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Commander Ben Leads Young Invasive Hunters during National Invasive Species Awareness Week

Learn how future invasive hunters trained at Commander Ben’s Invasive Hunter Academy at Kid’s Day during National Invasive Species Awareness Week (NISAW) at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. With this video, watch their journey from novice naturalists to elite defenders of native species.

This is my first of a series of articles talking about my adventures in Washington D.C. during National Invasive Species Awareness Week. Check out my preview video for the Invasive Hunter Academy before the Washington D.C. event.

Thank you Ms. Lori Williams, National Invasive Species Council (NIISC) Executive Director, and Ms. Kelsey Branch, USDA Biologist and Kid’s Day coordinator, for inviting me to be part of this fun and exciting Kid’s Day! And thank you Dr. Damon Waitt, Senior Director and Botanist with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, for all your kind words and encouragement!

Your friend,

Update: USDA Celebrates Commander Ben and His Invasive Hunter Academy


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In an Ecesis Far Far Away…

Before the non-native times, learn about Commander Ben’s ultimately doomed attempt to teach Elephant Ear (Colocasia esculenta) how to become an invasive hunter.

Hello, my friends.

Sorry that it has been a while since we last talked.  Summer’s in full swing and I’ve been enjoying the outdoors and camps, including a camp this week with my rescued yellow lab.

This video is my most complex yet.  I hope you enjoy it.  My next one will be a southwestern invasive adventure.  I look forward to talking more with you then.  In the meantime enjoy my latest video and happy Independence Day!

Commander Ben signing off…

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