Invasive plants can rob migratory birds of nutrition needed to cross Gulf of Mexico

kkbrasted | November 8, 2010 | Invasive plants out-compete the native plants for resources like sunlight, moisture in the soil, and space. The invasive plants, particularly Chinese Tallow and Chinese Privet, are fast growing. When you have a disturbed habitat, like that occurring following a hurricane, the invasive species move in and out-compete the natives. The entire northern gulf coast is critical stop-over habitat for migratory birds. Millions of birds migrate across the gulf coast every fall. They return in the spring. The birds tend to eat the Chinese Tallow seeds but do not provide the nutritional value the birds need to sustain themselves across the gulf in their travels. At the height of spring migration as many as 20 million birds can cross the gulf in one day. These coastal forests are critically important to provide re-fueling areas for migratory birds.
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