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Announcing the Winners of our Invasive Species Photo Contest!

By Melody Rose (melodyApril 21, 2012

We love our friendly little competitions here at Dave's Garden and our spring Invasive Species Contest serves two purposes. First, it is a fun way to start the growing season and show off some of our members' best images and second, we hope to raise awareness about invasive species. The winning images are stunning and it just goes to show that beauty is sometimes deceptive. Help us congratulate the winners and runners-up!

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Invasive species and non-native exotics are a concern to many of us. The invasives disrupt the normal ecosystem and take resources from native flora and fauna. Without natural checks and balances, they often reproduce at a rapid rate.  The indigenous species are often threatened. Non-natives and exotics may not endanger local species yet, but might become problematic in the future.

Our spring Invasive Species Photo Contest is an entertaining way for us to raise awareness and let some of our members exhibit their photography skills.

As usual, the winners (chosen by you, the membership) were lovely. We have some talented photographers among us and we appreciate that they decided to participate in this contest. Help us congratulate the winners and remember to file your invasive species images throughout the year, as the Third Annual contest will be early in the spring of 2013.

These are our four first place images. Click on the image to see the full-sized images and the runners-up. The runners-up were spectacular as well and we hope you'll help us applaud them as well.

Our next photo contest will be this autumn when we have our Third Annual Pixel County Fair. Here's a look at last year's winners.



First Place Invasive or Non-Native Birds

Kwanjin's Baby House Sparrows


First Place Invasive or Non-Native Bugs

Ginger749's Caterpillar


First Place Invasive or Non-Native Wildlife

DaylilySLP's Eastern Fox Squirrel


First Place Invasive or Non-Native Plants

Metrosideros' Angiopteris evecta fern


  About Melody Rose  
Melody RoseI come from a long line of Kentuckians who love the Good Earth. I love to learn about every living thing, and love to share what I've learned. Photography is one of my passions, and all of the images in my articles are my own, except where credited.

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