Invasive Species Council of British Columbia

Don’t Let It Loose: The Spring Artist Series Release

Published April 13, 2022

ISCBC is excited to spotlight the newest Artist Series sticker, with artwork created by Mary Harvey of Tofino, BC. This design is part of a suite of artwork created by amazing artists from across British Columbia, supporting community science and behaviour change programs.

The Don’t Let It Loose program highlights the serious impacts released pets can have on BC’s native ecosystems and natural flora and fauna. invasive species

British Columbia is home to several introduced invasive pet species. Pet owners release these species thinking it is a humane way to get rid of the animal. Although most released exotic pets will die from starvation or be killed by a predator or hit by a car, several species have the ability to thrive and reproduce in their new environment. Along with impacts on the environment, releasing invasive species has many economic and social impacts as well. Plants and animals should never be released into the wild. For information on actions to take, check out the Don’t Let It Loose program.

Stay tuned for the next artist series, featuring PlantWise and Buy Local Burn Local!

About The Artist

Mary Harvey was born in Tofino and raised in Ucluelet BC, where she lives with her dog Woody and cat Smalls. As the daughter of a commercial fisherman, the ocean and the West Coast wilderness have been a constant inspiration for her. She feels fortunate to live in such a beautiful and magical corner of the world, among so many incredible creatures. She has a deep love and appreciation for nature and animals and this is strongly reflected in her work.

Mary has always felt drawn to creating art, which led her to study Visual Arts at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo BC and Graphic Design at SAIT in Calgary AB. Mary has been working as an independent and freelance designer for the last several years and looks forward to sharing her art, designs and love for the West Coast with the world.

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