Name: _______________________________ Invasive Species "Invasive species" - it doesn’t sound very threatening, does it? But these invaders, large and small, have devastating effects on wildlife. About 42% of threatened or endangered species in the U.S. are at risk due to invasive species.The impacts of invasive species cost billions of dollars each year. Many of our commercial, agricultural, and recreational activities depend on healthy native ecosystems. An invasive species can be any kind of living organism—an amphibian, plant, insect, fish, fungi, bacteria, or even an organism’s seeds or eggs—that is not native to an ecosystem and which causes harm. Species that grow and reproduce quickly, and spread aggressively, with potential to cause harm, are given the label “invasive”. Invasive species are mainly spread by human activities, often by accident. People, and the goods we use, travel around the world very quickly, and they often carry uninvited species with them. Some ways they spread are by boats/ships, shipping goods, decorative plants escaping into the wild, and by the pet trade. 1. What do invasive species cause? ________________________________________________________________ 2. What depends on a healthy native ecosystem? ________________________________________________________________ 3. What does invasive mean? ________________________________________________________________ 4. How do invasive species spread? (List two ways) ________________________________________________________________ 5. European rabbits are an invasive species. What country do you think they invaded? (No wrong answers on this one, just guess) ___________________________________ H J R D M C Y W H J D U E E T A S P X O Y A L O V R H C B M C R I Z V J I F E T X B T H N O V Q D Y B Z Z Q I H V S G Y B I B F G M V T A E W I A C R W I Z D C S I N J W O B J L A M U I C X I T W E R A S E T V E R S R W O C U H D E E P G P G Q S I K Q G S W S W Y M E G H C C I T R I U I RABBITS ARE THE CUTEST INVASIVE SPECIES How to draw a rabbit in 6 steps.