Published June 1, 2021
To mark Invasive Species Action Month, ISCBC held the ‘What’s in my Backyard Youth’ (WIMBY) Photo Contest throughout the month of May for the fourth consecutive year.
Youth groups, classes and families across BC were challenged to spot and photograph as many invasive species in their yard or local area as possible. The contest was held completely online with the opportunity to enter by posting on Twitter or Instagram using #BCinvasivescontest, or by using the online entry form.
Teams from across the province ranging from Revelstoke to Victoria, Vernon to Vancouver, Kamloops to Richmond, entered 1,037 photos of invasive species. Invasive species spotted included plants, mammals, fish, birds, insects and other invertebrates. Team Invasive Crunchers, with sisters Eva and Olivia Gribbon, was the winning team after submitting 296 photos of invasive species to secure the first-place prize of a Minnow Kids kayak package, a $100 Atmosphere gift certificate, Panago family pizza night and an ISCBC prize pack. 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, Panago family pizza night and an ISCBC prize pack.
The contest may be over for this year but you can continue to spot and photograph invasive species and report them at bcinvasives.ca/report. Thank you for taking action by reporting invasive species you see!