Invasive Species

An invasive species can be any kind of living organism—an amphibian (like the cane toad), plant, insect, fish, fungus, bacteria, or even an organism's seeds or eggs—that is not native to an ecosystem and causes harm. They can harm the environment, the economy, or even human health. (NFWF)

How to Prevent the Spread of Invasive Species

  • Check your shoes, clothing, and pets for seeds

  • Clean, drain, and dry your boats, canoes, kayaks, and trailers

  • Dispose of any unused fishing bait in the trash

  • Educate yourself about invasive species

Report Invasive Sightings


Additional Resources

MDEQ Minute Series - Invasive Species Identification

For more information about these and other invasive species of concern in Michigan, visit