Silent Invaders, a new four-episode series dedicated to winning the war on invasive species, debuts Sunday, December 5 at 7 a.m. EST on Versus, and airs weekly throughout December.
Produced by the North American Fishing Club (NAFC) in partnership with Wildlife Forever, Silent Invaders identifies the most harmful invasive species in the Great Lakes region and nationally, and shares the biological, social and economic impacts of their presence. The series also focuses on control methods now in place or in development. It takes the viewer to the front lines in the battle to stop invasive species.
“Anglers, hunters and boaters have been rallying to the call to join the fight against invasive species through the national Threat Campaign™,” said Doug Grann, President & CEO of Wildlife Forever and show host. “I am amazed and proud of this partnership and thrilled with the new television series, Silent Invaders.”
“Silent Invaders is the first series of its kind and its role is simple…to educate boaters and anglers on the most problematic invasive species so they can become involved in this high stakes battle,” said Steve Pennaz, Executive Director of NAFC and Executive Producer of the program. “Anglers and boaters have seen the devastating impact of invasive species and are interested in becoming involved in the fight to control them. Empowering this conservation army of millions is key to winning this battle.”
Each episode of Silent Invaders will focus on a specific species like sea lamprey, the emphasis of episode one. Other episodes will cover Asian Carp, Zebra/Quagga mussels and Round Gobies. Terrestrial species will be a focus in 2011.
“The people I met while building this series are remarkable,” said Jeff Breitenstein, Lead Producer of Silent Invaders. “Most have dedicated their careers to controlling these invaders and I’m thrilled to be able to share what they’ve learned with the American public.”
Silent Invaders is funded in part by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and is the newest “weapon” in Wildlife Forever’s Threat Campaign™, which includes an arsenal of media to promote public awareness, education and action as a means to stop the spread of invasive species.
To learn more about Silent Invaders and the Threat Campaign™, visit Invasive Species Central on the Wildlife Forever website: wildlifeforever.org.
Pat Conzemius, Wildlife Forever (763-253-0222)