Let’s start thinking about Biodiversity.
You are invited to participate in
UNLESS… Earth-friendly Chroniclers
Challenge 9: Invasive Plants
What is biodiversity?
Biodiversity is the variety of all life forms on earth – the different plants, animals and micro-organisms and the ecosystems of which they are a part.
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Biodiversity and Invasive Plant Species-
A workshop I attended earlier this week, Weed Watchers, provided inspiration for this week’s UNLESS… Earth-Friendly Chroniclers’ challenge. We learned about invasive plants that threaten the native plant and animal communities in the Tualatin River watershed where I live.
Biodiversity is at risk when invasive plants get in the way of the native plants that do a better job:
- keeping soil in place and out of rivers,
- soaking up excess nutrients from fertilizers,
- providing shade to keep water temperatures cool for fish,
- providing somewhere for native animals to live, and
- providing food sources year round for pollinators and native animals.
Our instructor called invasive plants “bullies” because of their ability to crowd out the beneficial native plants that are vital for the health of native life forms and ecosystems.
UNLESS… Earth-friendly Chroniclers’ Challenge 9: Which plants are invasive to your watershed or ecoregion?
Find out which plants are the “bullies” near you. Share photos and information about the invasive plants that threaten the well-being of ecosystems or biodiversity on your part of Earth.
What is being done, or can be done, to stop the bullies?
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