Category Archive: Adventures

Jan 20

White Mulberry Bonsai

This fall Rachel Gentile researched bonsai tree art and found out that bonsais can be made from virtually any tree species! She’s been working on an invasive species bonsai tree for the past few months, and couldn’t wait any longer to share it with you.  A bonsai is a miniature planting in a small container …

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Apr 29

Eating Bugs in the Philippines

June Beetles. Photo Credit: Karen Uy

Each year in Batangas, Philippines, a festival is held to help eradicate a major crop pest.  Guest contributor Karen Uy describes the festival, which centers on a cooking contest with a unique featured ingredient: June beetles (Leucopholis irrorata), or as locals call them, salagubang.   I was first introduced to this insect as a young …

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Sep 25

Autumn Olive Picking

Autumn olive

“High-fives for everyone, every day below freezing” The weather is taking the start of Fall very seriously in northern Indiana.  Autumn has been creeping in slowly, almost unnoticed.  Afternoons are still warm and bright, but backyard campfire smoke sneaks along with couples on an evening walk, and a chill floats through an open bedroom window …

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Aug 20

An Invasive Feast in Three Courses

Wild boar meatballs

Guest contributor Dr. Christopher Patrick recently enjoyed dinner at Alewife Baltimore where Chef Chad Wells is working to educate people to eat local and eat invasive.  Here, Chris reviews the meal in 3 courses, interspersed with an interview with the Chef himself. First Course: Wild Boar Meatballs Chef Chad tells us that feral pigs have …

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Aug 09

Invasivore Goes Redneck

A trailer full of Asian carp at the Redneck Fishing Tournament

“Tons of fun!  Tons of fish!”  That has been my response when people ask me about my experience at the Redneck Fishing Tournament last weekend.  The Redneck Fishing Tournament has become an annual tradition in the small town of Bath, Illinois.  In the tournament, teams compete to see who can collect the most invasive Asian …

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