2. Slitherin' snakeheads
3. Got crabs?
4. Super swine
5. Too many blooms
6. Bogus buckthorn
7. Argentine ants
8. Weed of a 1,000 leaves
9. Weed-beater success story
Image of feral pig courtesy USGS Pacific
Islands Ecosystems Research Center
Often smaller than barnyard swine, the wild
boar makes a living by digging soil to eat worms, roots and other
delicacies. This fast reproducer is smart and none-too-choosy about
grits. Here's how the National Park Service puts it:
"The pig, a secretive, highly adaptive opportunist,
seeks and destroys native plant communities without regard for
rare or endangered status. Rooting and rutting, digging and degrading,
pigs eliminate endemics, and spread and fertilize aliens."
In Hawaii, pigs helped cause the extinction of 63 bird species
once found nowhere else. More than half of Hawaii's endemic ("found
nowhere else") bird species are dead, helping make the islands
the world's extinction capital.
This honeycreeper is one of the group of birds that alien species
are killing in Hawaii. National
Disrupts native vegetation and "plows" soil
for plant seeds. Plops a dollop of "natural fertilizer" on weed
seeds. Wallows become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Reward
for capture: Bacon, pork chops, bristles, pigskin.
This rose don't smell so
sweet, ecologically speaking.