Invasive species in Normal – unexpected learning
During a long round-trip between Normal and St. Louis, I stopped frequently to stretch my painful legs. At one such stop I studied an educational display about the ash borer insect, an invasive species that causes a lot of damage in Illinois.
A few days later MrsDoF and I were having breakfast at a restaurant near our home. I got to looking at a tree in front of the restaurant. Crown dieback? Check. Epicormic shoots? Check. Fissures? Check. Exit holes? Check. Sinuous excavations in the exposed wood? Check. There were a whole row of these trees. On the way home we rode through the gas station lot. They were selling firewood.
In Illinois we say; “DON’T MOVE FIREWOOD”. I don’t know if it was the vector for the bugs that destroyed these trees, but it could be. On the other hand, the diner is near the highway so a hell of a lot of pickup trucks and trailers come in and out.
Invasive species are a real problem of course – but I do enjoy that moment where you pick up some information and then see it line up with the real world. As Gregory House said; “Me, I just like knowing stuff.”