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Research shows music can influence how people respond to messages, influencing memory and recall, emotion, information processing, attitudes, and even behavior. To explore how music can help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, Environmental Communication Specialist for the University of Wisconsin Extension and Assistant Professor in the Department of Life Sciences Communication, Bret Shaw, worked with a group of singer/songwriters to produce these songs to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species in Wisconsin and beyond. 

These songs have been vetted by natural resource professionals to assure they are scientifically accurate and recommendations are consistent with current laws in Wisconsin. Listen to these songs and share with others to promote simple behaviors that can protect the quality of lakes and rivers for future generations.

For questions about this project, please contact Bret Shaw, UW Extension Environmental Communication Specialist at: brshaw@wisc.edu. Visit the Preventing the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species: Music with a Message website for song lyrics and songwriter profiles. 

Clean Boats, Clean Waters

Singer/Songwriter:James T. Spartz

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One Bait, One Lake

Singer/Songwriter: Andrew Isham

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The Ballad of Aquatic Invasive Species

Singer/Songwriter: Scott Gatzke

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