Definition

Invasive species are plants, 🍄︎ fungi or 🐟︎ 🐢︎🐇︎ animals that:

  1. Arrived.
  2. Survived.
  3. Thrived.
  4. Damage the environment, economy or human health.  Some people call this damage biological pollution or biopollution.

That is why invasive species are listed second on E.O. Wilson's "HIPPO" list of threats to biodiversity :

What can I do?

Step 1: Learn about and report your invasive species

Learn about your invasive species from, and report them to your regional database:

Please do this! Most systems have procedures to verify report from newbies, and provide educational materials to learn more.  After you report your sighting to the database, the database will notify your local responsible agency, who will follow up with verification, . . .

Step 2: Treatment, monitoring and restoration.

If in your yard or other area that you own, replace your invasive plants with native plants .

For some species, do not compost your invasives--they will just grow out from there.  In most jurisdictions (check!), you may place your invasive species in your municipal trash--tightly-bag it!  Or they have special collection days.  If we have information on managing specific species, we include that in our individual plant pages, in buttons containing the word "control".

If professionals are doing the treatment, monitoring and restoration, they may use terms like invasive species management and control .

Perhaps treatment will use domestic goats Capra aegagrus hircus , as described in The Environment Report article New weapon to fight invasive plants in Michigan? Goats and its audio , and the Great Lakes Now article Hero Goats: Ottawa Parks in Michigan hires goat herd to fight invasive species and its video above or left . . .

🇺🇸 USA Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin

This area is handled by MISIN, the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network .  Among its functions:

Who: To: then:
[Students] Learn about a particular invasive species, and how to identify it MISIN > top navigation bar > Tools > Training Modules.

As of this writing, this function works well on 💻︎ computers, but is very difficult on most 📱︎ mobile devices.

[Students, Citizens, Pros] Report your invasive species MISIN > top navigation bar > Report Sightings.
Please do this, even if you are unsure.  Your local responsible agency will verify your report before acting on it.  Your report is the vital first step, before the 2am notification of your local responsible agency (as done under function 4 below), verification (like I said), and possible treatment, monitoring and restoration.  You started the process!

If you have an address for the site, please enter that address before you move the map pointer.  As of this writing, this is the only way to automatically get the address into the report database.

mobile-friendly graphic If you are planning on reporting from a 📱︎ mobile device, you probably want to install the app ahead of time, from the MISIN app install pageAs of this writing, only Apple iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch) and Android devices.  Please Register at home or office, before heading out into the field, including setting your Project, which As of this writing, is not customizable in the app.  You can then report invasives using the MISIN app or the website, as you wish.

[Citizens, Pros] Analyze existing reports in your area[1] MISIN > top navigation bar > Browse Data.  Other options are available, but usually I continue with
[Search by Geography > my state > my county] -or-
[Search by Species > my species]
> zoom in and pan > select relevant markers.
Sometimes, I grab the tabular data listed at the bottom of the page, usually via the buttons.

Also useful is top navigation bar > Tools > maps OnDemand > my species > my state > my email > Submit.

As of this writing, both functions work well on 💻︎ computers, but are very difficult on most 📱︎ mobile devices.

[Citizens, Pros] Get notified of all new reports in your area[1] MISIN > top navigation bar > My MISIN > Alerts > New.  You will now be notified by email at 2am of all new reports in your target area.

Notes
[1] Regarding these last two function groups, your actions may overlap your local:

Please work with them to verify the report, and determine if it is an Early Detection species or in a high-quality area .  If Yes, continue with treatment (perhaps using techniques in http://invasive.org/control ), monitoring, and restoration (including optional repopulation with native plants ).

🇨🇦 Canada, and parts of 🇺🇸 USA not described above

Under construction;  will contain Bugwood, http://invasive.org , http://EDDMapS.org and http://eddmaps.org/report .

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