I think most of us can agree that taking care of Wisconsin is important. Being able to enjoy our parks, beaches, rivers and lakes is something that we want to pass down to the next generation. However, there are some things in our state that are creating unfair competition and even dominating our natural resources and habitat. And that is Invasive Species.
Invasive Species are plants and animals that are brought into our state, left to survive and eventually take over habitat. And with no natural predators or organisms to keep them in check, they typically dominate the areas they are in and force out or extinguish current and natural Wisconsin habitat.
But how do we as Wisconsinites help the situation? Most boaters and fishers know about rinsing off boats and equipment before moving to a different body of water. But did you now that even taking an unwanted tropical fish that you no longer want and dumping it into our waterways can be harmful to natural habitat?
But how do we even identify what is natural and what is invasive and what can we do to help the situation? I recently talked with Natalie Dutack, the Aquatic Invasive Species & Watershed Groups Manager with the River Alliance of Wisconsin. She talked to me about some of the things the River Alliance is doing to monitor invasive Species as well as how to prevent the spread of invasive species in our waterways.
Natalie also talked with me about an upcoming event called Snapshot Day, where you and I can get out and help identify invasive species throughout the state. Snapshot Day will be held on August 17,2019, and is a great way for you to get involved in helping protect Wisconsin from invasive species all while spending a day on one of Wisconsin’s beautiful waterways.
With almost 30 different sites throughout the state, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get out and help keep track of invasive species in our State.
If you’d like more information about Snapshot day and how you can help, follow the links below. Let’s do something great for our state as we head out to be one of Wisconsin’s Outdoor Explorers.
River Alliance of Wisconsin - https://www.wisconsinrivers.org/
Snapshot Day - https://www.wisconsinrivers.org/snapshot-day/
Have questions? Contact Natalie Dutack - email@example.com