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Invasive, Alien And Non-Native: A Look At How Natural Species Affect Our Environment

When you're talking about wildlife; invasive, alien and non-native mean very different things. On this edition of Up To Date, we discuss the effects native and non-native species have on our environment. 


  • Fred Pearce is a journalist and the author of The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature's Salvation.
  • Larry Rizzo is a natural history biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation in Kansas City.
  • Ryan Armbrust is a forest health & conservation forester at the Kansas Forest Service. 


Slow news days are a thing of the past. As KCUR’s news director, I want to cut through the noise, provide context to the headlines, and give you news you can use in your daily life – information that will empower you to make informed decisions about your neighborhood, your city and the region. Email me at lisa@kcur.org or follow me on Twitter @larodrig.