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The Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) has been invited to participate in panel of experts at 2019 The North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) Annual Meeting. The session will highlight various stages of development and the implementation of behaviour change elements within invasive species programs.
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 bcinvasives.ca/report.
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. In popular fishing areas, large- and smallmouth bass may have been released for fishing purposes, potentially carrying American bullfrog tadpole hitchhikers. 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.
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.
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 bcinvasives.ca/volunteer.
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.
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.
Millions of boaters make their way to British Columbian waterways each year. Most boaters do not realize that aquatic invaders can be hitching a ride to the next waterbody they visit. Whether enjoying wake surfing, cruising in a sailing boat, or trolling a lake for a few bites, all boaters can protect BC waters by taking the time to Clean Drain Dry.
There are as many kinds of boats as there are places to enjoy them. From freshwater lakes to open oceans, aquatic invaders can easily hitch a ride and spread between British Columbia’s waterways. Marinas across the province can play an important part in preventing the spread of aquatic invasive species, and boaters can work together to prevent the spread through the simple steps of Clean Drain Dry.
With over 20,000 lakes and 750,000 kms of streams, BC is considered one of the best places to fish in North America. Whether British Columbians are fishing as a recreational sport, peaceful hobby or getaway, invasive species should always be on their radar when they are heading home for the day. Aquatic invasive species pose a significant threat to BC waterways. Every angler can help stop their spread by remembering to Clean Drain and Dry all watercraft and gear when leaving a waterbody.