Reporting invasive terrestrial animal and plants

We are working to keep invasive species out of Minnesota. Reports from citizens of invasives species help us to respond rapidly and control invasives before they spread into new areas. Select from the tabs below to report invasive species you have found.

 

Reporting instructions

  • Animals

  • Plants

Check photos and description on the early detection key species and invasive species webpages to help narrow the possibilities for animal identity. Be sure to include notes about site location and description, population size and control actions taken, if any.

Not sure what you have?

1. Map it

  • Note where you found the species (city, street, mark on a map). If you have a GPS unit, you could take GPS coordinates.

2. Take photos or make a collection

  • If you have a digital camera, take photos of the species and the damage being caused.
    • For insects- collect a sample. You can kill the insect by placing it in a zip lock bag and freezing it. You can then take photos of the insect that can be sent in for identification. Retain the specimen in case it is needed to confirm identification. Label with specific location, date, your name.
    • For vertebrate animals (mute swans, Eurasian swine, etc.)- take photos if possible.

3. Identification

4. Report It

Check photos and descriptions on the early detection key species and invasive species webpages to help narrow the possibilities for plant identity. Be sure to include notes about site location and description, population size and control actions taken, if any.

Not sure what you have?

1. Map it

  • Note where you found the plant (mark on a map, note which roads, if you have a GPS unit, you could take GPS coordinates).

2. Take photos or make a collection

  • If you have a digital camera, take photos of the plants. Include close-ups of the leaves, their attachment to the stem, and any flowering structures that might be present.

Be aware that some invasive and native plants have thorns, caustic sap, or are poisonous. If you touch an unknown plant, wear gloves and avoid any contact with your skin to keep yourself safe.

3. Identification

4. Report it

  • Minnesota Department of Agriculture Terrestrial Invasive Plants Early Detection Targets contact "Arrest the Pest" at 651-201-6684 (metro), 1-888-545-6684 (toll free) or arrest.the.pest@state.mn.us.
  • Other early detection species or unknown species contact Laura Van Riper, DNR, 651-259-5090.
  • If you are concerned about enforcement of the Noxious Weed Law (Minnesota Department of Agriculture), contact the County Agricultural Inspector in your area.
  • If the species is not one of the early detection target as noted above, but you are interested in sharing its location, we encourage you to report it to the Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System - EDDMaps. This site has distribution maps of ~300 invasive plant species in Minnesota. You create an account, upload the location of species, and upload photos and other information. Your information is then publicly accessible.

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