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ISCBC Enews - February 2015

Hello from the ISCBC!

Check out our newest TIPS factsheets on Parrot's Feather and Eurasian Watermilfoil, and additional highlights, including speaker presentations, from INVASIVES 2015, the ISCBC's 10th Anniversary Forum & AGM held in January. Also, be sure to SAVE THE DATE for INVASIVES 2016 to be held February 2-3, 2016. 

We hope you enjoy this month's enews! Keep in touch with us through Facebook, Twitter, and our website. 

The ISCBC Team

Highlights from Invasives 2015: ISCBC's 10th Anniversary Forum & AGM

INVASIVES 2015 was a celebration of 10 years of action and hard work tackling invasive species in BC! Read the Forum Summary and visit our website for speaker presentations, 2015 Together in Action Award winners, the Celebrating 10 Years in Action summary, and many great photos and video highlights! Thank you to all of our forum sponsors and funders for making this a special and memorable occasion. READ MORE

Mark your Calendars for INVASIVES 2016!

2015 Field Season ISCBC Employment Opportunities

ISCBC has the several job opportunities available for May 2015. Please note that positions are funding dependant and all postings close March 13th, 2015:

- Invasive Species Education and Outreach Workers (Vernon/Williams Lake)
- Program Coordinator (Location Flexible; 1-2 positions) 
- Program Manager (Location Flexible; 1-2 positions)

Job descriptions are available under About Us - Employment:

RESOURCE: Relative Risk Assessment for ship-mediated introductions of aquatic non-indigenous species to the Pacific Region of Canada

The objective of this 2013 research report (by the Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat, Fisheries and Oceans Canada) is to conduct a risk assessment of shipping vectors—ballast water and hull fouling—to ports in the Canadian Pacific region. READ MORE

Winter Webinars with Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC)

The OIPC, in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, is hosting a winter series of lunch-time webinars based on their Invasive Plants - Best Management Practices documents. Webinars are meant to help prepare you for the spring field season. Seven webinars have already happened and can be viewed online. Only two are left and are to be hosted on selected Wednesdays during the lunch hour. The next webinar will be on the Clean Equipment Protocol on March 4th from 12-1pm. LEARN MORE

NEWS: Largest Private Wetland Restoration Project in BC Opens in Meadow Creek

The Nelson Daily, by Eva Brownstein, Feb. 22, 2015: Meadow Creek resident and environmentalist Terry Halleran recently completed five wetland ponds on his property in North Kootenay Lake Country. This project carries a certain precedent considering the size of the project and that it is all happening on private land. READ MORE

NEWS: 12 of the most destructive invasive animals in the U.S.

Washington Post, Feb. 23, 2015, by Darryl Fears: Animals from around the world that stow away in airplanes, ships and the luggage of some smuggler become almost bulletproof when they make their way into the American wilderness as invasive species. Why? They’re new here, and they don’t have predators to keep them in check. Here are 12 of the most destructive invasive plants and animals in the United States, a dirty dozen. READ MORE 

STUDY: Getting here is more than half the battle for invasive species, Dec. 15, 2014: Foreign species hoping to survive a trans-oceanic voyage prefer the fastest route from port to port, a new study by a UWindsor researcher has found. Farrah Chan, a biologist at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, has determined that shipping routes matter to stowaways in the holds of vessels. READ MORE

STUDY: Invasive Species Dramatically Alter Landscapes

Purdue University & University of Kentucky, Dec. 12, 2014: Invasive plant and animal species can cause dramatic and enduring changes to the geography and ecology of landscapes, a study from Purdue Univ. and the Univ. of Kentucky shows. READ MORE

NEWS: Tropical fire ants traveled the world on 16th century ships

EurekaAlert (Science News), Feb. 18, 2015: Thanks to a bit of genetic sleuthing, researchers now know the invasion history of the tropical fire ant (Solenopsis geminata), the first ant species known to travel the globe by sea. READ MORE


  • 8th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 24 - 26, 2015
  • North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) Annual Conference 2015: Coast Hotel, Vancouver, BC. October 18-21, 2015
  • INVASIVES 2016: ISCBC's Forum & AGM, Feb. 2-3, 2016, Pacific Gateway Hotel, Richmond, BC

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Featured Resources

Parrot’s Feather

Eurasian Watermilfoil

Field Guide to Noxious Weeds and Other Selected Invasive Plants of BC

Grow Me Instead Booklet (2018)