What is a non-native species?
A non-native species, or introduced species, is a species living outside of its natural habitat range, which has arrived in its current unnatural location by human activity.
Why is this important?
Non-native species have been and will continue to be a harmful influence in our environment that is detrimental to the integrity of our ecosystems. These species also cause negative impacts the economy. People are the reason behind this invasion, so people must provide the solution.
A tiny timeline…
1500s – first introduced species in North America: Water Lettuce
1620 – Dandelion
1759 – Daisy
1769 – Domestic Pig
1859 – Charles Darwin coins “introduced species”
2002 – Emerald Ash Borer
2014 – Spotted Lantern Fly