Invasive Species Council of British Columbia

Celebrating Invasive Species Action Month

Published July 22, 2021

Each May is Invasive Species Action Month (ISAM) and the Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) is celebrating another successful month of invasive species awareness and action.

  • Over 500,000 British Columbians reached on social media
  • Over 26,500 new visitors to
  • 1,037 invasive photos shared
  • 13 partner events
  • 5 invasive management success stories celebrated

ISCBC staff helped produce a video filmed over several days around Vancouver, featuring various staff and youth volunteers. The video was shared on social media and focused on reporting, PlayCleanGo, Clean Drain Dry and PlantWise. The video reached over 315,000 people across BC!

Teams across BC, from Revelstoke to Victoria, Vernon to Vancouver, Kamloops to Richmond, entered 1,037 photos of invasive species into the ‘What’s In My Backyard’ Youth Photo Contest. The Invasive Crunchers, sisters Eva and Olivia Gribbon, was the winning team after submitting 296 photos of invasive species, securing the first-place prize of a Minnow Kids kayak package, a $100 Atmosphere gift certificate, a Panago family pizza night and an ISCBC prize pack.

Team Invasive Crunchers: Eva and Olivia Gribbon

Team Shrediger, the Ediger family, was the runner-up with 246 photos, winning a $200 Atmosphere gift certificate, a $25 Black Bond Books gift certificate, a Panago family pizza night and an ISCBC prize pack.

Team Shrediger

“We learned a lot about how many different types of species were invasive and how many there were and the effect it had on the local ecosystem. It was very interesting and kept us looking around for more and more! Definitely won’t be forgetting the knowledge we gathered! “

Rachel Ediger, Team Shrediger

ISCBC wants to thank regional partners, communities and individuals for their enthusiasm and support in delivering an amazing Invasive Species Action Month! We hope you were inspired to continue taking action in your community all year long.