When I saw the announcement for a webinar called, “Invasive Shrubs in Eastern US Forests: Filling an Empty Niche?,” I wondered if “filling a niche” meant that invasive species could be beneficial in our eastern forests.
Emerald ash borer (EAB) has been creeping east. This July the invasive insect was found in Connecticut, and just this morning Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation announced that it was found in Dalton (near the NY border). Keep your eyes peeled for EAB and cerceris (the native wasp that will help us detect it).
The Daily Bulldog - Franklin County's First News - reported that the Clearwater Lake Association pulled 504 pounds of Chinese mystery snails from Clearwater Lake at Allen's Mills. Check out the full article about this massive citizen science effort online, or read it here!
I hope everyone had a wonderful America Week last week! This week the video blog focuses on the European green crab (Carcinus maenas), an aggressive and hungry crustacean that is impacting the coast of Maine.
Greetings from the coast of Maine! This week I went searching with my wonderful cousin, Amelia, for Japanese knotweed. We did not have to go far from her home in Brunswick to find this aggressive plant. We found huge bushes right behind the local Dairy Frost.