On Wildlife Weekly, host Jackie Sandberg explains invasive plant species. Invasive means that they aren’t local plants, typically they come when people or animals travel. There are about four thousand invasive species in the US.
Invasive species are ruining ecosystems. They disrupt the water, soil and wildlife already in that area. Here in Madison there are five common invasive species: Buckthorn, Honeysuckle, Porcelain berry, Barberry, and invasive thistle species. Buckthorn and Honeysuckle both have longer periods of fruiting meaning they bud earlier then other berries. The DNR has this diagram of invasive species.
If you have any questions about wildlife or invasive plant species, please call the Dane County Humane Society Wildlife Center at (608) 287-3235