The impact of invasive species in Texas has been in the news lately!
- Brown Marmorated Stink Bug detected in Texas on multiple occasions
- Invasive species, the Eurasian collared dove, taking over Texas
- Zebra mussels found in Lake Waco, threatening water supply
- Infested barge tied to Lake Waco zebra mussel outbreak
Invasive species are not native to our environment, and when they are brought to our native ecosystems, whether by accident or on purpose, they can cause both economic and environmental damage. Invasive species come in all types, including insects and animals.
Insects, such as the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, can, yes, stink, but more importantly they can attack our fruits and vegetables.
Animals, such as the Eurasian collared dove, can crowd out our native dove populations, such as the mourning dove and white-winged dove.
Zebra mussels are a big concern. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, along with great partners like the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, are trying to stop their spread through Texas lakes and waterways. Their larva are so tiny that they cannot be seen by the naked eye, but they grow rapidly into a tremendous problem, hurt aquatic life, and can threaten our water supply.
Invasive plants are also a big problem to our native plant species and crops.
Camp Fire Nature Celebration in Austin
To help kids learn more about plant invasive species, I’m bringing my Invasive Hunter Academy to the Camp Fire Nature Celebration on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at Mueller Park in Austin, Texas. The event is free and lasts from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Not only will you have fun creating your own battles with invasive species action diorama, you’ll also get a chance to have fun with nature with many activities, including:
- Digging for fossils with the Paleontological Society of Austin
- Interacting with bugs from the Austin and Science Nature Center
- Angler fishing
- And many more activities…
It’ll be lots of fun for Central Texas kids and families. This Saturday morning will be a perfect time for young naturalists to learn about nature and invasive species. I hope to see you there!