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Invasive Species Research Conference

Turning Science into Action! Co-hosted by Thompson Rivers University and the Invasive Species Council of BC. learn more »

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

B.C. joins western Canadian fight against invasive species

B.C. Government News, June 6, 2016: The Province is joining forces with neighbouring jurisdictions in the fight against invasive species, including zebra and quagga mussels.

Western Canada unites in fight against invasive species

Alberta Environment & Parks, June 6, 2016: A joint agreement among Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Yukon tightens the grip on invasive species.

House measure supports shippers on ballast water dumping

The Province, May 24, 2016, by John Flesher: TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - A plan gaining support in Congress and backed by the cargo shipping industry would establish a nationwide policy for dumping ballast water into U.S. waterways that environmental groups say would open the door to more invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels, which have wreaked economic havoc from the Great Lakes to the West Coast.

Vernon MLA Report: Invasive species must be stopped

Vernon Morning Star, May 25, 2016 by Erin Foster: Invasive species are unwelcome intruders on the natural environment we hold dear.

Indian Head Man Snags Record Breaking 18.42 Pound Snakehead

Southern Maryland Online, Annapolis, May 26, 2016: Emory (Dutch) Baldwin III from Indian Head, and his regular bow-hunting partner Franklin Shotwell were wrapping up a night of stalking northern snakehead from Baldwin's boat along the Maryland side of the Potomac River when they decided to check the flats near Marshall Hall to see if the blue catfish had moved up into the grass. 

University of Windsor invasive species research centre closes

CBC News, May 27, 2016: A national research group, the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network, based at the University of Windsor is closing because it's run out of federal funding.

2 Gwaii Haanas national park islands declared rat free

CBC News, May 19, 2016 by Maryse Zeidler: Parks Canada says it has wiped out invasive rats on two islands in Haida Gwaii, B.C., helping important seabirds species recover by doing so.

Richmond battles invasive species

Richmond News, May 3, 2016 by Graeme Wood: May the “force” (May 4th) be with the City of Richmond in battling an army of invaders that have come to seek the destruction of Lulu Island’s empire.

Fighting invaders: May is invasive species action month

CBC News, May 2, 2016: With spring in full bloom, and both humans and B.C.'s animal populations enjoying warmer weather, the Invasive Species Council of B.C. (ISCBC) has declared May Invasive Species Action Month.

B.C. provides $1.7 million in grants to fight invasive plants

BC GOVERNMENT NEWS, April 22, 2016: The B.C. government is distributing over $1.7 million in new grants to help control the spread of invasive plants in the province, Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson and Parliamentary Secretary Donna Barnett announced today.

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