Invasive Species Council of British Columbia

Invasive Species Action Month Makes Headlines 

Credit: Antoine Peltier

By Jana Rolland | Edited by Fiona McDonald & Tamara Slobogean | May 27th, 2022

Have you heard us on the radio, or seen us on TV? May is Invasive Species Action Month (ISAM) and invasive species are making news! From keeping up with our StrongerBC Action Teams, to chatting up what we can all do to protect BC’s biodiversity, journalists have been sharing our stories and helping spread the word! Check out the articles and segments we’ve been featured in!  

Invasive Scotch broom

May proclaimed “Invasive Species Action Month” | The Jill Bennet Show, CKNW 

ISCBC sat down with Jody Vance on The Jill Bennet Show to talk about the proclamation of Invasive Species Action Month, the detrimental effects of invasive species on native ecosystems, and how the public can help stop the spread of invasives. 

Invasive Himalayan blackberry | Credit: Mathew Syvenky

Space Invaders | New West Anchor 

Holy Himalayan blackberry! Our staff went on a walkabout with the New West Anchor to talk about the invasive species thriving in New Westminster’s Glenbrook Ravine, and what park visitors can do to be part of the solution.  

Cranbrook invasives removal | Credit: C Stevens

Team heads to Cranbrook to find and remove invasive species | My East Kootenay Now 

My East Kootenay Now provides an overview on the invasive species impacting the Cranbrook area, and the work the local StrongerBC Action Team is undertaking this summer to help restore the ecosystem. 

Invasive Eurasian watermilfoil | Credit: A. Fox

Ministers’ statement on Invasive Species Action Month | Gov of BC 

Every year since 2015, the BC government has proclaimed May, “Invasive Species Action Month”. In early May, Josie Osborne, Minister of Land, Water and Resource Stewardship, and Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests, issued a special statement highlighting the importance of our work, and recognizing the many ongoing projects and the local organizations spearheading invasive species management. 

Invasive Golfish

Millions of goldfish in Canadian lakes | CityNews Vancouver 

Don’t Let it Loose! CityNews Vancouver looked at the alarming number of goldfish found in Canadian lakes, and the incredible damage this invasive species can do outside the goldfish bowl. They examine why goldfish are a threat to our aquatic ecosystems, and how the Don’t Let it Loose program is spreading awareness.

Volunteers at Burns Bog, BC

Taking direct action against invasive species is helping these volunteers calm their climate anxiety | CBC News 

Suffering from eco-anxiety? CBC News dove into the positive effects taking action has on alleviating climate anxiety in youth, with input from some of our dedicated volunteers. 

Action Team Supervisors meet to discuss strategy

ISCBC teams take action on invasive species | East Kootenay News Online Weekly 

East Kootenay News reported on the start of our StrongerBC Action Team field season and what they aim to accomplish this summer.  

Credit: Manuel Rheinshmidt

Owners of nuisance cats in this Shuswap town could be fined thanks to new pet bylaw | Infotel 

Infotel reports on a new bylaw in Sicamus aimed at discouraging residents from releasing their pets to the wild and includes input from ISCBC.

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Jana is the Communications Coordinator at ISCBC. She is passionate about environmental protection and inspiring positive action in her community. In her free time you’ll find her with a paintbrush in hand. You can reach Jana at