- Invasive species have negative ecological, economic, social and public health impacts. They have been widely identified as a serious threat to global and local biodiversity. Once established, they often out-compete native species for limited resources such as food and habitat, alter and damage existing habitat, displace native species and in some cases prey directly upon native species. Their impacts are found in our waterways, along our roadsides, in our wilderness areas and in both rural and urban communities. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recognizes these threats and is working hard to prevent new invasions, limit the spread of existing invasions and limit their associated impacts.
Invasive Species of the Month
Golden Mussel (Limnoperna fotunei)The Golden mussel is a bivalve native to Asia, and although not currently found in the United States is predicted to invade fresh water lakes and rivers throughout the country. Golden mussels arrived in South America in the 1990's, spreading through river deltas to 5 countries. The high filtration rate of golden mussels pose substantial threat to aquatic invertebrates and have the capacity to significantly alter all levels of food chain activity. > More
Invasive Species News
- New Aquatic Invasive Detected in MichiganResponding to reports of possible parrot feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum) located in Southeastern Michigan, the Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division staff confirmed the presence of the prohibited species. Following verification and initial site assessment, Wildlife Division staff employed protocols developed through the Early Detection and Rapid Response program to eradicate the infestation and prevent further spread.> More
- DNR Responds To New Aquatic Invader
- Michigan's Aquatic Invasive Species Plan Approved
- Video Resource for Asian Carp Identification