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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 learn more »

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 »

Orange Hawkweed

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

News on Invasives

Environmental, emotional impact from Japanese tsunami still felt in B.C.

Global News, March 11, 2016 by Yuliya Talmazan, VANCOUVER — It has been five years since a magnitude-9.0 earthquake rattled northeastern Japan, claiming at least 15,000 lives and leaving more than half a million people homeless.

Divers can help stop aquatic invasive species

GoErie.com, March 15, 2016, by Anna McCartney: When zebra mussels dramatically increased water clarity in the early 1990s, many divers welcomed their invasion as a positive outcome.

Enos Lake stickleback becoming victim of ‘reverse speciation’

CBC News, March 15, 2016, by Liam Britten: There used to be two species of stickleback thriving in Enos Lake near Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island, but University of British Columbia researchers say the two species are becoming one.

View Royal considers goats to clear invasive species

Goldstream News Gazette, March 16, 2016, by Rick Stiebel: Goats clearing invasive species won’t be seen or herded in View Royal following a decision at the March 8 council meeting.

Celebrating International Day of Forests

USDA, U.S. Forest Service, March 17, 2016, by William Harold Shoutis: In a changing climate, it takes elaborate and energetic collaboration to preserve forests around the world, and there is no better celebration of trees than water conservation. The United Nation’s International Day of Forests, this March 21, is a time for heightening awareness of these partnerships, their ambitions, and the values and services forests provide.

Wisen up to harmful plants in Nelson

Nelson Star, March 9, 2016: The days are getting longer, and signs of spring are starting to appear in the Kootenays. Before long it will have changed from ski season to gardening season. The horticulture industry has been recognized as a key pathway for invasive species introduction and spread.

Unusual fish found near shores of Shuswap Lake startles residents, government officials

InfoNews, Pentiction, March 7, 2016, by Charlotte Helston: CANOE - Fisheries staff had quite the scare last month when a strange fish showed up near the shores of Shuswap Lake.

Duncan Barnett receives Governor General’s Caring Canadian award

Williams Lake Tribune, March 4, 2016: 150 Mile House rancher Duncan Barnett was among the recipients of the Governor General of Canada's 2016 Caring Canadian Awards during a ceremony in Vancouver Friday.

Q&A: Conservationists debate ‘invasive species’ vs. ‘non-native’ labels

CBC News, March 3, 2016, by Torah Kachur:  The term "invaders" doesn't quite conjure up feelings of welcome or belonging. But some biologists are trying to change the perception of biological invaders — and instead want us to think of them as migrants searching for the right place to live. CBC Radio science columnist Torah Kachur looks at the debate about how we view invasive species.

Invasive species blamed as second biggest cause of extinctions

New Scientist, Feb. 17, 2016: Alien invaders are the second biggest cause of species extinctions, according to a new study, but not everyone is convinced. The role invaders play in wiping out native species has long been a bone of contention for conservationists.

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