invasive species

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Roy Norton is Consul General of Canada in Chicago. Wisconsin is one of three states, along with Illinois and Missouri, in his purview.

This week the Consul General is visiting communities around Wisconsin. Much of his visit involves strengthening business ties between the state and Canada.

But Monday, Norton was in Milwaukee at the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences, discussing another key issue – invasive species plaguing the Great Lakes.

UW Arboretum

A species of earthworms that is known to "act crazy, jump and thrash" is jumping and thrashing  its way across the state.

The worm goes by many names, including crazy worm, jumping worm and snake worm. It is officially known as the Amynthas agrestis and was identified at the UW Arboretum in Madison in October of 2013. Since then, it has turned up in multiple locations around the state, including Milwaukee.

R. Rothman NYS Museum

Daniel P. Molloy took on “out of control” flies,  invasive mussels, and now at-risk oysters.

A single positive sample for Silver Carp showed up in Sturgeon Bay near Door County’s Potawatomi State Park.

U.S. Forest Service

It turns out that the health of forests has quite a bit to do with the health of the lakes.

Researchers are analyzing water samples from rivers that feed into the Great Lakes.

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

A new report offers a mixed review of the state of the health of the Great Lakes.