Alien Invaders, part 2

Aliens are invading our lakes, the sequel! A while ago, I wrote about aquatic invasive plants. Today, I will cover some common aquatic invasive animals, why they are harmful to our lakes, what the status is in this area and what you can do to protect our lakes.

I’ll start out again by defining some commonly used terms. The terms “exotic”, “alien”, and “nonnative” can all be used to describe a species that does not naturally occur here, and has been brought here either accidentally or intentionally. In contrast, “native” animals occur naturally and are fully integrated into the ecosystem. [Read more…]