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ISCBC Enews June 2015

Hello from ISCBC!

June is Invasive Species Action Month in BC, and people from communities across our province are taking positive actions to help prevent the spread of invasive species. All month, organizations from across BC have been hosting an exciting array of events and activities through special events such as farmer's markets and community weed pulls, and sharing great resources like factsheets and youth activities. Find out more at: Also learn about the new, important federal regulations for better prevention of aquatic invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels.

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The ISCBC Team

Register Today! FREE Webinars

ISCBC is hosting a series of FREE webinars during Invasive Species Action Month this June and throughout the field season. These sessions 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 welcome!

"Invasive Animals in BC: a Tale of Outdoor Play and a Love of Shakespeare"
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 Noon – 1 PM
By Dominique Sigg, Wildlife Conservation Specialist, BC Ministry of Environment
This webinar will explore the connections between invasive animals and outdoor recreation.

"Yellow Flag Iris: New Environmentally-friendly Control Methods
Wednesday July 29, 2015, Noon – 1 PM

Dr. Catherine Tarasoff, Thompson Rivers University, Dept. of Natural Resource Sciences

Learn More | Register

Be Responsible in BC's Outdoors: Play Clean Go and Buy it Where you Burn it

During Invasive Species Action Month, ISCBC is launching a campaign about protecting BC's outdoors through recreation, with tips to prevent invasive species spread while camping, out on the trails, at home, and as a fieldworker. Learn More.

NEWS: Government of Canada Announces New Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations

Government of Canada News Release, June 17, 2015—Ottawa: The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, announced that new regulations to strengthen the prevention of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in Canadian waters have come into force. Read More.

NEWS: Invasive Species Action Month raises awareness of “huge” problem in B.C.

Georgia Straight, June 2, 2015, by Stephen Hui: Invasive animal and plant species are a multimillion-dollar problem in BC, and you may be partly to blame for their spread. Read More.

NEWS: Province works on security measure for invasive mussels threat

The Free Press, June 15, 2015 by Sarah Kucharski: Security measures with a "Clean, Drain, Dry" provincial program have been taken to ensure that the invasive zebra and quagga mussels continue to make no appearance in BC's waters. Read More.

NEWS: Knotweed: The plant that’s eating B.C.

Macleans, June 12, 2015, by Ken MacQueen: It was June of 2013, and, by then, Joe Cindrich knew plenty about the enemy massing for an invasion of his two-hectare hobby farm in Langley Township in BC’s Fraser Valley... Read More.

NEWS: Tired of your turtle? Don’t dump it off in Vancouver parks, officials urge

The Province, June 6, 2015, by Gordon McIntyre: Turtles, turtles, nah, nah, nah. Not in Metro Vancouver lakes, anyway, not if they’ve come from your aquarium. Read more.

STUDY: When plants become space invaders, June 3, 2015 by Ursula Basinger: Declines in native biodiversity can open opportunities for imported species to not only grab a foothold in a new territory, but also to evolve into invasive pests. Read More.

STUDY: Earth’s Sixth Mass Extinction Has Already Begun

KelownaNow/World News, June 21, 2015, by Stacy Penner: A new study declares that a mass extinction is already in the works. The researchers are calling for action to conserve threatened species, populations, and habitat. Read More.


  • Regional Program Summer tour, Grand Forks, June 22-24, 2015
  • PNWER Annual Summit, Big Sky Montana July 12-16, 2015
  • 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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Featured Resources

Don’t Let it Loose Rack Card

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

Grow Me Instead Booklet (2018)

Aquatic Invasives Species Rack Card

Prevention of Invasive Species in BC