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Purple Loosestrife Volunteers

People living at many latitudes in North America, Eurasia, and Australia are volunteering to help assess purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) in their regions. The program is part of Dr. Beth Middleton's project to compare the role of purple loosestrife in its native and invasive habitats. Purple loosestrife is native to Eurasia but invaded northern North America after accidental introduction in the 1800s. This species may be reducing the value of infested wetlands for wildlife, although this claim is debated. The results of the study will help in efforts to control and predict the future spread of this species. Growing numbers of people are volunteering to help in Australia, Canada, Turkey, and the United States. The data measurements include documenting details about your site location, measuring the height and numbers of loosestrife, and making a few environmental observations.

Project URL: http://www.nwrc.usgs.gov/special/purplel/

Geographic Scope: United States, Australia, Canada, Turkey

Status: Hiatus or on hold

Recruiting Volunteers: Yes, this project is recruiting

Participation Tasks: Classification or tagging, Identification, Learning, Measurement, Observation, Photography, Site selection and/or description, Specimen/sample collection,

Start Date:

Project Contact: middletonb@usgs.gov

Federal Government Sponsor:

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Other Federal Government Sponsor:

Name of Nonfederal Sponsors: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore; Idea Wild, Turkish Consulate General, Southern Illinois University

Project Topic: Ecology and environment, Nature and outdoors,

Intended Outcomes: Programmatic, Research development, Civic and community, Individual learning, Conservation,