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Q&A: Conservationists debate ‘invasive species’ vs. ‘non-native’ labels

CBC News, March 3, 2016, by Torah Kachur:  The term “invaders” doesn't quite conjure up feelings of welcome or belonging. But some biologists are trying to change the perception of biological invaders — and instead want us to think of them as migrants searching for the right place to live. CBC Radio science columnist Torah Kachur looks at the debate about how we view invasive species.

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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. The role invaders play in wiping out native species has long been a bone of contention for conservationists.

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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.

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Students join battle against mussels

Vernon Morning Star, Feb. 21, 2016: A group of youth fears the Okanagan, as we know it, could disappear. 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.

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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.

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

Beef Magazine, Feb. 24, 2016 by Amanda Radke: In addition to National FFA Week, it’s also National Invasive Species Awareness Week, and while it may seem this one is not worth getting too excited about, 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.

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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), the University of Montana and other partners announce a new, interactive mapping tool that, for the first time, combines layers of related data to better target invasive species damaging habitat and rangeland in Western states, according to a USDA press release.

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Invasive species and the steward’s role

Nature Conservancy of Canada Blog, Feb. 25, 2016 by Bill Moses: More and more land is being conserved these days by various conservation groups. This is a good thing, but coming with that is a responsibility to protect and manage that land. Unless there are local offices, the most efficient way to carry out this responsibility is through a stewardship system.

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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.

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VIDEO: Experts team up to figure out how to battle invasive species in BC

Global TV news, Feb. 3, 2016 by Linda Aylesworth: Experts have gathered in Richmond to figure out how best to deal with destructive invasive plants and animals. Linda Aylesworth explains why our health, environment, and economy could be at risk. 

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