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Invasive species exhibit opening at Connecticut River Museum

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ESSEX, CT (WFSB) -

A unique exhibit is coming to the Connecticut River Museum in Essex and opens to the public on Friday.

Chris Dobbs, of the Connecticut River Museum, is celebrating the opening of what they call “Invaders: They come by Air, Land, and Water.”

"This is a completely unique, very different exhibit particularly for the Connecticut River Museum, it's a fresh approach and it's exciting for us to be able to share it with the visitors,” Dobbs said.

The new exhibit takes a unique, and sometimes lighthearted, approach with some Channel 3 pretend newscasts, to focus on the threat from invasive plant and animal species in the region.

"From the air, we're very, very concerned about two beetles. The beetles have the potential to change the composition of our forests, they can kill a vast number of trees,” said Bill Yule, an environmental educator.

Yule is part of the exhibit that addresses several problems, like beetles, bittersweet and mitten crabs that are creeping toward the state.

While campy and creative, the exhibit also offers solutions.

"That's may be changing the way we plant things in our own backyard or it's early detection, or it's actually getting out there and being environmental advocates and getting involved in a local land trust,” Dobbs said.

The exhibit will be running until early October, with plans to then travel the state, visiting schools, nature centers and more.

"My concern is that we don't get the word out quickly enough so people can help us as citizens find the problem, identify the problem and do something about it,” Yule said.

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