New Invasive Species

Well, it seems Michigan has two new invasive aquatic species to worry about.  One, a species called didymosphenia geminata, aka “didymo” or “Rock Snot” causes problems whenever it blooms.  The other, the New Zealand Mud Snail, has already been found in the Pere Marquette river.

According to UpNorthLive, “The snails can be easily transported and survive in damp environments for up to 26 days.The DEQ says both of these species can easily attach to fishing equipment, wading gear, and other hard surfaces to hitch a ride to a new place.”

More here and here.


Photo courtesy DEQ

Mark Smith

Grew up in Petoskey, so perhaps one of the few people in Leland who headed south to end up "Up North". Graduated from U of M. Taught in Scotland for 10 years, came back to Leland in 1989 and taught English for 25 years at Leland Public School. Still teach part time for NMC. My lovely wife is named Marjory - three grown kids (two living locally) and three grandkids. We live on N. Lake Leelanau with access to both lakes Michigan and Leelanau Life is good!

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