Apple snail: The threat and potential economic impacts on East Africa — Invasive Species Blog

Earlier this year, scientists from CABI and the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) published new research confirming that the apple snail, Pomacea canaliculata, had been discovered in Kenya for the first time. Widely considered to be one of the most invasive invertebrates of waterways and irrigation systems, the apple snail threatens Kenya’s rice production……

Apple snail: The threat and potential economic impacts on East Africa — Invasive Species Blog

Sequoias Are Being Wrapped in Foil Blankets to Protect Against Wildfires  — Natural History Wanderings

The New York Times reports Firefighters are swaddling giant sequoias in a flame-retardant foil in an effort to protect the ancient trees from wildfires that are raging through national parks in California, officials said. Three wildfires, named Colony, Paradise and Windy, were ignited by lightning on Sept. 9. Since then, they have scorched thousands of acres of […]

Sequoias Are Being Wrapped in Foil Blankets to Protect Against Wildfires  — Natural History Wanderings

Halting the spread of Himalayan balsam: a CABI interview — Invasive Species Blog

With its bright pink flowers and fairly common appearance in Europe, and North America, when Himalayan balsam blossoms it can grow up to two metres tall with rough, reddish stems and shiny oval-shaped leaves. As alluring as it sounds, this plant, frequently found along waterways or damp areas, is highly invasive and causes a number……

Halting the spread of Himalayan balsam: a CABI interview — Invasive Species Blog

Southern Sierra wildfires wiping out giant sequoia trees for 2nd year in a row — Natural History Wanderings

The San Francisco Chronicle reports More than a dozen groves of giant sequoias may lose significant numbers of trees in the wildfires now raging in the southern Sierra Nevada, even as fire crews succeed, sometimes dramatically, in keeping flames at bay in the most popular stands. Scientists surveying the damage of two active fires say […]

Southern Sierra wildfires wiping out giant sequoia trees for 2nd year in a row — Natural History Wanderings

Protected Too Late: U.S. Officials Report More Than 20 Extinctions  — Natural History Wanderings

The New York Times  reports In all, 22 animals and one plant should be declared extinct and removed from the endangered species list, federal wildlife officials announced on Wednesday. Read more at Protected Too Late: U.S. Officials Report More Than 20 Extinctions

Protected Too Late: U.S. Officials Report More Than 20 Extinctions  — Natural History Wanderings

California Bans Plant Poaching of Dudleya — Natural History Wanderings

from the California Native Plant Society California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the first piece of California legislation to specifically address plant poaching, making it illegal to remove dudleya from state and private lands. In recent years, law enforcement officials have documented an alarming increase in the large-scale harvest of these precious native succulents from California […]

California Bans Plant Poaching of Dudleya — Natural History Wanderings

Giant Sequoia Lands Coalition Formed to Protect Iconic Trees — Natural History Wanderings

YubaNet reports on Giant Sequoia Lands Coalition Formed to Protect Iconic Trees from Threats of Climate Change and Catastrophic Wildfire As fire once again sweeps through the American West, an interagency report formally released today estimates that 7,500 to 10,600 large giant sequoias were killed in last year’s Castle Fire. This represents 10-14% of large sequoias in […]

Giant Sequoia Lands Coalition Formed to Protect Iconic Trees — Natural History Wanderings

In South Africa, Poachers Now Traffic in Tiny Succulent Plants — Natural History Wanderings

The New York Times reports Police search the desert trying to track down the poachers selling Conophytums to collectors worldwide, threatening to wipe out rare plants in the wild. Conophytum, a genus of flowering plants that consists of over 100 species — including several listed as endangered — are the latest victims of a global […]

In South Africa, Poachers Now Traffic in Tiny Succulent Plants — Natural History Wanderings

Couple charged $18K for uprooting 36 Joshua trees  — Natural History Wanderings

The  Hi-Desert Star reports Two home builders who destroyed 36 Joshua trees on their Prescott Avenue property were fined $18,000 in court Tuesday. Read more at  Couple charged $18K for uprooting 36 Joshua trees | Hi-Desert Star

Couple charged $18K for uprooting 36 Joshua trees  — Natural History Wanderings

To Counter Climate Change, We Need to Stop Burning Things — Natural History Wanderings

The New Yorker has an article that cuts to the chase about what humans need to do to deal with Climate Change. It talks about the need to stop burning things and the fallacy in policies that treat biomass as “carbon-neutral”. If one wanted a basic rule of thumb for dealing with the climate crisis, it […]

To Counter Climate Change, We Need to Stop Burning Things — Natural History Wanderings