Help advocate for research on host specific, effective, biological controls of non-native plants. One of the most productive activities to save our natural areas is to facilitate research that will make host specific biological controls available. Insects that consume the non-native invasive plant species can substitute for the controls where the species originated.
Of the 15 top non-native invasive plant species in the mid-Atlantic region four (Purple Loosestrife, Mile-a-minute, Japanese Knotweed, and Garlic Mustard) now have one or two non-native insects or fungi that feed on them being released that are host specific and effective. Since the new rules of proving host specificity went into effect about 20 years ago, the problem of bio-controls harming non-target organisms has gone down to 3% of its earlier rate. With adequate research we can find bio-controls for about 30 percent of our non-native invasive plant species and reduce our work for traditional removal of non-native species by labor-intensive cut, pull and spray.
The feisty Black-capped Chickadee is the most common and widespread of the seven chickadee species found in North America. Named for its call and trademark black cap, this little bird is a common sight at backyard bird feeders
Each fall, Black-capped Chickadees gather and store large supplies of seeds in many different places – an adaptation that helps them to survive harsh winters. But how do they remember where they stash their supplies of seed?
Right now, the New Zealand bottom trawling fleet is setting out for yet another season of destruction. Each year, out of sight, the NZ fishing fleet go on the hunt for orange roughy using one of the most destructive forms of fishing ever devised. They have to be stopped, and one of the first things we need to do is make people aware of what’s really going on out there.
New Zealand trawl fleet to continue destruction of deep-sea ecosystems in South Pacific on the high seas.
New Zealand and Australia to adopt a deeply flawed regulation that will allow continued degradation and destruction of biologically rich and diverse ecosystems in the deep-sea from the Louisville Ridge in the western central South Pacific all the way across to the Tasman Sea.
We’ve stopped environmental crimes in the past and held companies to account. Together in our thousands, we’re forcing change and seeing results.
More and more people are saying ‘no’ to trashing the oceans, forests and climate – and standing up to protect our air, land and water from pollution.
The “little devil,” or Black-capped Petrel, is among the rarest and most secretive seabirds in the Western Hemisphere. Extremehabitat losson their breeding grounds was thought to have driven the bird extinct until its rediscovery in 1963. This species remains in danger ofextinction, with fewer than 2,000 pairs in existence.
These seabirds spend most of their lives in flight over open water, returning to land only to breed. One reason Black-capped Petrels remain little known is that their breeding sites are hidden in the rugged mountains of Hispaniola, the Caribbean island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic.