Invasive Species

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Giant Snakes Have Taken Over The Everglades

Monday, April 06, 2015

Exotic pets no more, pythons and boa constrictors—growing up to 20 feet long and weighing hundreds of pounds—have taken over the Florida Everglades, destroying native species.

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Invasive Species Are Wreaking Havoc

Friday, August 01, 2014

Lion fish, zebra mussels, emerald ash borer, phragmites, and kudzu are among the 50,000 alien species that have taken off in the United States.

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Apples; Chicken Processing in China; Cooking Invasive Species; Please Explain

Friday, September 27, 2013

Today on Food Fridays: food writer Rozanne Gold and farmer Elizabeth Ryan share their ideas for what you can do with this year’s bumper crop of apples. Find out why the USDA recently lifted its ban on chickens that are processed in Chinese plants. Sushi chef Bun Lai tells us about cooking with invasive species like Asian carp, feral hogs, and European green crabs! And this week’s Please Explain is all about pepper—from its role in the spice trade to how we use it in our favorite dishes.

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How (and Why) to Eat Invasive Species

Friday, September 27, 2013

Bun Lai, chef at Miya’s Sushi, in New Haven, Connecticut, talks about eating invasive species that are causing problems in ecosystems across the country, such as sea squirt, European green crabs, jellyfish, feral hogs, and Asian carp. He’ll talk about foraging for these invasive species and creating dishes in his restaurant. He wrote the article “How (and Why) to Eat Invasive Species” in the September issue of Scientific American.

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One Man's Search for the Elusive Snakehead Fish in Central Park

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

"It is its an aggressive fish," said angler Noel Rodriguez. "It's something that has to get out of this water."

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Last Chance Foods

Last Chance Foods: The Tart Taste of Knotweed Revenge

Friday, May 04, 2012

Knotweed is an invasive pest hated by many, and the most effective way of getting rid of it may also be the most delicious. Urban forager Marie Viljoen talks about finding, cooking and eating knotweed. Plus, try her recipe for Knotweed Soup.

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Invasive Snake Species Banned in Florida

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, discusses the recent ban on the importation and interstate transportation of four nonnative constrictor snakes in the state of Florida. The invasive species are a threat to the Everglades and other sensitive ecosystems.

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From Ants to Invasive Potato Beetles: More About Bugs

Friday, May 06, 2011

Today’s Please Explain is a look at bugs with Amy Stewart, author of Wicked Bugs. If you want to learn more about some specific insects—and some of the diseases they carry—here are some of our other insect-related Please Explains we've done in the past:

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Underreported: The Antarctic King Crab Invasion

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Climate change is having dramatic effects on the world’s oceans as ice sheets collapse and the sea becomes more acidic. Warmer temperatures allow some deep sea predators, like King Crab, to expand their range into new areas—to the detriment of many other sea creatures. According to James McClintock, a Professor of Physiology & Ecology of Aquatic & Marine Invertebrates at the University of Alabama, an army of deep sea King Crabs are slowly working their way up the Antarctic slope, a habitat they have never been found in before, and are potentially decimating the extremely delicate marine ecosystem.

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