Rarely are the activities of invasive species considered to be, at times, positive, but that may be the case with the armadillo populations in Coastal Georgia.
Like millennials and New Wave music, armadillos made themselves known on local barrier islands in the early 1980s. Since then, it appears they’ve been helping create habitat for not only themselves, but others.
University of Georgia graduate research assistant Zachary Butler and Little St. Simons Island ecologist Scott Coleman headed up a year-long study of armadillos on Little St. Simons that was presented at the Ecological Society of America’s annual meeting in New Orleans in August.
Butler said he became interested in looking into armadillo behavior while serving as an AmeriCorps member at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.