What is a Watch List Species?
Watch list species pose a possible or immediate threat to Michigan's natural resources. Watch list species have either not ben identified alive in Michigan, or have limited distribution within the state, but they have the potential to cause significant damage to our environment, economy and public health.
As of 2020, the Michigan Invasive Species Program has identified 31 species of plants, animals, and diseases considered "high priority" for monitoring and treatment. Early detection and response is crucial for limiting the potential for harm from watch list species. Do your part to reduce the impacts of invasive by learning to identify watch list species and by reporting them immediately.
For more information on identifying watch list species, visit Michigan Invasive Species.gov
Banner Photo: Black Carp, Rob Cosgriff, Illinois Natural History Survey, Bugwood.org