Southern Louisiana, Part II – Nutria: A Tail of Invasives and Invention

Look at our dwellings on this river delta. We’ve adapted with style, painted wooden cottages pink and yellow, bent wrought iron into the shapes of spindly vines, followed the cadence of the water with a drumbeat. Spaniards from the Canary Islands moved to the coast of Louisiana and set up two homes: waterfront stilt homes for the fishing season and salt marsh shacks for fur trapping. But we’re not the only ones who have moved in and...

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Zebra Mussels are taking over our River!

The Mississippi River flows 2320 miles through America’s heartland. Unfortunately, our great River is in trouble, from invasive species. An invasive species is a species that is not native, usually introduced by humans and which generally takes over the ecosystem in which it is introduced. Just like the Asian Carp, the Zebra Mussel is an invasive species. Originating in the Caspian Sea in the Middle East, they were first found in Lake St Clare...

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Danger: wild fish on the loose!

The Mississippi River flows through the heart of America. It is such an amazing resource that 18 million people rely on its water and thousands use the River for recreation. But our River is being threatened by invasive species. As environments were formed, each organism evolved to be complimentary. The ecosystem of the River, as it evolved, was balanced. Invasive species do just that – invade – throwing off the natural balance of the...

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Invasive Fish are Delicious Problems

America, we’ve got a delicious problem on our hands. Enormous fish have invaded our Big River and are threatening to move into the Great Lakes. Asian Carp are breeding fast and pushing native species out of their homes. Introducing invasive species affects ecosystems dramatically. As native species evolve, they evolve with ecosystems so all parts work together, like cogs in a machine. Adding a species that hasn’t evolved with everything...

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