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Giant Hogweed

A towering toxic invasive plant with WorkSafe BC regulations 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 »

European Fire Ant

A tiny ant with a toxic sting 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 »

Zebra/Quagga Mussels

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

Yellow Hawkweed

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


Asian carp becomes animal feed for American Heartland Fish Products

Aug. 26, 2014

CBC News/The Associated Press, Aug. 14, 2014: When they arrive at the processing plant, the fish that have been cursed as a menace to American lakes and rivers are raked onto a conveyer belt, some of them still flopping.

Plant invaders cause real harm

Aug. 26, 2014

Victoria Times Colonist (Editorial), Aug. 15, 2014: It looks attractive, but once it gets into your garden, it never leaves. It will take over your yard, your house, your neighbourhood, growing up through asphalt and even penetrating concrete foundations of homes.

Bullfrogs keeping Steveston residents up at night

Aug. 26, 2014

CBC News, Aug. 19, 2014: Steveston residents say they're fed up with a growing chorus of bullfrogs that is keeping them up at night, but the provincial government says there's not a lot it can do.

Goldfish dumped in Coquitlam, B.C. now an invasive species

Aug. 26, 2014

The Weather Network, Aug. 18, 2014 by Cheryl Santa Maria: Pet owners have been dumping goldfish into Coquitlam waters in droves. So many have found their way into Como Lake that they're threatening the ecosystem.

Confronting the threat of invasive ‘ecosystem engineers’

Aug. 26, 2014

Ecologist, Aug. 26, 2014, by Jodey Peyton & Helen Roy: Mussels, crabs, hornets and ... racoons? Future invasive species are not what you might expect. In particular, we have to beware of 'ecosystem engineers' that can transform the environment they inhabit, creating ecological havoc for other species.

Workshop held on future of Invasive Species Compendium

Aug. 22, 2014

CABI Invasives (BLOG), Aug. 21, 2014: Members of the Invasive Species Consortium from the US, Mexico, Caribbean and South Pacific met in Washington DC on 4 August and unanimously agreed to keep the Invasive Species Compendium (ISC) an open access resource for a further five years. 

Sniffer dogs to keep invasive mussels out of Alberta waterways

Aug. 19, 2014

CBC News, Aug. 6, 2014: Sniffer dogs are being deployed at checkpoints near lakes and rivers around the province in a bid to keep invasive mussels out of Alberta's waterways.

Wildlife corridors sometimes help invasive species spread, UF research finds

Aug. 19, 2014

University of Florida News, Aug. 6, 2014: GAINESVILLE, Fla. – When the ants come marching in, having miles of linked habitats may not be such a good idea after all.

Thousands of invasive fish found dead in Langley

Aug. 19, 2014

CKNW AM Vancouver, Aug. 5, 2014 by Shelby Thom: Sarah Atherton with the Langley Environmental Partners Society says crews spent the day cleaning up the Brydon Lagoon- a man-made old sewage settling pond.

Ontario anglers face fines for using Goby, invasive fish, as bait

Aug. 19, 2014

CBC News, Aug. 4, 2014: A few Ontario anglers have been fined recently — not for what they're catching — but for what they're using on their hooks.

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