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Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil in Saratoga Lake. Photo: Janice Painter, CC some rights reserved
Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil in Saratoga Lake. Photo: Janice Painter, CC some rights reserved

Beating invasive water milfoil, year by year

New York state's first-ever Invasive Species Awareness Week is drawing to a close.

There's been a slew of public outreach and education initiatives - all to help educate the public about invasive species on land and in water, and ways to stop their spread.

One took paddlers to Upper Saranac Lake to learn about a successful and ongoing 10-year campaign to rid the lake of Eurasian watermilfoil.  Go to full article
Invasive wild parsnip. Avoid contact; avoid a nasty rash. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/dmills727/3644070846/">Douglas Mills</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Invasive wild parsnip. Avoid contact; avoid a nasty rash. Photo: Douglas Mills, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Beware the invasives; and small strawberries are good too!

Right about now, the roadsides can look more like flower gardens than some gardens do. Wonderful abundant mixes of color, texture, height: all the qualities you look for. Driving the back roads is more of a pleasure than ever.

But beware of a nasty, if beautiful, invasive plant that's taking over the verges in more and more areas. Wild parsnip looks kind of like a tall, yellow Queen Ann's Lace. But don't pick: it reacts with sunlight to produce a painful, scarring rash. Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy says it's a great idea to mow it down to control it's spread, but make sure all your skin is covered when you do. It's bad.  Go to full article
Nylanderia pubens, the tawny crazy ant (worker variety). Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d4/Nylanderia_pubens_worker.png">Daniel Mietchen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Nylanderia pubens, the tawny crazy ant (worker variety). Photo: Daniel Mietchen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

The tawny crazy ant is coming to America

What can take on the big agressive poisonous fire ants that invaded the U.S. decades ago? The tawny crazy ant, also an import from South America. This new "superorganism" is immune to fire ant poison, and they are displacing the previous invaders.

Martha Foley and Curt Stager discuss a new addition to the invasive species list.  Go to full article
Spiny water flea. Photo: J. Liebig, NOAA
Spiny water flea. Photo: J. Liebig, NOAA

Spiny water flea poised to invade Lake Champlain

Spiny water flea isn't actually a flea at all. It's an invasive zoplankton that cuts down on food supply for fish and annoys anglers.

Spiny water flea's in the Great Lakes. In 2008, it made its way to Great Sacandaga Lake, and then to Lake George in 2012. Now, it's headed for Lake Champlain.  Go to full article
Sea Lamprey <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/noaa_glerl/4076027154/">NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Sea Lamprey NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

New York takes aim at Seneca Lake lamprey

AVON, N.Y. (AP) New York state is taking steps to control the population of parasitic sea lampreys around Seneca Lake to protect other fish species.

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation says that next week it will begin treating tributaries of Seneca Lake with a chemical that kills lamprey larva but is harmless to most other aquatic wildlife.  Go to full article
Emerald ash borer. Photo: Univ. of Kentucky
Emerald ash borer. Photo: Univ. of Kentucky

Invasive insect killing ash trees in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Ribbons fluttering from trees will mark the fourth annual emerald ash borer awareness week in New York state.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says the awareness week runs from May 18 until the 24th.  Go to full article
The barrier is designed to keep lamprey from entering Lake Champlain's Missisquoi Bay. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/mmahaffie/28651285/">Mike Mahaffle</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The barrier is designed to keep lamprey from entering Lake Champlain's Missisquoi Bay. Photo: Mike Mahaffle, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

US will own lamprey barrier with Quebec town

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with a town in Quebec to prevent sea lamprey from traveling up a tributary of Lake Champlain just north of the Vermont border.

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says the barrier is on the Moprion Cree, a tributary of the Pike River in Notre-Dame-de-Stanbridge, which flows into Lake Champlain's Missisquoi Bay.  Go to full article
A mute swan. Photo: NYS DEC
A mute swan. Photo: NYS DEC

NY senator pens bill banning mute swan slaughter

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A state senator from Queens is trying to stop the slaughter of mute swans proposed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

A bill introduced last week by Sen. Tony Avella would put a two-year moratorium on DEC's plan to eradicate all 2,200 wild mute swans in the state by 2025.

The environmental agency is seeking to have the birds declared a "prohibited invasive species."  Go to full article
A mute swan. Photo: DEC website
A mute swan. Photo: DEC website

DEC proposal to kill swans doesn't fly with animal lovers

Most people think swans are beautiful. But the agreement seems to end there, when it comes to a new state plan to manage them. A proposal by the Department of Environmental Conservation to kill invasive mute swans isn't flying with some animal lovers.  Go to full article
One of the approximately 11,000 fish released. Photo: Sarah Harris.
One of the approximately 11,000 fish released. Photo: Sarah Harris.

Stocking sturgeon in the St. Lawrence

The St. Lawrence River has more sturgeon than it did yesterday. About 11,000 baby sturgeon were released into the St. Lawrence and its tributaries.

State environmental officials hope to restore the sturgeon population in the region.  Go to full article

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