You, your friends, family, and coworkers can become a “Spotter” and be on the alert for invasive plants and other species, since the bigger the team identifying and reporting invasives, the better! Join or organize your own Spotters’ Network Workshop to get started!
What are 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.
These FREE 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
Numerous organizations have used these workshops, including horticulturalists/landscaping companies, provincial ministries, Selkirk College, volunteer associations, Regional Committees, Vancouver Aquarium, environmental consultants, and several individuals.
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 you have identified an "unwanted" invasive plant, you can easily report your findings by calling the ISC at 1-888-WEEDSBC, contacting your Regional Committee, and/or entering your data into the Ministry of Forests, Mines, and Lands Invasive Alien Plant Program (IAPP) database.
Proceed to the next step to find out all you need to know to participate in or host a Spotters Network Workshop.
|Training participants learn to recognize invasive plants in Williams Lake. Photo: C. Koot
Spotters Network Workshops were developed as part of the two-year (2009-2010) Eyes Across BC program. The Eyes Across BC, province-wide program encourages community-based environmental stewardship while increasing awareness and understanding of invasive plants.
Thank you to the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Agriculture Environment and Wildlife Fund for initiating the development of the Spotters Network Workshops. Thank you to Vancouver Foundation for sponsoring the 2011 Spotter's Network program.