Category Archive: Guest Contributions

Jul 13

Tao Orion reflects on her new book, Beyond the War on Invasive Species

We asked Tao Orion, the author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem Restoration to tell us a little bit about her new book. We’ll provide our own review in the future, but here’s what she has to say! Beyond the War on Invasive Species: A Permaculture Approach to Ecosystem …

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Jun 24

Managing invasive plants in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness

forest of invasives

This post was contributed by Emily Zefferman, Research Associate in Urban Ecological Restoration at the University of Tennessee, and a 2014 PhD graduate from the University of California Davis Graduate Group in Ecology. Urban forests and greenways are increasingly-valued oases in cities across the United States and globally. These areas offer recreational opportunities to city …

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Sep 08

Sometimes a net is mightier than a fork!

This post is a guest contribution from Sean Ryan and Meredeth Doellman of The Pieris Project. Read on to see how you can become involved with some exciting citizen science! has had fun developing novel ways to engage the public with invasive species, but what do you do with those invasives that aren’t so …

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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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May 06

Recipe: Adobong Salagubang (Adobo-Style June Bugs)

Guest contributor Karen Uy shares a recipe for a popular Filipino snack food best enjoyed while indulging in your favorite beer. Ingredients 2 lbs. June beetles 1 cup vinegar (recommended: sugarcane vinegar) 3 heads of garlic 1 tsp. whole peppercorn ½ cup of soy sauce Directions Soak beetles in salt water overnight in refrigerator. Drain. …

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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 27

Recipe: Autumn Olive Jam

Autumn olive jam on the stove, nearing completion!

Today’s recipe comes from guest contributor Rachel Hesselink.  As an undergraduate at Calvin College, Rachel studied the competitiveness of  invasive autumn olive in Michigan.  Now a graduate student at the University of Notre Dame, Rachel studies the impacts of global change on salt marsh ecosystems. Ingredients Approximately 3 cups fresh autumn olives (berries) 3 Tbsp pectin 2.5 …

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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 16

Species Profile: Blue Catfish


Today’s post was contributed by Dr. Christopher Patrick, an ecologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. These fish fight hard, and the small ones (5-20 lbs) taste great!  For this reason they were introduced into lakes, reservoirs, and river around the United States during the 20th century and have become a controversial invasive presence.  The blue …

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Jun 21

Guest Post: Honeysuckle Tea

Robb from Boise tries to brew some honeysuckle tea

  Robb from Boise gave Japanese honeysuckle a try.  You’ll recall our line of awesome honeysuckle mixed drinks a while back.  He helped us realize we forget to mention something important about brewing it: don’t brew in hot water!  Here’s his story:       1.  Find nice selection of blossoms. 2.  Pick enough to …

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