June 3 – My Space Invaders

Today’s Factismal: Nick Richards caught a five pound goldfish in a lake in England in 2010.

Ever since humans started moving around on this planet, we’ve taken animals and plants with us. And ever since the first rosebush was transplanted by a harried Cro-Magnon, we’ve been creating invasive species. Put simply, an invasive species is like a weed: you don’t want it there (wherever “there” is), it doesn’t belong there, and it is taking over there no matter what you do.

He's going to need a bigger creel (Image courtesy BNPN)

He’s going to need a bigger creel
(Image courtesy BNPS)

Be it rabbits in Australia, starlings in America, pythons in Florida, red deer in New Zealand, or long-tailed macques in Thailand, invasive species are a global problem; there are even invasive species in Antarctica! These species act like the house guests from heck. They eat all of the food, take up all of the room, and leave their crap lying all over everything.

Quick! Find the two invasive species! (My camera)

Quick! Find the two invasive species!
(My camera)

But we can fight back. And the first step in fighting back is knowing what invasive species are where. And that is where you come in. If you see something that you think might be an invasive species, then head over to My Invasive and submit a report. The scientists will use your data to track invasive species and plot our revenge. Bwah-hah-hah!
http://www.scistarter.com/project/525-My%20Invasive

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