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So I need to start off by giving credit where credit is due, the idea behind this topic came from my good friend Steve Shults. He even came up with an impressive list of actual moveis that deal with the subject of invasive species. I'll likely use that list sometime in the near future to come up with a post of real invasive species movies. For now, in this first section we are focusing on educational posters, drawings, etc. that highlight invaders as part of fictional movie posters. This is a match made in heaven. Movie posters are sensational pieces of advertising. Meant to grab your attention and make you NEED to see that movie, these posters are often over the top, splashy, and packed with action and cool word art! Similarly, invasive species educational efforts often use sensationalism to make you pay attention to that species and feel you NEED to kill that invader! So naturally, this theme is just right for adding to our slogan series.
"Invader from the Black Lagoon"
h/t Michael Keys
|If any place deserves this cool of an invasive poster, it is St. Mark's NWR!|
"Invasion of the Flying Fish"
|Why is she so scared if the fish is jumping away from her?|
"Attack of the 6.5 mm Flowers"
|Cheesy? Yes, but that's the attraction!|
The Alien Plant Working Group, under the Plant Conservation Alliance and the National Park Service, is one of the originators of creating funny, over-the-top educational material about invasive species. For quite a few years they produced invasive species calendars, with each year having a different quirky theme. One year (2008 I believe) the calendar spoofed movie posters. With so many to choose from (roughly 12 since it was a calendar!), I had a hard time settling in on this one of the invasive forget-me-not! Keep an eye out for this plant; though you may have to look hard, afterall it is only 6.5 mm.
"Lionfish: the Pirate of the Carribbean"
|Venomous spines and now swords! That is one gnarly pirate!|
h/t Lori Taylor
Changing gears here from invasive species in movies to getting people to stop moving invasive species. We all know that prevention is the cheapest, easiest, and most successful method of invasive species management; so it should come as no surprise that many educational slogans focus on getting people to stop moving these things around! We are all guilty of forgetting to clean our boots or not getting every piece of milfoil that's hanging off of our boat trailer. I am ashamed to say that I have been responsible for introducing several bad invaders onto my land through carelessness or simple laziness. At least I can also say that I am responsible for eradicating several of these same bad invaders from my land that were introduced by some careless and lazy oaf (not mentioning any names).
"Blow the Whistle on Canada Thistle"
h/t Amy Ferriter
|PlayCleanGo.org - a great resource for clever slogans and art!|
Here's another one from the Play Clean Go portfolio, this time from Idaho (h/t Amy Ferriter)
|There's that yellow star-thistle rearing its ugly head again.|
Boots, Boots, and more Boots
Boots are a unviersal piece of equipment for outdoor recreationists and definitely serve as the vehicle for many-a-wandering invader looking to hang its hat elsewhere. As such, the boots (or actually their owners) are the target of intensive outreach efforts to get people to clean those clod-hoppers once in a while!
I've found a ton of boot-related invasive species slogans and material. Here is just a smattering:
"Clean Drain Dry Your Gear"
|Based upon the number of educational material produced, Idaho really does not want you to move invasive species around|
The above one is another example of Idaho's great educational material. Wading boots can move aquatic species around, especially if those boots have felt soles. I've had the privledge of spending some time in Idaho in the past and I really love the state. However, I must say that the last time I drove through there I got a speeding ticket (unjustly I feel, Darn you tourist speed trap!), so that left a bad taste in my mouth for the state. Instead of thinking of the beautiful mountains and lovely forests when I hear about Idaho, now all I can think of is the $45 I had to mail in! So please do visit the great state of Idaho, just slow down a bit when you are coming into Coeur d'Alene.
"Look Before You Leave"
|Those little knotweeds sure do look happy!|
**UPDATE: I was contacted by OIPC with further information on their "Look Before You Leave" Cartoons. These are the work of the artist Maureen Shelleau from Off the Dock Cartoons (http://www.offthedocktoons.
"Stop Invasive Species in Your Tracks: Give Invasive Species the Brush Off"
|This dog looks very concerned about the state of those hiking boots. |
I wonder if you can train dogs to sniff out garlic mustard seeds?
I'm Getting in on the Act
|Hey, I recognize that boot!|
"Squeal on Pigs"
h/t Shawna Bautista
|Call the 'Swine Line'!|
"Malicious but Delicious"
h/t Karen Tharp
|Now this is my type of invasive species control!|
"Carpy-Swine or Swiny-carp"
|You can't believe what modern science can do these days|
I was forwarded this by several other people so I am not sure who I should rightfully acknowledge as my source, but if you deal with aquatic invasive species, you'll likely get this in your inbox sometime soon as well.
These slogan posts were originally intended to be a three-part series. However, I've had so much fun writing these and have gotten so many great slogans and pictures sent to me that we just keep going. This was our sixth post. I'm definitely planning on continuing this series, so look for another slogan post in a few months. As always, if you see something that you think would be good to include, send it to me at email@example.com.
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