Invasive Species

Invasive plant and animal species pose an enormous threat to Michigan’s biodiversity and economic wellbeing. Emerald ash borer, garlic mustard and zebra mussels are notable examples of species that harm our state’s land and water resources. MSU Extension educators and researchers provide educational resources to identify, assess and control invasive species throughout the state.  

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  • The winter season highlights snow fleas

    December 29, 2014 | Mike Schira | Snow fleas, Hypogastrura nivicola (Hypogastrurida), are tiny creatures that we usually only notice while there is snow on the ground. These little creatures are uniquely adapted to cold weather conditions.

  • Backpack resource helps translate Michigan’s complex landscape into describable natural communities

    December 29, 2014 | Bindu Bhakta | New field guide makes the perfect stocking stuffer for those interested in understanding, describing, documenting, conserving and restoring diverse natural plant communities of Michigan.

  • Eat your invasives

    December 23, 2014 | Beth Clawson | Harvesting and eating invasive plants may add a new dimension to “local foods.” Many invasive plants and animals started out as old world food that escaped from colonial gardens.

  • Grower input needed for spotted wing Drosophila survey

    December 22, 2014 | Rufus Isaacs | Information gathered from this survey will help entomologists measure the impact of spotted wing Drosophila on agricultural production and will be used to prioritize research, Extension and education activities for SWD.

  • 2015 Tree Fruit IPM School registration is now open

    December 16, 2014 | Julianna Wilson | The 2015 Tree Fruit IPM School will take place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Feb. 18-20, 2015. Register before Jan. 14 to receive an early bird discounted rate!

  • Alien observations

    December 5, 2014 | Bill Cook | A slowly degrading quality of life and sense of place may not be perceived by those who cannot read the landscape and see the signs.

  • HOT TOPICWels catfish among species banned in Michigan

    December 2, 2014 | Daniel O'Keefe | The wels catfish, which can reach nine feet long and weigh more than 200 pounds, is one of seven animals were recently added to Michigan’s list of Prohibited Species.

  • More aquatic invasive species?

    November 20, 2014 | Jane Herbert | MDNR adds seven more exotic aquatic animals to the state list of prohibited species. To avoid hefty fines, be aware of which plants and animals are prohibited in the state of Michigan.

  • Hunt for the endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly

    November 20, 2014 | Brandon Schroeder | Both in and out of school, Alcona youth partner in an innovative citizen science effort to track habitats of the federally endangered Hine’s Emerald dragonfly and the invasive species that threaten them.

  • Teaching Great Lakes Science

    November 19, 2014 | Steve Stewart | Learn about food webs, invasive species, microclimates, dead zones, water quality and more.

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