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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 »

Invasive Species Research Conference

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

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.

Province considering permanent inspection stations against invasive mussels at border crossings

Osoyoos Times, Feb. 17, 2016 by Richard McGuire: The provincial government may establish eight full-time permanent inspection stations along its borders this year to counter the threat of invasive zebra and quagga mussels.

Students join battle against mussels

Vernon Morning Star, Feb. 21, 2016: A group of youth fears the Okanagan, as we know it, could disappear. Students at Vernon Community School have launched a campaign to raise awareness about quagga and zebra mussels and the negative impact they could create for local lakes, recreation and the economy.

Funding to protect B.C. lakes from invasive mussels in the offing?

Kelowna Capital News, Feb. 20, 2016 by Kathy Michaels: Premier Christy Clark hinted that the province may be stepping up its efforts to keep invasive mussels from B.C. lakes this summer.

7 tips for limiting the spread of invasive species in your pastures

Beef Magazine, Feb. 24, 2016 by Amanda Radke: In addition to National FFA Week, it’s also National Invasive Species Awareness Week, and while it may seem this one is not worth getting too excited about, invasive species are a big problem and it’s a good time to remind land managers about their role in limiting the spread of non-native plants, animals and microorganisms.

New Google Earth Engine tool maps threats to sage grouse habitat in Western States

Blue Mountain Eagle, Feb. 24, 2016: USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the University of Montana and other partners announce a new, interactive mapping tool that, for the first time, combines layers of related data to better target invasive species damaging habitat and rangeland in Western states, according to a USDA press release.

Invasive species and the steward’s role

Nature Conservancy of Canada Blog, Feb. 25, 2016 by Bill Moses: More and more land is being conserved these days by various conservation groups. This is a good thing, but coming with that is a responsibility to protect and manage that land. Unless there are local offices, the most efficient way to carry out this responsibility is through a stewardship system.

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