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ISCBC Enews February 2016

Hello from ISCBC!

Thank you to everyone who made INVASIVES 2016, ISCBC's Forum & AGM such a memorable and enjoyable event with over 150 participants! Please visit our Forum Highlights webpage for the Forum Summary, photos, and speaker presentations/summaries. 

Be sure to register quickly for our upcoming lunch-time Webinar March 16th featuring Nerissa Allen, CFIA, about ways to be TravelWise and prevent invasive species from spreading across our borders. Read articles below about Invasive Species Action Month this May, local efforts to keep out invasive mussels, Health Canada's new mobile app for pesticide labels, employment opportunities ... and much more!

Thank you for spotting and reporting invasive plants and species to Report-A-Weed, or call ISCBC toll free 1-888-933-3722. Keep in touch with us through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and our website. 

The ISCBC Team

Invasive Species Action Month - Coming May 2016!

Invasive Species Action Month has been officially proclaimed for May 2016! We look forward to working with all of our partners toward an exciting month where we inspire people across BC to take action on invasive species. Stay tuned for announcements and information as we plan together toward this great event!

Upcoming ISCBC Webinar: Be TravelWise

Title: Be TravelWise: You can Help Prevent Hitch-hiking Invasive Species from entering BC
Featuring Nerissa Allen, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Date: Wednesday March 16, 2016 - Noon - 1pm PST

Description: As we prepare for spring and summer vacations, most of us don’t think about invasive species or how we might bring them home by mistake! While travelling and enjoying holidays, it's important to know that harmful invasive species can enter British Columbia as hitch-hikers in travel bags carry-on luggage and on vehicles. Some invasive species are brought in on purpose, as plant clippings, seeds or as gifts, while others arrive unintentionally with the gifts, goods and momentos that are purchased overseas or in other provinces. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for safeguarding Canada's food, plant, and animal resource base. CFIA employs various inspection activities in order to mitigate the risk of the introduction of invasive alien plants and plant pests as well as animal diseases from entering Canada, which may cause environmental, social and economic harm. In this webinar, Nerissa will provide helpful tips to travellers on being 'TravelWise' about invasive species and their prevention. Participants will also hear about some priority invasive species to be on alert for when travelling across provincial and international borders, and how to report them. REGISTER

Celebrating new PlantWise Industry Partners!

A very special thank you and congratulations to the most recent PlantWise leaders in industry for becoming PlantWise partners in this exciting, growing program:

To learn more about the PlantWise Industry program, other PlantWise Partners across BC, and the new mobile app for gardeners to choose the right plant for the right place, visit ISCBC's PlantWise program webpages and/or explore

NEWS: Dogs, drones help detect invasive species

BC Local News (Black Press), Feb. 3, 2016, by Jeff Nagel: Dogs, drones and DNA testing are emerging as new tools to detect invasive species and keep them from becoming entrenched in B.C. The new tactics were described by experts at a conference of the Invasive Species Council of B.C. in Richmond. Read more.

NEWS: Students join battle against mussels

Vernon Morning Star, Feb. 21, 2016: Students at Vernon Community School have launched a campaign to raise awareness about quagga and zebra mussels and the negative impact they could create for local lakes, recreation and the economy. Read more.

NEWS: Funding to protect B.C. lakes from invasive mussels in the offing?

Kelowna Capital News, Feb. 20, 2016 by Kathy Michaels: Premier Christy Clark hinted that the province may be stepping up its efforts to keep invasive mussels from B.C. lakes this summer. Read More.

NEWS: Province considering permanent inspection stations against invasive mussels at border crossings

Osoyoos Times, Feb. 17, 2016 by Richard McGuire: The provincial government may establish eight full-time permanent inspection stations along its borders this year to counter the threat of invasive zebra and quagga mussels. Read more.

News: Unprecedented scientific report says bees and other pollinators are in dire need of help

The Washington Post, Feb. 26, 2016, by Chelsea Harvey: Around the world, the animals that pollinate our food crops — over 20,000 species of bees, butterflies, bats and many others — are the subject of growing attention. An increasing number of pollinator species are thought to be in decline, threatened by a variety of mostly human pressures, and their struggles could pose significant risks for global food security and public health. Read More.

Employment: Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society (CKISS)

CKISS is seeking an Operations Program Coordinator; responsible for the coordination and implementation of the CKISS terrestrial and riparian operational plant program.
TERM: Permanent, Full time April-December, 24 hours a week from January-March
Please see further details and location: Job Posting (PDF)

NEWS: Health Canada launches new pesticide label mobile app

Health Canada has launched a new FREE mobile app that allows users to access pesticide labels that have been registered for use in Canada. This app, called Pesticide Labels, helps homeowners, farmers, industry, as well as provincial and federal organizations look up specific pesticide label instructions conveniently, and is available from mobile device app stores such as Google Play and iTunes App Store. Information on product labels include detailed directions for use, safety precautions, first aid statements, and disposal instructions. See Health Canada's news release.

BLOG: Invasive species and the steward’s role

Nature Conservancy of Canada Blog, Feb. 25, 2016: More and more land is being conserved these days by various conservation groups, which comes with a responsibility to protect and manage that land. The most efficient way to carry out this responsibility is through a stewardship system. Read More.

NEWS: New Google Earth Engine tool maps threats to sage grouse habitat in Western States

Blue Mountain Eagle, Feb. 24, 2016: USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has a new, interactive mapping tool that combines layers of related data to better target invasive species damaging habitat and rangeland in Western states. Read More.

BLOG: 7 tips for limiting the spread of invasive species in your pastures

Beef Magazine, Feb. 24, 2016 by Amanda Radke: Invasive species are a big problem and it’s a good time to remind land managers about their role in limiting the spread of non-native plants, animals and microorganisms. Read more.

STUDY: Invasive species blamed as second biggest cause of extinctions

New Scientist, Feb. 17, 2016: Alien invaders are the second biggest cause of species extinctions, according to a new study, but not everyone is convinced. Read more.


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