invasive species

Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources

State officials say five ruffed grouse have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

This week on Current State, we speak with a Lansing woman whose family was affected by Hurricane Irma. Also an MSU professor explains the intensity of this year's hurricanes. Learn how spiders and two Michigan companies are working to protect members of the military. Learn why Charlotte might be cheering for the Dallas Cowboys these days. Plus, the story of buying Spartans gear that turned emotional.


US Department of Agriculture

The US Department of Agriculture is asking residents along the Great Lakes corridor and beyond to watch out for an invader- the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB). 


Michigan.gov

The state Department of Natural Resources says an invasive grass from Asia has been found in Michigan for first time.

Asian Carp
Asian Carp Reg'l Coordinating Committee

Officials say an Asian carp found in a Chicago waterway this summer apparently got past an electric barrier system intended to prevent the invasive fish from reaching the Great Lakes. 


Flickr/Lawn Crawfish 022

News that Louisiana's favorite crustacean has turned up as an invasive species in Michigan prompted a local tourism agency to create a pop-up crawfish festival in Michigan.

View of Great Lakes from space
Jeff Schmaltz / NASA/GSFC

Congressional budget writers are proposing to overrule President Donald Trump’s call for eliminating a program that funds Great Lakes cleanup efforts.

Ormond Park swingset and basketball court
Naina Rao / WKAR-MSU

Michigan is expected to tighten rules about firewood in state parks and some other public lands starting next year as part of efforts to curb destructive invasive species.

Sea lamprey photo
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest / flickr creative commons

States and Canadian provinces that border the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway invest millions of dollars to track and control invasive species. A new tool developed by the Great Lakes Commission promises to make that task a little easier. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports.


Tiny invaders could be big headache for Great Lakes

Sep 1, 2015
a picture of a freighter in the Sault St. Marie Locks
G.L. Kohuth

Invasive species pose a real threat to the Great Lakes. But not all of them are easy to spot. Current State talks to Joan Rose, co-director of MSU’s Center for Water Sciences, about the risk that invasive viruses could pose to the ecosystem. 

If the Great Lakes put up “most unwanted” posters, they’d be plastered with pictures Asian carp, zebra and quagga mussels, and sea lamprey.

Sorbus sapiens / Flickr

An Ovid resident has some giant guests in her yard who've worn out their welcome.

Giant hogweed is a towering plant that can grow as tall as 14 feet, with white flowers spreading up to two feet in diameter.  While it’s nice to look at, giant hogweed is a highly toxic plant that can cause severe burns and even blindness.

Botanist Peter Carrington is the man Michigan State University is sending to uproot this invasive species.  He’s the assistant curator of the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden at MSU.