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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

Dogs, drones help detect invasive species

BC Local News (Black Press), Feb. 3, 2016, by Jeff Nagel: Dogs, drones and DNA testing are emerging as new tools to detect invasive species and keep them from becoming entrenched in B.C.

Battling invasive species? Release the hounds (and drones)

Vancouver Sun, by Larry Pynn, Feb. 2, 2016: Dogs and drones are the latest weapons in the fight against invasive species, a global problem estimated to cause more than $1 trillion in harm annually to terrestrial and aquatic landscapes.

From weeds to works of wonder: Artist turns plants into art

Wtop, Jan. 18, 2016 by Rachel Nania — WASHINGTON: When Patterson Clark walks through the city’s national parks, he sees more than leaves, branches and berries. To him, it’s all art.

Teaching kids to be ‘stewards of the environment’ at B.C. Wildlife Park in Kamloops

InfoNews Penticton, Dec. 23, 2015 by Dana Reynolds: The B.C. Wildlife Park has a core belief of conservation through education, that in order to protect wild animals and the environment they live in people must learn how their actions ultimately affect the futures of these animals.

Keeping mussels at bay

Salmon Arm Observer, Dec. 27, 2015, by Barb Brouwer: The Pacific Northwest is the largest region in Canada and the U.S. that does not have established populations of invasive quagga and zebra mussels.

‘Trap and kill’ starlings program approved in Abbotsford

CBC News, Dec. 30, 2016: The City of Abbotsford has approved a trap and kill program for invasive European starlings in order to protect local berry crops.

Biopesticide to battle invasive sea lamprey in Great Lakes registered in U.S.

Times Colonist/The Canadian Press, Jan. 4, 2016: The Great Lakes Fishery Commission says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has registered a sea lamprey mating pheromone it's hoped can be used in combating the invasive species.

Genetic changes in birds could throw light on human mitochondrial diseases

EurekaAlert/University of New South Wales, Jan. 5, 2016: Deakin University and UNSW Australia researchers have made a rare observation of rapid evolution in action in the wild, documenting the spread of a newly arisen genetic mutation in invasive starlings, which could shed light on mitochondrial disease in humans.

Kimberley doesn’t get a passing grade in invasive weed control

Kimberlely Daily Bulletin, Jan. 7, 2016 by Carolyn Grant: Kimberley has a reputation within the Regional District of East Kootenay that it may not want — that of being the worst community for invasive plants.

Manitoba chef puts wild things, local invasive species on the menu

CBC News, Jan. 10, 2016: A Manitoba chef who is fresh off an educational trip to Nordic countries is putting what she learned overseas about eating local on the menu in Winnipeg.

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