn’t good news . Unlike other jellyfish, this species is a real environmental hazard.

Fisherman catches 84-pound blue catfish in Potomac River

An Oregon man was fishing in Maryland's Potomac River waters and caught a huge blue catfish, its size was a record-setter in the state.

Canadian province of B.C. to have Snakehead fish ban by fall

The nasty snakehead fish, or Frankenfish, will soon be against the law to bring into the Canadian province of British Columbia. The plan to ban the fishes import comes on the heels of the removal of one from a Burnaby lagoon.

Report: World bee decline signals ‘sixth major extinction’

Geneva - A new report on honey bee and pollinator decline indicates a “sixth major extinction” of biological diversity is currently underway, caused by habitat loss, pollution, pest invasion, and disease, leading to ecosystem havoc vital to human livelihood.

Guilt-free fashion fur but only if you are wearing swamp rat Special

New Orleans - Can fashion fur ever be guilt free? Apparently yes, but only if you are wearing swamp rat. A project in Louisiana is turning the invasive species nutria into high fashion.

Genetically modified canola found growing wild in Dakota Special

Pittsburgh - A University of Arkansas researcher has found genetically modified canola growing wild in Dakota -- in addition, she found two different GM varieties had interbred to produce a completely new GM canola.

New Study Looks at Causes for Surge of Invasive Species

Whether plants, animals, or fungi, invasive alien species appear to be on some kind of massive move. In Europe alone some 11,000 alien invasive species have been identified. The question is why, and why now?

Rock Snot Spreading Like a Real-Life Blob

An algae that forms a gobby, gooey mess is acting like the central feature of the 1950s horror flick “The Blob,” slowly spreading around the world, choking the life out of many pristine waterways. Experts say there is no way to control or eradicate it

Invasive Species Threaten Salmon in Pacific Northwest

A study published in the March 2009 issue of BioScience concludes that nonindigenous species pose a threat to native salmonids.

The rise of the supercolonies- Ants invade Europe

For ants, supercolonies are a huge evolutionary step. These are virtually immortal colonies, ant “civilizations”. These colonies contain multiple queens, and millions of workers. They also destroy native ant species, and trash ecologies.

Tiny Snail Alters Great Lakes Ecology

The New Zealand mud snail currently inhabits four of the five Great Lakes and is now spreading into rivers and tributaries,

Europe invaded by alien species- 1517 of them

French scientists have done a study to identify the invaders. The numbers are big, and getting bigger. On average, 19 new species of invertebrate enter Europe every year. In the middle of the 20th century, it was 10 a year.

Swamphens Being Eradicated By Conservation Officers

In the past 18 months, more than 800 swamphens have been killed in an effort to control their numbers in the Everglades. The numbers of swamphens are competing heavily with the Everglades own indigenous birds as well as ruining the natural habitat.
 

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Invasive species are encroaching on ecosystems all over the world.
In Australia  pet aquarium fish a...
Invasive species are encroaching on ecosystems all over the world. In Australia, pet aquarium fish are being dumped in rivers where they damage unique local ecosystems by growing up to twenty times their regular size.
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Electrofishing for the Asian carp  an invasive species.
Electrofishing for the Asian carp, an invasive species.
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Cane toad caught in the light. Litchfield National Park  Northern Territory.
Cane toad caught in the light. Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory.
Matt from Melbourne, Au.
The flatworm is preying on a snail: it has been disturbed  thus showing the white cylindrical pharyn...
The flatworm is preying on a snail: it has been disturbed, thus showing the white cylindrical pharynx on the ventral side, protruding and ingesting soft tissues of the snail.
Pierre Gros
A fisherman caught 20 Prussian carp while fishing the Bow River in Alberta. Knowing they are an inva...
A fisherman caught 20 Prussian carp while fishing the Bow River in Alberta. Knowing they are an invasive species, turned them over to provincial biologists for study.
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European fire ant Myrmica rubra in Kirchwerder  Hamburg.
European fire ant Myrmica rubra in Kirchwerder, Hamburg.
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Just a handful of the 40 goldfish removed from a Fort McMurray stormpond in 2015. According to the p...
Just a handful of the 40 goldfish removed from a Fort McMurray stormpond in 2015. According to the province, some were as large as dinner plates.
Rebecca Baldwin / Alberta Environment and Parks
Cane toad caught in the light. Litchfield National Park  Northern Territory.
Cane toad caught in the light. Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory.
Matt from Melbourne, Au.
Zebra mussel shells along the shore of Lake Michigan.
Zebra mussel shells along the shore of Lake Michigan.
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Invading predatory cercopagids  spiny water fleas  that have invaded the Great Lakes in ballast wate...
Invading predatory cercopagids, spiny water fleas, that have invaded the Great Lakes in ballast water. Bythotrephes invaded Lake Michigan in 1986. Cercopagis invaded lake Ontario and Lake Michigan in 1999. Arrows point to the thoracopods (feeding appendages).
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A juvenile cane toad.
A juvenile cane toad.
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Close-up of the invasive golden mussel  which proliferates quickly and densely  clogging up power pl...
Close-up of the invasive golden mussel, which proliferates quickly and densely, clogging up power plants, waterworks and destroying ecosystems.
: Marcela Uliano da Silva
Silver carp can jump as high as 8 to 10 feet out of the water when frightened or disturbed by boat m...
Silver carp can jump as high as 8 to 10 feet out of the water when frightened or disturbed by boat motors.
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The  Government of Alberta created the AIS Program  which focuses on the prevention and management o...
The Government of Alberta created the AIS Program, which focuses on the prevention and management of these species.
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