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Parrot's Feather

A popular aquatic garden plant that spreads with water currents, animals, boats/trailers and fishing gear. Dense stands can stagnate water, and increase breeding grounds for mosquitoes

Zebra/Quagga Mussels

These tiny freshwater mussels clog drains, damage infrastructure, and are very costly to control/eradicate learn more »

Giant Hogweed

A towering toxic invasive plant with WorkSafe BC regulations learn more »

European Fire Ant

A tiny ant with a toxic sting learn more »

Purple Loosestrife

An aggressive wetland invader that threatens plant and animal diversity learn more »

Japanese Knotweed

Grows aggressively through concrete, impacting roads and house foundations learn more »

Spotted Knapweed

A single plant spreads rapidly with up to 140,000 seeds per square metre learn more »

Scotch Broom

An evergreen shrub that invades rangelands, replaces forage plants, causes allergies in people, and is a serious competitor to conifer seedlings learn more »

Orange Hawkweed

Also yellow, these invasive plants replace native vegetation along roadsides, and threaten areas not yet reforested learn more »

News on Invasives

Wired2Fish hooks up with Wildlife Forever’s Clean Drain Dry Initiative

Wildlife Forever, Aug. 7, 2015, Brooklyn Center, MN – Wired2Fish, America’s leading fishing content guru joined forces with Wildlife Forever’s Clean Drain Dry Initiative to spread good conservation with prevention of invasive species. 

South Surrey resident raises alarm over an invasive plant he recently discovered

Peace Arch News, Aug. 25, 2015, by Melissa Smalley: A South Surrey resident is raising the alarm over an invasive plant he recently discovered near his home.

Manitoba man warns local farmers buying out of province hay

Bonnyville Nouvelle, Aug 25, 2015, by Kristen Oelschlagel: As hay continues to be brought in from out of province, Manitoba farmers are being warned about the possible repercussions.

Professor Paul Hebert wants to bar-code DNA of all species

CBC News, Aug. 17, 2015: A universal DNA bar-coding project could lead to genetic early-warning systems that trigger an alert when invasive species like zebra mussels appear in an ecosystem.

Canadian Officials Mobilize to Fight Asian Carp after Toronto Discovery

OutDoorHub.com, Aug. 19, 2015 by Daniel Xu: Days after wildlife officials announced the discovery of Asian carp near Toronto, employees from Fisheries and Oceans Canada have already arrived at the scene and started electro-fishing for the invasive species.

Mussels revealed on boat

Vernon Morning Star, Aug. 21, 2015: Those attending an invasive mussel inspection workshop this week got more than expected when a boat carrying the concerning molluscs showed up for an actual inspection and decontamination.

Invasive plants pose billion-dollar threat to economies around the world

The Japan Times, Aug. 21, 2015:  OSLO – Many of the world’s plants are turning “alien,” spread by people into new areas where they choke out native vegetation in a worsening trend that causes billions of dollars in damage, scientists said on Wednesday.

Humans have caused alien invasion of more than 13,000 plant species

Horticulture Week, Aug. 20, 2015, by Elizabeth Henry: Published in the journal Nature, the study of the global exchange of alien plant species found that in total, 13,168 native plant species - or 3.9 per cent of the world's plant population - have not only found their way to new climates but become naturalised there.

Alberta’s invasive mussels program a success so far

Medican Hat News, Aug. 14, 2015 by Alex McCuaig: No news about finding zebra and quagga mussels in Alberta waterways is the best news as the province and irrigators continue to partner to keep the invasive species out of rivers and lakes.

Drought-stricken forests in B.C., Alberta face new threat from insects

Globe and Mail, Aug. 16, 2015: As much of Western Canada faces worsening drought, the region’s forests are drying out – and as the trees dehydrate, they make sounds that attract the kinds of insects that can then kill them off, says a scientist who has studied the phenomenon.

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