Pennsylvania's state tree is at risk of dying from invasive adelgid insects
The eastern hemlock was designated the official tree of Pennsylvania in 1931. There still are an estimated 124 million hemlock trees greater than 5 inches in diameter alive in Pennsylvania which is nearly 13 million fewer than in 2004. The non-native, invasive hemlock woolly adelgid is literally draining the life out of the eastern hemlock.
Invasive New Zealand mud snail population expanding in Pennsylvania, PFBC urges anglers, boaters to help prevent spread
The New Zealand mud snail is native to waterways in New Zealand. The species was accidentally introduced into the United States with imported rainbow trout in Idaho in the 1980s, and into the Great Lakes in 1991 through the discharge of contaminated cargo ship ballast water.
Invasive African clawed frogs, initially brought into the US to be used in pregnancy tests, spreading in Washington
African clawed frogs were first identified in Washington in 2015 and have since been confirmed in many cities in Western Washington. Scientists have caught about 300 frogs since the trapping began in January and they believe it’s just a fraction of the population.
Invasive snake-like ‘Asian jumping worms’ are spreading in New York
Jumping worms, which are native to Japan and Korea, arrived in the United States in the 1920s as fishing bait and as hitchhikers on imported plants and soils. Jumping worms first appeared in the Eastern United States in 2013 and have upended local gardens and lawns for several years turning rich soil into small crumbles ultimately depleting nutrients.
The Bugs Are Back In Town: Spotted Lanternflies & How To Deal This Year
Pictured is the infamous Spotted Lanternfly.(Arlutz73/iStock) Scientists across the country are warning of the invasive Spotted Lanternfly’s comeback expected this spring. In August of 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a Pest Alert when the species started to become prevalent. Since then, any efforts to eradicate the bugs have proven to be ineffective. The bugs are delighted with their new home, plenty of food, and space for their millions and millions of babies to grow up and thrive…
Hundreds of suckermouth catfish dumped from aquariums removed from Texas river
Hypostomus plecostomus otherwise known as suckermouth catfish are naturally found in tropical South America, Panama, and Costa Rica. The species are common in the aquarium trade, and aquarium dumping is a primary introduction pathway in the United States. The fish are also frequently released into freshwater bodies by natural resource managers to remove algae.