Critically endangered...alien invaders?!?  We are not talking about critters across the world or aliens from Mars...we are talking about the plants, animals, and insects found in natural areas near you!

photo of ornate box turtle
Gypsy moth caterpillar
The gypsy moth (caterpillar) is a serious defoliator of trees and shrubs in North America.
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Gypsy moth
When Gypsy moths have an "outbreak," the caterpillars defoliate trees (eat all the leaves).
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Spiny Water Flea
Spiny water fleas eat zooplankton and compete directly with small fish that also need to eat it.
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a huge pile of zebra mussel shells
These invasive critters remove incredible amounts of food from the water.
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Blanchard's cricket frog in the mud
Learn more about the Blanchard's Cricket Frog.
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Bobolink
This colorful bird is well suited to life in the prairie. Its tan, black and white markings hide it well in the yellow-tan grasses.
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Lynx
You'll probably never see a lynx in the wild. They are uncommon in Wisconsin and pretty secretive.
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Eastern Ribbonsnake
This gartersnake resembles other gartersnakes at first glance.
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Emerald Ash Borer on leaf
Once these invaders get into a tree, the tree always dies.
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Gray (black) Ratsnake
When looking for snakes, you might not think to look up.
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Greater Prairie Chicken in a field
Other names for this bird include pinneated grouse, prairie hen, and old yellowlegs.
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Karner Blue Butterfly on leaf
Beauty and grace best describe this federally endangered species.
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Karner blue butterfly on a leaf
The karner blue butterfly life history.
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Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle
The multicolored Asian lady beetles look like common "ladybugs."
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The Flying Squirrel
It's small, furry, and "flies" from tree to tree.
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Ornate Box Turtle
The ornate box turtle is an endangered species in Wisconsin.
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Peregrine Falcon
Faster Than A Speeding Bullet?
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Pickerel Frog
Learn more about the Pickerel Frog.
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Pine Marten in tree
The pine marten is nocturnal and we don't know much about them.
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Queensnake
This beautiful snake calls water home.
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Round Goby
This invader is a bottom dwelling fish with a large head, resembling a tadpole.
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Slender Glass Lizard
The name for this lizard is appropriate. When it's caught sometimes its tail breaks into many pieces like glass.
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Knapweed close-up in field
Spotted knapweed secretes chemicals into the soil that kill surrounding plants.
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Wolf pack
Have you ever heard a wolf howl in the wild? Not many people have.
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Western Ribbonsnake
There are less than a half dozen records of this endangered snake being seen in Wisconsin.
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Whooping Crane
2006 marked the first year that whooping cranes hatched in the wild in the Midwest in over 100 years!
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Wild Parsnip in field
Scientific name: Pastinaca sativa
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Wood Turtle
This medium-sized turtle is most easily recognized by its shell.
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