The Battle Against Invasive Species
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618756360, 48pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2008
There are 6,200 known invasive species in the United States, and scientists are scrambling to stop their unique paths of destruction, which can take a huge toll on regional economies and ecosystems. To effectively combat an invader, scientists must know the organism inside and out: What does it eat? How does it reproduce? What was its environment like in its native home? There are many questions, but just one right answer might yield a weakness in the enemy. In this entry in the Scientists in the Field series, Sneed B. Collard III introduces readers to some of the most brilliant minds, and promising advances, in the war against invasive species.
"This title is thoroughly researched and clearly written, and it provides suggestions for reader action and further investigation on the Internet."--Publishers Weekly
"The ants steal the show: super-close-up photos capture their swarming, maps sketch out their infestation, and a subsection details how the phorid fly actually emerges from the head of an ant. It's plenty gross and very exciting, but Collard makes sure readers realize it is not a laughing matter: invasive species cost us $137 billion annually, all the more reason for the back matter describing how readers can help the cause."--Booklist
"[Collard] shows how these endeavors just scratch the surface of a global problem and describes attempts by scientists and the government to try to prevent the transfer of species. The clear and helpful color photographs portray the scientists at work in field and laboratory settings, as well as the featured plants and animals. The final pages include steps readers can take to help fight invasive species and a call for more public funding to fight invaders."--Horn Book