Asian carp are large, voracious plankton feeders that can quickly dominate aquatic ecosystems by gobbling up the same food that sustains native fish populations. They arrived in the United States in 1963 as part of an experiment to reduce nuisance vegetation without the use of toxic poisons. They are already overtaking and out-competing native fish in the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.
Could they be headed to the Kankakee River?
Are they already here?
This is your chance to learn more about this invasive species, sometimes known as the "jumping" fish. Nathan Evans, fish biologist from the US Fish and Wildlife service will discuss the history of the Asian carp invasion as well as current monitoring efforts conducted by the USFWS staff in the Illinois River.
Green Drinks is an international organization consisting of local groups who meet monthly to discuss sustainable living and important environmental topics. Meet-ups are held the third Tuesday of the month, usually at Brickstone Brewery in Bourbonnais. Come at 6 pm to hang out and get aquainted with folks who are interested in similar topics. The presentation begins at 6:30 pm. This is a free program and open to the public. Food and drinks are available for purchase.