An island's ecosystem is being restored.
Invasive species raft on the ocean.
'Frankentoads' on the march.
Lionfish jewelry as fashion accessory.
Restore islands by eliminating rats.
A voracious hybrid pest has appeared.
Lorn Howe Island stick insect restored.
Here at Riled Up we pay particular attention to the major environmental issue of invasive species, critters that come from one place to become a massive weed in another. Sadly, the number of invaders is long and growing. Besides all the ecological damages they cause, controlling invasive species is very expensive.
A short list of plant and animal invaders would include: the 'frankenfish' carp in the Mississippi River; feral camels in outback Australia; salt cedar along western rivers; ...
Mostly we think of invasive species like the killer creeper, kudzu, smothering millions of acres of southern forests, or the slithering Burmese pythons that have taken up residence in the Florida Everglades eating swamp deers and even consuming alligators whole. However, another invader has established its presence in the Atlantic Ocean and is spreading rapidly. The Indian Ocean lionfish-- Pterois volitans --is now ravishing coral reefs in the Caribbean and coastal zones along the ...
Australia has a big problem with feral camels.
The dromedaries were brought to the island in the mid-19th century for use in exploring the continent's interior. They didn't work out too well as exploration transport-- camels are known to be a bit cantankerous and they smell bad as well --and once abandoned, multiplied rapidly with nothing to control their numbers. The beasts now exceed 1 million feral camels wandering about the Australian Outback munching away at the arid vegetation. The ...
Turns out, the bastards have something to say about climate change
By Reilly Capps
The eucalyptus trees of northern California give the place an elegant, dilapidated charm. They rise high from the ground quickly but then seem to run out of steam, looping back toward the Earth in a graceful swoop. These ones below are from Golden Gate National Recreation Area, just north of San Francisco, where I camp.
And camping on Angel Island, in the nearby San Francisco bay, the eucalyptus ...