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Spotter's Network

Spotters-Network-logoYou are invited to join the growing team of "Spotters" who are part of BC's Spotter's Network! Volunteers around the province are actively helping to report and respond to invasive species—and you can too!

First, JOIN the Spotter's Network so we can get in touch with you.

Next, we encourage you to attend any or all five FREE workshops (read below for details) that interest you or your organization. These workshops will inform you about the invasive plants affecting your area and how you can help respond as a "Spotter" for BC!

Spotters’ Network Workshops

Spotters Network Workshops are FREE 1-1.5 hour sessions designed to enable community groups or organizations to learn about local invasive plants including identification, management, and reporting. Workshop materials and resources are publicly available and apply to all communities across BC. Workshops can be tailored to focus on regionally important invasive plants.

Workshop packages include a “How To” guidebook and Powerpoint presentation, including speaking notes. Five workshops are available:

  • Invasive Plants 101
  • Aquatic Invasive Plants
  • Agriculture and Range Invasive Plants
  • Horticultural Invasive Plants
  • Aboriginal People and Invasive Plants


Spotters’ Network Workshops
aim to increase the number of informed "Spotters" who are on the alert for new and spreading invasive plants by creating a province-wide network and searchable database.

Once an invasive plant is spotted and identified, you can easily report your findings by calling the ISC at 1-888-933-3722, contacting your Regional Organization, and/or entering your data into the Province's Invasive Alien Plant Program (IAPP) database.

Click here to find out all you need to know to participate in or host a Spotters Network Workshop.

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Training participants learn to recognize invasive plants in Williams Lake. Photo: C. Koot

 

Background

Spotters Network Workshops were developed as part of the two-year (2009-2010) Eyes Across BC program. The Eyes Across BC, province-wide program focused on community-based environmental stewardship while increasing awareness and understanding of invasive plants. During this program, the province-wide hotline was established and continues to perform an important role in reporting invasive species across BC (1-888-933-3722).

Thank you to the following funding partners for your support of the Spotters Network!

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In Your Words...

  • “Thank you for orchestrating access to the Hot Spots crew for GINPR.  This crew allowed us to move the restoration project on Princess Margaret ahead by months if not by years.”

    Wayne Bourque, Superintendent of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, Parks Canada

  • “Our crew has finished their work at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. I want to thank you, on behalf of Parks Canada, for providing the crew to us. They were well-trained and got a lot of important restoration work done in our nationally-important heritage areas.”

    Brian Reader, Species at Risk Manager, Parks Canada

  • “Parks Canada and Canadians have benefited from the partnership to have on-the-ground Hot Spots crews, and we would be happy to work with a crew in the future at one of our many national parks and national historic sites that are in need of invasive plant management.”

    Brian Reader, Species at Risk Manager, Parks Canada

  • “Working with the Hot Spots crew in Saanich in 2010, we practiced different methods to treat knotweed with glyphosate using the injection gun on several sites. With these skills I was able to implement Saanich's first knotweed eradication pesticide treatment program for private properties.”

    Donna Wong, Environmental Stewardship Officer, District of Saanich

  • “I am impressed with the coverage of the GIS mapping data now available. I will be developing an Invasive Species Management Plan for Pacific Spirit over the next several years and these maps will help as a coarse indication of current conditions, and in guiding initial inventory and monitoring efforts.”

    Markus Merkens, Pacific Spirit Park area manager, Metro Vancouver

  • "We had a great hike at Kenna Cartwright Park. The kids built a snowman and we all enjoyed the views. The outreach worker showed us some plants that don't belong in the park, gave us info about them and what to do about them, and gave us all some cool gifts from the Invasive Plant Council. Thank you!"

    Susan Hammond, Kamloops Young Naturalist Club

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