Invasive Species Council of British Columbia

Webinar: Invasive Rabbits in BC: Status, History, and the Future for Management

Date: May 19, 2022

Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm PT

Join Naomi Nichol, Senior Policy analyst at the Fish and Wildlife Branch of the Ministry of Forests as she provides overview of invasive rabbit species and their effects on the environment. Where do these rabbits exist, what is the problem, and what can we do about it? Rabbits come with the added difficulty of the public seeing them as pets, and so resist methods used to control other invasive species. An exploration of the legislative, educational, and control methods we have in our toolbox, and how we need all three to address issues with invasive rabbits.

Meet the Speaker

Naomi Nichol
Senior Policy Analyst, Fish and Wildlife Branch, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Naomi Nichol is a Registered Biologist with a Masters in Wildlife Management and a 25 year career in wildlife and ecosystem conservation. She has lived and worked all over North America and in Europe, and spent a lot of her career focusing on how our legislative frameworks affect outcomes on the landscape, and how we can improve them. Currently, Naomi is working in the Policy and Legislative Reform team that oversees the Wildlife Act and its associated policies and procedures. She is part of a team assessing various issues with the Act and will be involved in amendments moving forward, including those that affect our ability to manage for invasive species. Naomi lives in Brentwood Bay, BC with her family, chickens, and dog.