Invasive Species Council of British Columbia

Community Spotlight: Isadora Bicheski

Published March 22, 2022

Meet Isadora Bicheski, an amazing ISCBC youth volunteer and outdoor adventurer!

Can you tell us a bit about yourself Isadora and how you experience the nature around you?

I am originally from Brazil, and Canada has been my home for almost five years. During my time here, I have had the opportunity to explore all the different parks around BC (my favourite being Joffre Lakes). Canada’s biodiversity is quite different from Brazil’s, but Canada is diverse and beautiful! Learning about ecosystems as a high school student was one of the most exciting things I have learned; however, having the opportunity to explore those ecosystems in person is a privilege.  

What do you like about volunteering and what inspired you to take action? 

I enjoy that, with volunteering, I can learn and develop essential life skills while having fun. Similarly, I am also inspired by the opportunity to contribute to the community as I learn more about BC’s ecosystems and invasive species. Who doesn’t enjoy doing their fair share in life, right? 

What would you say to a potential volunteer? 

Just try. We have a supportive team of volunteers and facilitators to help you. ISCBC also has a plethora of resources to help with your projects and learning. From new skills to knowledge, I can guarantee that you will have fun and learn many new things. 

If you could choose to have one invasive species eradicated forever, what would it be and why? 

If I could choose to have one invasive species to be eradicated forever, it would be Himalayan blackberry. It recently came to my attention that these thorny bushes have surrounded a local forest in my community. Unfortunately, these species can be tough to remove, and after some time, removal isn’t so viable. If Himalayan blackberry were eradicated, I would be able to see the local ecosystem at that local forest, as well as other environments, thriving again. One day, perhaps, it could be a reality with the help of organizations such as ISCBC.   

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