Cardoza: Invasive Species Wanted Posters

Lesson modified from one by M. Littleton, Carver H.S., Carver, and Mass.

STEP 1: What is an invasive species “Wanted” poster?

See examples here at: http://whyfiles.org/160invasive_spec/index.html

Also known as:  Exotic Species, Nonindigenous Species, Non-native Species, or Introduced Species

STEP 2: What are invasive species? 

Background Information: Go to the Environmental Literacy Council’s web page and read their information on Non-native Species: http://www.enviroliteracy.org/article.php/40.html

STEP 3: Research Your Species

Visit one of the following web sites (or the links at the bottom of the above web page) to find information on you species.

  1. A good place to find out about invasive species in Georgia and North America is http://www.georgiawildlife.org/Conservation/InvasiveManagement. The link at http://www.invasive.org/ here is particularly good.
  2. A good place to find out about invasive plant species in Georgia is  http://www.gaeppc.org/
  3. Twelve of the “least wanted” species in the United States can be found in the PDF report file at this site: http://www.natureserve.org/library/americasleastwanted2003.pdf

Research: Obtain more information on your species by doing a web search. Be sure to document your sources. (Title and address of all web pages used – put these on back of your poster in Bibliography section)

STEP 4: Create Your “Wanted” Poster

Content Must Include:

NAME / ALSO KNOWN AS (Latin name properly written/ common name / “criminal” name) 5 pts

PICTURE – Drawing or photograph (color would be nice) 5 pts

IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS – Key features to look for when identifying the criminal 10 pts

LAST SEEN – Where did the species originally come from? Include a map. 5 pts

SUSPECTED HIDEOUTS – include a map of the U.S. with its current distribution shaded; description of preferred habitat. Be specific about preferred habitat type. 10 pts

CRIMES COMMITTED by your species (crimes must be specific to your species and not general to all invasive species) 20 pts

REWARD for elimination of your species (think ecologically, economically, socially, politically – again, be specific for your species) 10 pts

BIBLIOGRAPHY — list of internet sites /web addresses OR appropriate bibliographic information on the back of the poster. 10 pts

Color, Neatness, Originality, and Creativity Count! 10 pts

List of Invasive Species:

  1. Leek Moth
  2. Chinese Rose Beetle
  3. Bark Beetle
  4. Japanese Maple
  5. Rock Rose
  6. Texas Blue Weed
  7. Purple Moonflower
  8. Chinese Silvergrass
  9. White Poplar
  10. Japanese Kudzu
  11. Northern Snakehead Fish
  12. Yellow Anaconda
  13. Cuban Tree Frog
  14. African Clawed Frog
  15. Asian Swamp Eel
  16. Nine Banded Armadillo
  17. Indian Mongoose
  18. Africanized Honeybee
  19. Common Pine Shoot Beetle
  20. European Gypsy Moth
  21. Giant African Snail
  22. Mexican Fruit Fly
  23. Asian Tiger Mosquito
  24. Kudzu Bug
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