Wild Notes Summer 2010 edition

Summer 2010

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Cosmo the flying squirrel


Invasives coming to a town near you

In Pennsylvania, the only known population of sandwort is found at L G N C

Round Goby | Mile-a-minute | Wild boar & feral swine
Emerald ash borer | Rusty crayfish | European water chestnut

Some other Invasive Species in Pennsylvania

European starling
(Sturnus vulgaris)
Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum)
Hemlock wooly adelgid (Adelges tsugae)
Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica or Polygonum cuspidatum)
Kudzu (Pueraria lobata)
Rock snot (Didymosphenia geminate)
Snakehead (Channidae spp.)
West Nile virus (Flavivirus)
Zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha)

Pennsylvania is home to numerous invasive plants, insects, birds, mammals and fish. Some, like multiflora rose, can be found statewide while others, like round goby and wild boar, have limited ranges (at least for now). These invaders entered Pa. by many means—in boat ballast water, as fishing bait, in the soil of nursery plants, in firewood, and on the soles of hikers’ shoes. Their impact on the state’s wildlife and habitats varies but one thing is the same for all invasive species; by definition they have the ability to cause harm to the environment, to the economy or to human health. Learn to identify a few key invaders in your area, find out how to prevent their spread and do your part to protect our native plants and animals.

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