Indiana's native fish and mammal species are a precious and vital part of our environment. Here you can explore and learn about the diversity, unique lifestyles, and environment of native wildlife that calls Indiana its home.
Native Indiana plants are best suited for the soil and weather conditions in our area. As a result, native plants require less fertilizer, fewer pesticides, and less water. Native plants are necessary for healthy wildlife populations and help prevent the spread of invasive, exotic species.
Invasive species, such as Asian bush honeysuckle or Canada thistle, are classified as those that have a competitive advantage over natives because they can grow rapidly, reproduce quickly, and adapt easily to a variety of habitat conditions.
Invasive wildlife species, like feral hogs and Asian carp, have made their way into Indiana habitats where they compete with valuable native species. Thanks to their ability to grow rapidly, reproduce quickly, and adapt easily to a variety of habitat conditions, these invaders are thriving.