What are invasive species?
Invasive species are non-native plants, animals, or pathogens that harm natural areas. They can cost millions of dollars to control and hinder outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking and birding. Aquatic invaders such as silver carp pose a major ecological and safety threat to Illinois waterways.
What you can do
Invasive species are often impossible to eradicate, but preventing their spread is a simple and cost-effective way to limit their impacts. Be A Hero by joining the more than 90% of Illinois outdoor enthusiasts already fighting the spread of invaders. Find the community you identify with to learn about how you can help protect our natural areas and economies.
about the be a hero campaign
The Be A Hero campaign provides tools and educational resources for recreational water users, terrestrial recreationists, and organisms-in-trade hobbyists to prevent the spread of invasive species. Individuals and organizations concerned about invasive species are encouraged to learn how to become a campaign partner and help spread the word to these communities.