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ISCBC Enews July 2015

Hello from ISCBC!

As you know, June was officially proclaimed Invasive Species Action Month (ISAM) in BC and was bustling with positive actions by people involved all areas of management and volunteering, whose hard efforts are helping to prevent the spread of invasive species to our communities! Partners involved wish to extend a sincere thank you for shared collaborations by countless volunteers and organizations who made ISAM such an overwhelming success, with unpredecented media attention and public participation. To help guide future planning, we invite you to spend a few minutes on a short evaluation survey (see details below). 

As the summer heat continues, invasive plants are bound to continue flourishing, so keep your eyes open, and spot and report invasive plants and species to Report-A-Weed or call ISCBC toll free 1-888-933-3722. We hope you enjoy this month's enews. Keep in touch with us through Facebook, Twitter, and our website. 

The ISCBC Team

SURVEY: Invasive Species Action Month

Invasive Species Action Month, officially proclaimed during June, was a busy, exciting time with exciting province-wide events, local community actions, sharing of news resources and reaching the public about invasive species impacting BC! For those involved, we’d love to hear how this pilot project went for you in a short survey, to help determine successes, challenges and inform planning for next year.  

The survey is open to all organizations and agencies who were involved this year, or are planning to be involved in the future – please forward the link on to groups that you know participated. Your input and experiences are very valuable in helping to ensure successful events in the future. The survey results will be made public once they are compiled. Please complete the survey by August 15, 2015. THANK YOU in advance for your time and help! SURVEY | ISAM website


ISCBC is offering live webinars that provide expert, up-to-date information about invasive species in BC, their impacts, management, new resources and actions people can take to stop their introduction and spread. Everyone is welcome!

Register for the next live, lunchtime webinar, "Key Aquatic Invasive Plants in the Pacific Northwest" with Dr. Sam Chan, University of Oregon
CHANGE OF DATE: Wednesday, Sept. 9th, 2015, Noon – 1pm PST
Dr. Sam Chan will provide a session on several key aquatic invasive plants to be aware of and on the lookout for in BC. Areas covered include life history, ID tips and current distribution. Learn More | Register

Registration Live - Enjoy Early Bird Rates for INVASIVES 2016

Registration is now open for INVASIVES 2016: ISCBC's Public Forum & AGM! Enjoy two action-filled days of learning, networking and sharing with colleagues from across North America, and take advantage of early bird rates until Dec. 15th, 2015. Invite your colleagues, and save the date for Feb. 2-3, 2016, at Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond, BC. LEARN MORE | REGISTER

NEWS: Season of the Invaders in Cranbrook

Cranbrook Daily Townsman, July 29, 2015, by Barry Coulter: Fields of invasive weeds are in full bloom in many vacant industrial lots around Cranbrook, and the short window of opportunity for fighting them is just about past. Read more.

NEWS: Sap from invasive weed can burn skin

CBC News, July 28, 2015, by Amanda Marcotte: If you gently rub against it, the effects are like poison ivy. If you try to pull it, you could suffer ill health effects for the next three years, according to Chet Neufeld, Chair of the Saskatchewan Invasive Species Council and Treasurer of the Canadian Council on Invasive Species. Read more.

NEWS: Invasive species spotter program in P.E.I. hopes to spot and stop problem plants

CBC News, July 23, 2015: The first P.E.I. Invasive Species Spotter's Network training workshop has started. Read more.

STUDY: University of Windsor student researching mussels in Lake Erie

Windsor Star, July 26, 2015, by Alex Brockman: A University of Windsor student is working to find out exactly what invasive mussel species are doing to Lake Erie’s ecosystem. Read more.

STUDY: Invasive species add to monarch butterfly’s woes

Poughkeepsie Journal, July 30, 2015, by Mike Fargione: In recent years, monarch butterfly populations have crashed. Habitat loss, herbicides and invasive species have all played a part in diminishing this once common species. Read more.

STUDY: International consensus recommends measures for responsible gene drive to eradicate invasive species, July 30, 2015: Researchers around the world are developing synthetic gene drives that could one day be leveraged by humans to purposefully alter the traits of wild populations of organisms to prevent disease transmission and eradicate invasive species. Read more.


  • Society of Wetland Scientists PNW Chapter 2015 Regional Conference, Olympia, WA, October 6-8, 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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