In Lookin' At It: A Nature Show, three self-proclaimed nature nerds document their enjoyment of the local outdoors with a quirky, comedic twist.
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
The Lookin' at it crew brings you this PSA about the dangers of Phragmites australis.
The Lookin’ at it crew would like to talk to you today about a problem; one so big that it has become an issue for every American. That problem is Phragmites australis. Sometimes called the common reed, Phragmites is an invasive grass that is found haunting all of the lower 48 and Hawaii (Alaska lucks out on this one), and it directly and collectively effects each and every one of us.
Invasive species are one of the biggest threats to biodiversity, second only to habitat destruction. Phragmites likes to get its feet wet and thus enjoys crowding into our wetlands and displacing all of our native vegetation. Why should you care? Well, wetlands happen to be some of the most important habitats on planet Earth. They filter our water, removing harmful and even deadly toxins, they store water during droughts, they act as sponges by soaking up waters and helping reduce flood damage and they drive some of the worlds most successful fisheries. On top of us plowing over a fair majority of them, the remaining wetlands are now faced with the Phragmites issue.