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Invasive Species *

Time Required Very Long (1+ months)
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Invasive species are organisms (either plant or animal) that have been introduced into a new, non-native area and spread rapidly in the new environment due to a lack of regulation by predators. Frequently, invasive species will out-compete native species for resources which can put native species at risk. This is an especially big problem for threatened habitat and endangered species, which are already at risk. Survey your area to document cases of invasive species invading a local environment. Experiment with different methods to control an invasive species (pulling invasive plants vs. using herbicides, using insecticides vs. selectively culling destructive invasive insects, trapping small animals vs. introducing native predators). You can also experiment with invasive species to document the rate of invasion, called encroachment, into a new environment.

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  • The University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. (n.d.). Invasive and Exotic Species of North America. Retrieved August 14, 2014, from http://www.invasive.org/.
  • What's Invasive! Staff. (n.d.). What's Invasive! Community Data Collection. Retrieved August 14, 2014, from http://www.whatsinvasive.org/.
  • National Park Service Staff. (n.d.). National Park Service. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, U.S. Dept. of the Interior. Retrieved March 1, 2006, from http://www.nps.gov/.

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