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Invasive Species

Species of animals and plants invading a new region can cause serious harm to its ecosystem and economy. These invasive species can multiply quickly and harm the native plants and animals of the area.

Investigate how these uninvited inhabitants, like the lionfish, are introduced to an area, as well as what you can do to combat future invasions.

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Florida’s Biggest Python So Far

Florida’s Biggest Python So Far

Researchers captured a 17-foot-7-inch Burmese python. Weighing in at 164.5 pounds, the largest python ever caught in Florida also had a record clutch: 87 eggs. More...

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NPR
Classroom Culprits? Invasive Crayfish Threaten Western Waterways

Classroom Culprits? Invasive Crayfish Threaten Western Waterways

The Eastern crayfish is wreaking havoc in Oregon’s waterways, killing native crawfish and eating fish eggs. Find out how this invasive species ended up so far from home. More...

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PBS Newshour
Habitat Havoc

Habitat Havoc

What happens when an invasive species wreaks havoc on a natural habitat? Find out as the SciGirls study the non-native Canary Island Palm. More...

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SciGirls/PBS
Top 10 Invasive Species: Gray Squirrel

Top 10 Invasive Species: Gray Squirrel

The gray squirrel is native to North America, but the species has invaded Britain and brought along disease. So the British are fighting back to protect and save their native red squirrel. More...

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TIME
Invasive Species Matching Game

Invasive Species Matching Game

Feral pigs, cane toads, and crazy ants…they’re all invasive species. Match 10 troublesome aliens to the damage they've done in their new homes. More...

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NOVA/PBS
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Invasive Species: The Story of Bunny

Invasive Species: The Story of Bunny

Accidentally landing on Planet Wonderful and feasting on four-leaf clover, carrot people, and cabbage cows, bunnies lived well and reproduced quickly — but they did not live happily ever after. Watch to find out why. More...

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SciShow
Invasive Species: What You Can Do

Invasive Species: What You Can Do

Follow these 6 simple steps to help prevent invasive species from moving in. You’ll be helping native plants and animals. More...

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The Nature Conservancy
Jumping Asian Carp Invade Missouri River

Jumping Asian Carp Invade Missouri River

Brought to Arkansas some 40 years ago to keep lagoons and fish farms clean, the Asian carp escaped and invaded the Missouri River. See how it gives boaters an unwanted surprise. More...

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CBS
Louisiana Crayfish: Good, Bad, and Delicious

Louisiana Crayfish: Good, Bad, and Delicious

Louisiana crayfish are destroying rice farms and threatening native species in China, but the country still welcomes these invasive crustaceans. Find out why. More...

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National Science Foundation
National Invasive Species Council: Frequently Asked Questions

National Invasive Species Council: Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve come to the right place if you have a question about invasive species. Get your answers here. More...

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National Invasive Species Council
New Bugs in Florida Stymie Researchers, Threaten Crops

New Bugs in Florida Stymie Researchers, Threaten Crops

Thanks to its warm climate, Florida has become home to more invasive plant and animal species than any other continental U.S. state. Discover which particular pest is a huge threat that has defied any type of control. More...

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NPR
Pest Control: Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell

Pest Control: Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell

Entomologist Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell works to control often-destructive species of exotic pests. Find out how her research affects your morning orange juice. More...

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University of California, Riverside
Tiny Mussels Invade Great Lakes, Threaten Fishing Industry

Tiny Mussels Invade Great Lakes, Threaten Fishing Industry

A tiny mollusk is causing huge damage in the Great Lakes. See how the invasive quagga mussel is infecting the ecosystem of all 5 Great Lakes waterways and threatening the livelihoods of fishermen. More...

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PBS NewsHour
U.S. Forest Service Tackles Invasive Species

U.S. Forest Service Tackles Invasive Species

No doubt about it: Invasive species are bad news. The U.S. Forest service is working to reduce or eliminate species that threaten ecosystems. Select an invasive species group and find out more. More...

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Forest Service
What Do You Know About Invasive Species?

What Do You Know About Invasive Species?

Ten questions will tell you how well you know your invasive species. More...

Interactive
The Nature Conservancy

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