Non-Native/Invasive Species

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Invasive species

“It’s a shame to put $500 million into fixing something and then you have sort of overlooked what has been

happening naturally for 50 to 100 years with all these invasive species,” Leopold said. “We have some of the most

serious invasive species in the Northeast, and they’re just as bad around the lake as they are anywhere.”

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Phragmites Invasive Phragmites (European Common Reed) is an invasive plant causing damage to Ontario's biodiversity, wetlands and beaches. Invasive Phragmites is a perennial grass that has been damaging ecosystems in Ontario for decades. It is not clear how it was transported to North America from its native home in Eurasia.

Invasive Phragmites is an aggressive plant that spreads quickly and out-competes native species for water and nutrients. It releases toxins from its roots into the soil to hinder the growth of and kill surrounding plants. While it prefers areas of standing water, its roots can grow to extreme lengths, allowing it to survive in relatively dry areas.

How i know about invasive species

When we went to Onondaga lake and Onondaga creek we went fishing. we caught and saw Gobies,Zebra Mussels. we also learned about invasive plants like purple loosetrife, and phragmites. Most of them eat eggs from different fish, so fish are going from other species of fish
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Onondaga Lake fast facts

Scientists and citizen volunteers who fanned out across Onondaga Lake and its shoreline Sept. 12 and 13 found some 450 species of plants and animals in 24 hours.

Among the discoveries during the bioblitz, which was conducted by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in partnership with the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps, was a patch of rare American ginseng found near the lake, a naturally reproducing population of brown trout in Onondaga Creek, and a lush moss community on the roofs of park pavilions

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From onondaga lakefood web

This shows you what the food chain is in Onondaga lake. It also shows all the fish in Onondaga lake