Can You Identify These Aquatic Invasive Species?
- Didymo (Is it on the sole of your waders?)
- Curly-leaf pondweed (Is it twisted on your boat's propeller?)
- Water chestnut (Are those its seeds washing ashore?)
- Mystery snail (Is it in your in aquarium?)
- Faucet snail (Are they clinging to the aquatic vegetation?)
- Red swamp crayfish (Are they in your classroom?)
Learn to recognize invasive species like the ones listed above either online at www.seagrant.umn.edu/ais or by picking up FREE aquatic invasive species (AIS) identification cards from venues throughout the Great Lakes region. The wallet-sized cards are available so that you, your friends and your family can help fight the spread of AIS.
Speaking of the ID cards developed for the species listed above, Doug Jensen, Minnesota Sea Grant's AIS program coordinator, said "The six new cards in our deck address species that are less well-known in Minnesota than animals like zebra mussels and plants like Eurasian watermilfoil. However, if these lesser-known species spread, they too could damage our environment and lake-based economies."
This new suite of cards was produced through a grant from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to the Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, led by Minnesota Sea Grant. The new cards, in addition to revised ID cards for other species, promote AIS awareness, identification, and what people can do to help prevent the spread.
The cards are state-specific, reflecting the regulations of each Great Lakes state and containing contact information to report sightings. Each card features Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!TM or HabitattitudeTM campaign prevention messages. For boaters, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts, the message is simple: Clean, Drain, Dry. For aquarists, water gardeners, teachers and students the message equally straightforward: do not release unwanted pets, plants, and live study specimens into the environment.
To order the new cards or the whole suite of AIS Watch Cards, contact your nearest Great Lake's Sea Grant Program, or state natural resource management agency. Order Minnesota cards online at www.seagrant.umn.edu/publications/ais, or by calling 218-726-8106.
Posted on July 30, 2013