The Everglades CISMA needs YOU to help control invasive plants and animals in South Florida. There are many ways to get involved.
Burmese pythons, tegu lizards, lionfish, and many other invasive animals were introduced to South Florida through the pet trade. You can help prevent more invasions by being a responsible pet owner. NEVER let an exotic pet loose into the wild.
After an invasive species has been introduced, early detection and rapid response (EDRR) is the best tool we have to remove invaders before they cause problems. Public reports can help us detect new invaders and better understand the abundance and locations of established invasive species.
Many invasive plants are popular landscape species that grow and spread aggressively. When they escape into natural areas, they can smother native plants, change wildlife habitats, and make fires more likely. Even in your own yard, these plants can crowd out other species and be very hard to remove once they establish themselves.
The Everglades is home to at least 22 species of nonnative freshwater fish, whose impact on native fish communities is yet unknown. Meanwhile, invasive lionfish have the potential to reduce saltwater fish populations and affect Florida’s recreational and commercial fishing industries. The Everglades CISMA encourages anglers to target these nonnative species for consumption.