Serving Cook County

New Invasive Species in the Midwest: These species could be spreading in your area; early detection and eradication can prevent an invasion. 

The Problem of Invasive Species: Invasive plants out compete and crowd out native plants, especially rare, endangered, or fragile species. They reduce diversity and may create a monoculture. They destroy plants that native pollinators and other animals depend on for survival. 

Winged Burning Bush Fact Sheet: Winged burning bush spreads by seed and root stem cuttings. Birds and small mammals will eat its fruits and deposit seeds over long distances. As it grows in dense thickets it displaces native plants and the native animals that depend on those plants are deprived of food and shelter.