The Invasive Biologist’s Version of “The Night Before Christmas”

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Dr. Clement C. Moore wrote the original “A Visit from St. Nicholas” often known as “The Night Before Christmas” or “Twas the Night Before Christmas” in 1823 as a Christmas poem for his children. Later, Thomas Nast inflated St. Nicholas to the “chubby and plump” Santa that we know these days. I am sure that neither envisaged this humble little elf turning their masterpieces into the version that you see here. Neither of them probably ever thought about invasive species either, I suspect. It is with the greatest respect for their genius and in the spirit of the holiday season that I share with you a little piece, versions of which I have read to students for years, now with a new twist, the perspective of an invasive species biologist.

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