In case you wanted more reasons to NOT like Cannon AFB, this is what we woke up too.
To be fair, I think that’s because we live on the outskirts of the town and surrounded by empty fields. It doesn’t change the fact that there are snow/tumbleweed plowers going around and clearing out the roads. I wish they would do the same with the area around my cars!
The tumbleweed, which originates from Russia and northern Asia, is one of the most successful examples of invasive plants due in large part to its “tumbling” characteristic which allows its seeds to spread rapidly, says Edith Allen, professor of plant ecology at UC Riverside.
Tumbleweeds outcompete the native species for food and habitats, which can lead to their extinction and a loss of biodiversity. They also cause more wild fires and soil erosion, which can lead to desertification.
That said, not all non-native species are invasive, according to Allen. To be classified as invasive, a species must become very abundant where it colonizes, replacing the native species and causing damage to the ecosystem where it has been introduced.
Watch how it happens in “The Good, the Bad and the Tumbleweed”: