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Japanese beetle is in Vancouver

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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 »

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 »

Invasive Species Action Month Photo Contest 2016 Winners

We Have Winners!

Invasive Species Action Month Photo Contest

Many thanks to all those who entered in the Invasive Species Council of BC’s first Invasive Species Action Month Photo Contest, held during Invasive Species Action Month, May 2016. Winners were selected by a panel of judges from the ISCBC’s Communications Committee. The judges had a real challenge in choosing winners, as there were many excellent submissions.

Two winners were selected and each was presented with a Go Pro camera! Several photos were also selected for honorable mention – see below. Congratulations!

Keep the Photos Coming!

To all keen photographers out and about in BC this season - Keep taking photographs and send them in! We’d love to see your photos of invasive species in BC, people taking action on invasive plants or animals, dealing with invasive species on the job or carrying out best practices to ensure they don’t spread. Send them to us by email at or through Twitter or Instagram HASHTAG  #bcinvasivescontest  - we’ll post them online!

Winning Photos

Category I: Taking Action on Invasive Species: Recreation, At Work - best practices.

Winner:  Lea Gelling, Brentwood Bay, BC

“Getting angry at ivy in Brentwood Bay”

Lea Gelling receiving her prize.


Honorable Mention 1:  Helen Watkinson, Burnaby BC

"Broom Bashing"

Honorable Mention 2: Alanah Nasadyk, Habitat Acquisition Trust

A “Broom-less”  Park – Oak Haven Park, Saanich, BC

Category 2: Invasive Species in BC:  Send us photos of the main culprits in your community.

Winner: Lars Karstad, Kelowna, BC

"Common bugloss"

Lars Karstad with prize in hand.


Honorable Mention 1: Andrew Klassen

"Yellow Perch"

Honorable Mention 2: Lindsay J. (Age 10), Summerland, BC

"Dalmatian toadflax and beetles"