This monster plant is trying to take over. What if we let it?


  1. Verge Science

    Verge Science4 หลายเดือนก่อน

    This is a really tough question, but…how do we decide which species we fight to save (or fight to eradicate)? And which do we just let go?

  2. Rehab. Halim

    Rehab. Halim4 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Verge Science I live in the middle of SF. I got a 1/4 acre of land. It’s like being on a farm ! Because of all the vegitation i have to deal with.

  3. Bruce Liu

    Bruce Liu7 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I don't see the pros or cons of doing anything.

  4. Ashlyn Wanderer

    Ashlyn Wanderer15 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Nick Combs until a mild arrives that simply lives that grass... remember the Irish Potato famine?

  5. Ashlyn Wanderer

    Ashlyn Wanderer15 วันที่ผ่านมา

    James Flames animals die without plants

  6. Taichi Kamiya

    Taichi Kamiya28 วันที่ผ่านมา

    I think of Kinda doing zones that has the Hybrid and the native, 95% or a bit more of native and a Hybrid zone where both species cannot cross due to the ground either being not its type or maybe another species that can be like huge walls of defense, tho I think they would need to test in a small area in a controlled area before testing it in the actual area

  7. Rehab. Halim

    Rehab. Halim4 วันที่ผ่านมา

    This is the worst freaking grass around !! I have 1/4 acre in SF! In the city. I feel like I’m on a FARM ! I

  8. Adam Brown

    Adam Brown6 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Hay, what has the pepper called?

  9. shannu j

    shannu j7 วันที่ผ่านมา

    playing god fails disastrously every time.

  10. Kew Akl

    Kew Akl8 วันที่ผ่านมา

    @7:34 "He makes a note to come back and kill it next month." Hmm, not important enough today, maybe?

  11. Matt Greenland

    Matt Greenland14 วันที่ผ่านมา

    The morning footage looks awesome!

  12. Abhaya Premawardena

    Abhaya Premawardena18 วันที่ผ่านมา


  13. Strength of the Wild

    Strength of the Wild19 วันที่ผ่านมา

    When are humans going to learn that bringing in invasive species NEVER works out? You'd think we'd know, being THE most invasive species in history. They mention a monoculture of species, which is exactly what humans are doing. We're spreading so much and forcing other species to extinction, EXACTLY like an invasive species does. In time, nature will adapt to many invasive species and the ecosystem shifts, some species live, others die. But humans spread so quickly that nature can't keep up. Instead of an ecosystem adapting and shifting, it's at risk of collapsing all together, which in the long term would spell death for the humans that depend on that ecosystem.

  14. Andrei Baltatu

    Andrei Baltatu20 วันที่ผ่านมา

    This look like Samurai Jack's Aku's invasion, scary.

  15. Baelor

    Baelor22 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Just build a wall

  16. Adrian Gahinsah

    Adrian Gahinsah22 วันที่ผ่านมา

    For me it just a grass..

  17. Muzaffar Krylov

    Muzaffar Krylov26 วันที่ผ่านมา

    *Moral of the story- it's very difficult if not impossible for humans to solve even the smallest problem without creating more problems in the process.* *Yay...*

  18. Keltor Rochridge

    Keltor Rochridge29 วันที่ผ่านมา

    Imagine if there was a species back in the day that was as focused on conservation as humans are right now. Just like frantically running around... Oh no volcanoes! Oh no the atmosphere's changing! Oh no it's getting hotter! Oh no everything is freezing! This is bad! This is bad! This is bad! And if they had hypothetically succeeded, we wouldn't exist.

  19. Joshua Nel

    Joshua Nelหลายเดือนก่อน

    Seriously? Poisoning the water? damn idiots they'll kill everything

  20. wade5941


    Turn it all over to US Fish and Wildlife. They can fix anything.

  21. eldrid trinidad

    eldrid trinidadหลายเดือนก่อน

    you should embrace it rather than becoming deserted, lots of fertile land across the globe slowly becoming dry and deserting, your soil means getting healthier, better to stop them at the perimeter and let it grow at the main areas.

  22. BetterYouBetterWorld V

    BetterYouBetterWorld Vหลายเดือนก่อน

    another thing matey, tell them if they want to get rid of the first layer of land regeneration aka grass.. they need to jump start it directly into a forest with fungal dominated soils so plant trees and cover with wood chips, its how life works, these city slickers need to learn to contact earthlings and earth stewards so they dont just keep making things worse

  23. BetterYouBetterWorld V

    BetterYouBetterWorld Vหลายเดือนก่อน

    tell em to contact Geoff Lawton or a teacher from the permaculture community, good luck mate

  24. Music Lover

    Music Loverหลายเดือนก่อน

    Humans changed the ecosystem and there is no turning it back, part of that is the ability of native species to survive. That's a hard truth and trying to save one species over the rest is a waste of time and money.

  25. alwaleed hamad

    alwaleed hamadหลายเดือนก่อน

    This video helped me sleep, thanks!

  26. karrskarr


    Why the ridiculous music-Grab a brain!

  27. Joegrizzly


    this is spartina!

  28. arthroxon nö

    arthroxon nöหลายเดือนก่อน

    I guess some people are just bored

  29. Tusk


    Why not just make the shore birds live else where or tranfer the rail and the hybrid plant into some big biodome or somethin

  30. Ideoform Sun

    Ideoform Sunหลายเดือนก่อน

    I wonder if the new grass is edible. It needs something that eats it.

  31. AmericanRelic2hear


    The plants are healthy and the birds are happy and safe. The humans are spending time and money to stop that. Lol!

  32. sharon r bower

    sharon r bowerหลายเดือนก่อน

    So there are only spartina and rails residing together? Then just what are the rails eating ??? I am betting that there are other birds in the spartina beside rails. And that there is much more wildlife that is benefiting from the spartina. At best this group of activists is expressing a very narrow focus on rails and spartina.

  33. Pro Toss

    Pro Tossหลายเดือนก่อน


  34. Lewis Moore

    Lewis Mooreหลายเดือนก่อน

    So keep some, control the rest

  35. Lysol !

    Lysol !หลายเดือนก่อน

    This bullshit sounds like a created problem so they can provide a solution, and the problem isnt the invasive plant, the problem is they NOW have to remove the invasive plant for some made up money grabbing reason...

  36. Bruce Hart

    Bruce Hartหลายเดือนก่อน

    Just harvested and turn it into fertilizer

  37. Bruce Hart

    Bruce Hartหลายเดือนก่อน

    We should just mind our own business and let nature take it's course

  38. April O

    April Oหลายเดือนก่อน

    Just put grass eating animals.. solve.. we have those here in PH.. It keeps the land healthy and regenerate... we have our ecosystem naturally because of those plants.. good for raising animals like goat, cow, carabao and other plant eating animals.. it will not kill animals believe me instead it will increase the animals.. esp the birds migrating.. and it will also invite beetles, insects, grasshoppers, butterfly and bees to balance.. mother nature knows what to do to your dying land..

  39. Misaka Mikoto

    Misaka Mikotoหลายเดือนก่อน

    A video about nothing

  40. Michael Holman

    Michael Holmanหลายเดือนก่อน

    Take the Spartina and let it grow on an island that the Rails can live on. BOOM! Problem solved!

  41. Genna Ross

    Genna Rossหลายเดือนก่อน

    pull out all the grass and let silicon valley sink into the mud

  42. Gabriel


    Sell it at IKEA. I want some around my house to spruce it up a bit and maybe eat some house guests or something.

  43. Shahidh Ilhan

    Shahidh Ilhanหลายเดือนก่อน

    *plants vs humans*

  44. M. Clayton

    M. Claytonหลายเดือนก่อน

    How bout, mind your dam business🤓

  45. fenrirgg


    Just leave nature alone to do its thing, damn.

  46. Rasheed Mohammed

    Rasheed Mohammedหลายเดือนก่อน

    But then again it’s humans we are talking about

  47. Bruh


    Solution: leave it the hell alone. There ya go

  48. YeOldeScience


    Right. So the world will end from being taken over by mutant zombie grass. Didn't see that one coming.

  49. Silver Cloud Transportation

    Silver Cloud Transportationหลายเดือนก่อน

    "This is Spartina" hailed the 300

  50. EricZ Khan

    EricZ Khanหลายเดือนก่อน

    Oof :\

  51. Jeffrey D

    Jeffrey Dหลายเดือนก่อน

    I watched this? My god, I think I just finished the internet

  52. jamit2u


    Can’t a drunk illegal go for a drive and run them over?

  53. Star Lord

    Star Lordหลายเดือนก่อน

    The verge becoming the vice and vice becoming buzzfeed

  54. Levi Smith

    Levi Smithหลายเดือนก่อน

    But what harm besides to other grass species is the hybrid grass doing this was not addressed at all they said that the hybrid would wipe out 100’s of species but they didn’t talk about any besides what it’s saving all they mentioned was birds not being able to land on mud flats but the birds can fly so this wouldn’t totally wipe them out unlike the bird the hybrid is saving

  55. Davros Darlek

    Davros Darlekหลายเดือนก่อน

    I'm confused, why can't the rails go back to the original grass?

  56. Sinan Cingoz

    Sinan Cingozหลายเดือนก่อน

    That's what I've always said but when I say it's not credible lol

  57. KTMs 1

    KTMs 12 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Lol love this guy, we just need more time and money. The famous last words of every good liberal society to succeed.

  58. Abraham Shekelbergstien

    Abraham Shekelbergstien2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    This is why I hate people who cry about global warming ... they are the same ones destroying the environment in every way imaginable and then tell it’s everyone’s fault for using gasoline

  59. Bill Chang

    Bill Chang2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    I can see how the midas can rage race war too .by minapulate our minds .

  60. Daniel Whyatt

    Daniel Whyatt2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    For once, an actually intellectual video about to nature of invasive species.

  61. frank facts

    frank facts2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    developers and the army corps of engineers are the most dangerous invasive species

  62. Serai3

    Serai32 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Jesus, we will just NEVER stop meddling. No matter what, we have to stick our noses in and impose what we think is right. Why not let the PLANET deal with the problem? Why not trust the EARTH to be able to heal herself? Man, talk about arrogance.

  63. Jumpy Cat

    Jumpy Cat2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    "Attack... _of the 50-foot Monster Plant!"_ Coming to a theatre near you! (Check your local cinema for showtimes)

  64. Charles Roberts

    Charles Roberts2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    great idea spray herbicide to "help" the environment awesome

  65. Stephen Esack

    Stephen Esack2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    What is that yellow jacket I need it

  66. Veera Moorthy

    Veera Moorthy2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    bio scientists created this just like AIDS ask them dont do natural development drama

  67. Feenita charles

    Feenita charles2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    then won't the new species of grass go extinct

  68. TheKingOfDale

    TheKingOfDale2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    believe it or not that is not allowed

  69. Ad Mirer

    Ad Mirer2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Interesting-not all invasive species become established-many die off. About 25 years ago, on cape Cod, i noticed tumbleweeds, there were never very many of them, and I never read anything on how they came (probably by truck in some bulk cargo). I saw them for a few years, and then no more.

  70. D R

    D R2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Winding back the clock. Setting nature right. Controlling unintended consequences without unintended consequences. Hubris.

  71. Galaxis

    Galaxis2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    But, the rails used to live in the native grass and they converted 95% back to native grass; so, why is it that they can now only live in the spartina? They didn't explain that. I guess it is beside the point.

  72. En' Peacee Shekelstein

    En' Peacee Shekelstein2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    This is the perfect analogy for what California politics is doing to the entire nation.

  73. Bas Lan

    Bas Lan2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    What monster plant ?

  74. ianbernardoful

    ianbernardoful2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    That guy Toby is a total moron... “feasible” is for you to have never have dug your fingers where you weren’t invited

  75. Sandeep Sangha

    Sandeep Sangha2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Need new immigration laws, or build a wall and make rails/spartina pay for it, maybe it wont have happened if spartina had guns. or increase import duty on rails - Go Trump figure that out. PS: Democrats - Rails are meddling in our election & have undertaken biological warfare against us. Republicans - Spartina are going to meddle in our future elections, and are targeting my base constituents.

  76. Fabulous Sparkly Vampire Wizard

    Fabulous Sparkly Vampire Wizard2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    When will humans learn that sometimes the best thing to do, is nothing at all?

  77. Fire Nation Files

    Fire Nation Files2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    *This. Is. SPARTA!!!*

  78. Stefan F.

    Stefan F.2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    The birds will adapt to the new environment, let it grow.

  79. First Last

    First Last2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Interesting that the liberals worried about preserving plant and animal species as they are are probably the same people who want open borders and couldn't care less about preserving American society as it is

  80. ayyy

    ayyy2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    First Last preserving American society.. which was built off of immigrants and supported immigrants, I think your issue here is preserving the white race (which is still thriving you’re just a racist)

  81. Mario Power

    Mario Power2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Build the wall! :)

  82. Recluse

    Recluse2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    What if we took the plants, and pushed them somewhere else?

  83. San Francisco

    San Francisco2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    If the Rails formerly lived within the native grass/marsh area then why can't they transition back as the Hybrid Spartina is slowly reduced ? Wait and see if they do move between both environments. Man's encroachment needs to be halted in the area. Screw all these social media companies. I'm with the Prime Directive here.

  84. theldun1

    theldun12 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Toby and Jin are fools tilting at windmills.


    GOLDEN EYE TV2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    This is what you get when you mess with mother Nature. When will mankind ever learn?

  86. Nellyontheland

    Nellyontheland2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    We save to the point where we messed it up. Boo hoo for the birds.

  87. L O

    L O2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    So my tax money goes to that kind a stupido stuff? Non if the animals and plans live milion years ago are not here because certain species go extinct and new species rise up and so on. Use your brain pple. 1000 years from now its a completely different eco system on that area so stop wasting my money

  88. adsilcott

    adsilcott2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    I don't understand Mark Davis's argument here. While nature does change, it tends to increase in diversity on its own, and rarely changes into a mono-culture. But that's something that human interference causes over and over, as invasive species often have an unfair advantage in throwing off the preexisting balance of a system. That seems like a really clear distinction, and there are dozens of examples of devastating effects of species introduction throughout history.

  89. Daniel Villalba

    Daniel Villalba2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Another humanity mistake, and this one can't be reverted.

  90. Alan G

    Alan G2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    This story reminds me of the cane frog imported into australia to eat the bugs attacking the sugar cane crop. Sadly , the bugs eating sugar cane were high above the frogs, so these frogs ran from the designated food source to find food they could actually reach. In term of future projects, this grass looks really useful for stabilizing mud flats. Why not let the spartica grass advance over the mud flat , and eradicate it on the reclaimed land behind it? The piper will follow the new growth as the old growth is burned behind them. At this stage the invasive species is a monster, but it is not airborne. (yet?) I mean do you have to consider this stuff as a threat to take over the entire west coast, like the cane frog did to eastern australia? There are pictures of cane frogs lodged in the mouths of snakes with their last meal poisoning them to death.

  91. Terry Ambrogio

    Terry Ambrogio2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    must have some good drugs to want to worry about grass like that

  92. BRAVOZULU DWEST boathouse

    BRAVOZULU DWEST boathouse2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    worried about invasive species then DUMPS herbicide on/close to A waterway pretty sure a violation of FEDERAL LAW

  93. BRAVOZULU DWEST boathouse

    BRAVOZULU DWEST boathouse2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    the problems of 1st world people OH THE OPPRESSION the suffering think of the children!!!!

  94. BRAVOZULU DWEST boathouse

    BRAVOZULU DWEST boathouse2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    those birds should be banned put cats oy there to eat the birds

  95. Norin Radd

    Norin Radd2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Ah you just go bulldoze the whole thing out, throw some trash on it... and make it where we can "legally" send our e-waste instead of sending virtually all of it to 3rd world countries and poisoning their ecosystems. We can poison our own for a change. Then we'll see how many iphones people buy every year. Newer faster better.. trash planet go!!!

  96. Roger VANLEEUWEN

    Roger VANLEEUWEN2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Leave it alone .

  97. Thomas Busse

    Thomas Busse2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    No More Traces on a Rhodian Shore

  98. Thomas Busse

    Thomas Busse2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Indigenous Spartina Day is racist

  99. Thomas Busse

    Thomas Busse2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Let’s raise taxes spend money on conservation experts in a CEQA lawsuit to analyze locally preferred alternative impacts and then restore the other expert’s work on self-eating environmental snakes.

  100. Nicholas

    Nicholas2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    But.... why did they harvest salt from the flats in the first place, or at least so much, when the ocean is right there?? The government should have restricted that like I know sea salt is different and I'm not going to pretend to know the chemistry applications of that particular type of salt which would be messed up by using sea salt instead but could sea salt not just be used instead for the majority of the time

  101. DeRezzed

    DeRezzed2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Where are those grass eating vegans at?

  102. Jimjolnir

    Jimjolnir2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Humans should do to themselves what these people want to do to Spartina. And for the same reasons, to increase biodiversity. Our earth problems go way deeper than race, gender or mumble rap.

  103. AKNetworkEdit

    AKNetworkEdit2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Teal and orange colour grade again...

  104. MsBizzyGurl

    MsBizzyGurl2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Engineer mentality. Nature creates hybrids and species diversify all the time. 'Winding back the clock' is impossible. Worse, killing off the invasive species with an herbicide (especially in a marsh environment) is irresponsible. Let the new habitat alone.

  105. Optical Clarity

    Optical Clarity2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    You are an environmentalist living in California? Bullshit. No one living in California is an environmentalist. If you were interested in conservation, you'd leave California immediately. Too many people.

  106. Thomas Lalor

    Thomas Lalor2 หลายเดือนก่อน

    Do the Rails taste like Cornish Hen?? About the same size. Got any recipes??