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Celebrating Leaders in Invasive Species Prevention and Management

The Invasive Species Council of BC would like to congratulate the 2020 Together in Action Award recipients, presented at INVASIVES 2020, ISCBC’s 15th Annual Forum and AGM.

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Call for Year Three Clean Drain Dry Partners

Following two years of successful pilot program partnerships, the Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) is now accepting partners for the Clean Drain Dry (CDD) project’s third and final pilot year. Become a partner and help stop the spread of invasive aquatic species.

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ISCBC’s Dave Ralph Accepts Excellence in Weed Extension Award

ISCBC is proud to congratulate Dave Ralph as the 2019 Excellence in Weed Extension Award reciepient, presented by the Canadian Weed Science Society.  The award recognizes excellence among active agronomists, scientists, educators, extension personnel or organizations in the area of weed extension or diagnostics.

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ISCBC’s NAISMA 2019 Conference Presentations Now Available

Earlier this fall, the North America Invasive Species Management Association collaborated with the New York Invasive Species Research Institute, Cornell a renowned leader in invasive species research and outreach, in hosting the 2019 North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) Annual Conference.

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Three Asian giant hornets found in Nanaimo

Nanaimo - Wednesday, September 11, 2019 1:00 pm. Three large insects found in the Nanaimo area in August have been confirmed by Canadian and international experts as Asian giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia). This is the first time the Vespa mandarinia species of the Asian giant hornet has been found on Vancouver Island and British Columbia. While the hornets are dormant and unlikely to be seen in fall and winter, British Columbians who think they may have seen one can report findings to the Invasive Species Council of BC at 1 888 933-3722, via the council's "Report Invasives" mobile phone app or at

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Waterfront Owners Play Role in Health of BC Lakes and Waterways

The Invasive Species Council of BC is alerting waterfront residents and property owners to the impacts invasive species can have on our waters, our forests and our homes. Your waterfront property may already host some of the worst offenders such as yellow flag iris, commonly sold in nurseries, or Eurasian watermilfoil. Aquarium pets and plants, like goldfish and parrot’s feather, have also been introduced into some BC waterbodies via dumping. These species are considered high-risk because they can compete heavily for resources, disrupt natural processes and reduce biodiversity.

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Stop Western Yellowstriped Armyworm – Now in the North Okanagan

The Invasive Species Council of BC is calling on the public and producers in the North Okanagan to be on alert for the Western Yellowstriped Armyworm (Spodoptera praefica). The Western yellowstriped armyworm is an invasive caterpillar first detected in the North Okanagan Valley of BC in July 2018.  This pest causes extensive damage to forage crops, vegetables, flower gardens and ornamentals, often resulting in complete defoliation.

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Young adults wanted to volunteer to stop the spread of invasive species in BC

Williams Lake – August 6, 2019. Young adults aged 15-30 are invited to volunteer with the Invasive Species Council of BC Healthy Habitats project to help prevent the spread of invasive  species in British Columbia. Volunteers will benefit from training and leadership opportunities while developing and enhancing skills.
Read more and sign up today at

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National Indigenous Peoples Day - June 21, 2019

June 21st, 2019 was National Indigenous Peoples Day, a day of recognition of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and communities across Canada. National Indigenous Peoples Day is a testament to the resilience of Indigenous peoples across Canada in the face of colonial efforts to eradicate their identities and cultures. The ceremony, song, dance, and storytelling in addition to the communities and gatherings across the country are all examples of this resilience and strength.

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New Clean Drain Dry Signs up for Grabs

Are you interested in piloting Clean Drain Dry messaging at local waterbodies? Moving into its second year, the Clean Drain Dry (CDD) project is accepting more partners for the multi-year pilot program designed to increase awareness and take action to prevent the establishment and spread of aquatic invasive species in BC. The Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) is looking for aquatic stewardship groups to become partners to increase CDD awareness across the province. 

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