invasive species

Crazy Ants Invade, Crave Electrical Juice

Crazy ants drive out the fire ants, but is that a good thing?

Invasive Species Tire of Bad Press; Sue

Invasive species are gotten tired of all the bad press and have finally appealed to the U.S. judicial system for respite. Until I read Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow's "Don't Sweat the Invasion" post on Slate, I, too, was a hater. In my defense, as an amateur gardener and resident of the South,* it's hard to like kudzu or English ivy -- both notorious invasive plant species in the Southeastern U.S. -- when they maintain a death grip on your tulip poplar.

Please Eat This Dangerous (But Delicious) Fish

Want to help save the Atlantic Ocean from this deadly and destructive invader? Well grab some tartar sauce and a lemon wedge because the only way to turn back the tide is to start throwing them on the grill.

Forget Floral Prints, These Clothes Are Made of Flowers

Environmental art is usually meant to shock or surprise. It juxtaposes something created with something natural. Occasionally, it's even unintentional, like the nearly three dozen tractors I saw "grazing" in a Tennessee field a few weeks back. But rarely are eco-installations as beautiful as the flowery, ephemeral clothing made by Vancouver-based artist Nicole Dextras.

Happy International Day for Biological Diversity...Now Watch out for 6-foot Lizards!

To a 30-pound (14-kilogram) lizard, a sunny tarmac in southern Florida looks like a pretty nice place to spend the day. But to the pilots who land and take off planes from those tarmacs, a lizard-dotted runway looks like a major safety problem -- and an issue of human health.

Pants Full of Birds Wind Dong Behind Bars

Leggings covered with live, pooping exotic birds: They're not good fashion sense and, as it turns out, they're not the best way to smuggle rare Vietnamese wildlife into the United States.

Pack your bags, invasive species. We're going on the road in 2010...unfortunately. That's according to an article in Science Daily, predicting that June 2010 will be a banner month for invasive plants, animals and insects to globe hop aboard planes. The prediction is part of a study performed by Andrew J. Tatem for the journal Ecography. By studying global climate models for 2009 and 2010 and comparing them to models predicting airline traffic volume, Tatem was able to pinpoint June 2010 as the perfect month for invasive species to hop aboard flights -- and invade cozily at their destination. Basically there will be high airline traffic between geographically distant places that have a similar climate that time of year. So what should we do about it? According to the Convention on Biological Diversity, it's important that the public knows how destructive invasive species can be.