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.
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.
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.
November 19, 2014 | Steve Stewart | Learn about food webs, invasive species, microclimates, dead zones, water quality and more.
November 17, 2014 | Erin Lizotte | We are approaching the ideal time for chestnut growers to scout for Asian chestnut gall wasp. Leaves often remain attached to the galls during fall and winter, making them highly visible.
November 13, 2014 | Rebecca Finneran | A beautiful plant along the roadways in late fall, Oriental bittersweet is a threat to native environments by aggressively choking out other woody plants. Collecting can cause spreading.
November 12, 2014 | Nikki Rothwell | To determine the effectiveness of our statewide spotted wing Drosophila monitoring program, we are asking growers to take a quick survey.
November 11, 2014 | Steve Stewart | Students, anglers and everyone else can use a simple dichotomous key to answer the question, “What’s that Fish?”
November 10, 2014 | Beth Clawson | Help to protect the environment from unwanted aquatic invasive plant releases by thoughtfully preparing your pond for winter. Pond winterizing also helps to maintain a healthier ecosystem for your fish.
October 30, 2014 | Tom Dudek | Michigan is only one of the eight Great Lakes states that is battling the aggressive non-native phragmites, or “common reed.” Ornamental plant nursery growers should scout production fields for this invasive weed and control it.
October 29, 2014 | Bindu Bhakta | Funding and technical assistance to prevent, detect, and control terrestrial and aquatic invasive species now available to governmental units, nonprofit organizations and universities planning to go head-to-head with Michigan‘s invasive species.
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- A Field Guide to Invasive Plants
- A Field ID Guide to Invasive Plants
- A Michigan Boater’s Guide to Selected Invasive Aquatic Plants
- Aquatic Invasive Species
- Buckthorn Watch: Studying the Invasive Plant Common Buckthorn (E3146)
- Emerald Ash Borer
- Giant Hogweed (E2935)
- Midwest Invasive Species Information Network
- MSU Research on Invasive Species