New Zealand Mudsnails are a harmful invasive species in Washington and transport o f these animals is prohibited.

Invasive species awareness is an important first step

It’s National Invasive Species Awareness Week! That means it’s time to find out how we can be part of the solution and not add to the problem, which is serious and getting worse. According to a 2017 study, Washington’s economy and natural resources are being significantly harmed by invasive species, and the damage could become…

Don’t Release Classroom Animals and Plants into the Wild

Source: Washington State Conservation and Recreation Office Press Release, June 14, 2016, http://rco.wa.gov/doc_pages/press/2016/156.shtml. Contact: Susan Zemek, susan.zemek@rco.wa.gov, 360-902-3081, TTY 360-902-1996. OLYMPIA – As the school year comes to a close, the Washington State Invasive Species Council is asking teachers and parents not to release classroom pets, insects, fish or aquarium plants into the wild. “Most of the classroom animals released…