In the news

Invasive species are making headlines across Maine, the US, and the world. We're doing our best to keep track of news stories relevant to the VS community. Shoot us a quick email whenever you find an interesting story. We'll add your links to this growing collection.


Invasive species debate

    New York Times, 4.2.11,
    Mother Nature's melting pot
      Rubuttal - New York Times Opinion, 4.10.11
      What to do about invasive species?

    The Boston Globe, 7.31.11
    The invasive species war

    The Scientist: Magazine of the Life Sciences, 9/7/11
    The Invasive Ideology: Biologists and conservationists are too eager to demonize non-native species

    New York Times, Opinion, 7.23.11
    I killed the Bufo

    New York Times, Opinion, 3.19.12
    Hi. I'm a nutria., 07.02.13
    Invasive lionfish (not in Maine!) are such effective predators they are becoming obese

    Earth Techling, 07.07.13
    Biofuels from invasive species open Pandora's box

    Portland Press Herald, 12.18.16
    Getting the law on the side of fighting invasives


    New York Times, 4.23.12
    So Much Life on a Little Patch of Earth

Climate change and range expansion

    New York Times, 5.29.12
    (England) A Butterfly Takes Wing on Climate Change

    International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), November 2017
    IUCN brief: Invasive alien species and climate change

Asian clams (not in ME, but on the move!)

    News Release, Lake George Asian Clam Rapid Response Task Force, 7.21.11
    (New York) Second Infestation of Asian Clams found in Lake George

Cane toad (not in Maine, but a case study not to be missed!)

    ABC News, Australia, 6.14.12
    (Australia) Poison pill the latest weapon against toads

Chinese mystery snail

    Daily Bulldog, Franklin County's First News
    That's a lot of snails: 504 pounds pulled from Clearwater Lake

Dasysiphonia japonica, red Asian seaweed

    Bristol-Warren Patch, Rhode Island, 7.09.13
    Local [Rhode Island] Students Track Invading Seaweed

    The Herald Chronicle, Nova Scotia, 1.27.13
    Asian invader hits N.S. waters: Invasive seaweed already out of control off New England

    Bangor Daily News, 11.29.12
    Invasive seaweed species spotted on Maine coast poses threat to lobstermen and beachgoers

    Bangor Daily News, 11.29.12
    Invasive seaweed species spotted on Maine coast, poses threat to lobstermen and beachgoers (South Portland Students make discovery)

    Gulf of Maine Research Institute Press Release, 11.27.12
    First confirmed landfall of invasive red seaweed discovered by South Portland Students Science News, 9.13.12
    Invasive red algae found on Maine island

    The Boston Globe, 6.27.12
    Invasive seaweed threatens environment along New England coast

    The Boston Globe, 6.28.12
    Smelly seaweed invades state's shoreline

    Phys.Org, 5.9.17
    Increase of invasive seaweed changing sea habitat

Emerald ash borer

    Biological Invasions, February 2013
    Effects of the emerald ash borer invasion on four species of birds

    Nashua, 8.20.12
    Hanging purple beetle traps are a sign of the invasive-species times

    Portland Press Herald, 7.28.11
    Battle of the bugs

    Burlington Free, 8.14.11
    The 007 wasp: Vermont's Cerceris wasp is on the front lines against the emerald ash borer

    Portland Press Herald, 8.19.15
    Maine steps up monitoring as emerald ash borer encroaches on state

Fish species invasive to Maine

    Portland Press Herald, 6.20.13
    Woman appeals koi case to Maine's highest court, possibly legalizing an invasive species

    Bangor Daily News, 10.03.12
    Scientists look to remove goldfish from the fish bowl that is Maine's aquatic ecosystem, 8.20.12
    Invasive species put brook trout in danger

    Portland Press Herald, 8.19.12
    Troubled waters for wild brook trout: Non-native predatory fish are taking a big bite out of Maine's brook trout habitat

    Portland Press Herald, 8.19.12
    Battling invasives is costing big bucks: But the loss of Maine's brook trout fisheries could take a greater toll, on eco-tourism dollars

Giant hogweed

    CBS News, 07.13.13
    Poisonous plants like wild parsnip could spoil your summer (This video is not for the faint-hearted. Disturbing images of welts on the body shown.)

Green crabs

    Bangor Daily News, 7.09.13
    As greeb crab invasion takes toll on Maine clams, researchers worry lobsters are the next victim

    Portland Press Herald, 5.27.13
    In Maine, green crabs threaten clamming: Freeport funds study as clammers take the offensive

Hemlock woolly adelgid

    Bangor Daily News, 06.10.15
    Predatory beetles fight to save Maine’s hemlocks

    Morning Sentinel, 2.5.12
    Officials hunt invasive insect in Maine

    Press Release, Maine Forest Service, 5.13.12
    New hemlock woolly adelgid infestation discovered

    WCSH6, 5.5.10
    Beetles to fight adelgids in Maine


    Science Daily, 10.11.10
    (Missouri) Invasive honeysuckle increase risk of tick-borne disease in suburbs


    MaineWatch, 7.10.10
    Hydrilla Invasion

    DemocratandChronical.COM, 2.28.12
    Monster weed threatens Finger Lakes in Ithaca, New York

Japanese Barberry

    UConn Today, 2.22.12
    Controlling Japanese Barberry Helps Stop Spread of Tick-Borne Diseases

Japanese knotweed

    Portland Press Herald, 3.3.11
    Maine beekeepers having a honey of a season

    BBC News
    Superweed Japanese knotweed's astonishing growth"

    Science, 3.31.11
    Loosing the louse on Europe's largest invasive pest


    Portland Press Herald, 09.25.14
    Small amount of milfoil found at lake in Winthrop

    WABI TV5, 09.24.14
    Invasive Milfoil Found in Annabessacook Lake in Winthrop

    Maine Calling, 07.22.14
    Invasive Aquatic Plants in Maine

    Morning Sentinel, 5.25.12
    Great Meadow Stream, Great Pond off limits until milfoil plants removed

    Morning Sentinel, 02/26/12
    Milfoil a growing threat to close part of Great Pond

    Lakes Environmental Association, July 2011
    Milfoil Update 2011

    Morning Sentinel (via Mr Lakefront), 9/1/10
    Group scoops milfoil to save cove in Naples

Oriental bittersweet

    Portland Press Herald, Opinion, 12.29.11
    Invasive wreaths need careful disposal

Purple loosestrife

    Portland Press Herald, 3.3.11
    Maine beekeepers having a honey of a season

Rock snot/ didymo, 6.5.12
    (Pennsylvania) Invasive algae didymo confirmed in Pennsylvania's Youghiogheny River

Spiny water flea (not in ME, but on the move!)

    Lake Champlain International, 9.17.10
    Spiny water flea confirmed in Sacandaga Lake near Speculator: (New York) Aquatic invasive species now found in 4 waters in southern Adirondacks

Winter moth

    The Cape Courier, 6.11.13
    State releases parasitic flies to battle winter moths