Great Lakes SmackDown! Terrestrial Terror
By Alice Rossignol and Rachael Gleason
Welcome to the Great Lakes SmackDown! Terrestrial Terror
Which terrestrial invasive species is the most ecologically destructive to the Great Lakes region? We want you to tell us. We’ll follow the NCAA tournament and pit 16 of the most formidable terrestrial invasive species against each other in “land brawls.” We also threw in a few aquatic wildcard species.
We’ll ask biologists, resource managers, invasive species experts and Echo readers to weigh in on each battle. Fill out a bracket, vote in polls and make sure you discuss and root for your favorite (or most disliked) contender.
They may be exotic losers but that doesn’t mean they can’t be winners in the SmackDown!
Week of March 1
Week of March 14 – March 18
March 14 — Official Introduction
March 14 — Round 1: Bird Battles
March 15 — Round 1: Insect wars
March 16 — Round 1: Plant peril
March 17 — Round 1: Miscellaneous mayhem
Week of March 21 – March 25
Week of March 28 — April 1
Week of April 4 — April 8
April 6 — Terrestrial Terror: Final land brawl
Week of April 11 — April 14