Aquatic invasive species (AIS), invaders, exotics—these are the aliens that live among us. For as long as humans have roamed the earth, we have brought other species with us on our travels, both intentionally and unintentionally.
I looked over the edge of the boat at the slim shadows schooling below. Beneath the crystal blue water I could only make out their forms. Their shape, number, and the way they swam over and past one another reminded me of a bucket of minnows.
Welcome! This is the first of what will be many pieces on how different people relate to our shared waters.
Unsightly multi-colored algal blooms appeared earlier than usual on lakes across Wisconsin in the summer of 2012.
When we think about aquatic invasive or non-native species these days, we often think of Asian carp moving north towards the Great Lakes or zebra mussels spreading across state waterways.
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