Wednesday, June 10, 2020

"Why planting tenacious tamarisk seemed like a good idea until it wasn’t, and other harrowing tales of Colorado’s invasive species"

Colorado Sun:

Tamarisk can grow 12 feet in one summer. Tamarisk can hold its breath underwater for 70 days.

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Because this beetle eats only one thing, it also resides in and around Kazakhstan. So some U.S. scientists deployed butterfly nets in Genghis Khan country, flew home, threw some diorhabda into cushy lockdown in laboratories across the West, and then started filing paperwork.

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New Mexico was happy.

Arizona? Not so much.

Arizonans love a bird called the Southwestern willow flycatcher.

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the increasingly homeless flycatcher sought refuge.

In tamarisk.