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Parrot's Feather

A popular aquatic garden plant that spreads with water currents, animals, boats/trailers and fishing gear. Dense stands can stagnate water, and increase breeding grounds for mosquitoes learn more »

Zebra/Quagga Mussels

These tiny freshwater mussels clog drains, damage infrastructure, and are very costly to control/eradicate learn more »

Giant Hogweed

A towering toxic invasive plant with WorkSafe BC regulations learn more »

Purple Loosestrife

An aggressive wetland invader that threatens plant and animal diversity learn more »

Orange Hawkweed

Also yellow, these invasive plants replace native vegetation along roadsides, and threaten areas not yet reforested learn more »

Japanese Knotweed

Grows aggressively through concrete, impacting roads and house foundations learn more »

Spotted Knapweed

A single plant spreads rapidly with up to 140,000 seeds per square metre learn more »

Scotch Broom

An evergreen shrub that invades rangelands, replaces forage plants, causes allergies in people, and is a serious competitor to conifer seedlings learn more »


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: 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

One Bait, One Lake

Singer/Songwriter: Andrew Isham

The Ballad of Aquatic Invasive Species

Singer/Songwriter: Scott Gatzke