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ISCBC Enews May 2015

Hello from ISCBC!

June is Invasive Species Action Month in BC! We encourage you to learn more about the many invasive plants and animals that are causing concern. Over the month of June ISCBC will highlight new webinars, information sheets, special 'Species-a-Day' profiles, and youth activity resources that reflect provincial programs and audiences:

  • Don’t Let It Loose: Pet and aquarium owners, stores
  • Horticulture and Agriculture: PlantWise, gardening tips, ranching
  • Aquatic Invasive Species: Clean Drain Dry, mussel and aquatic plant identification
  • Outdoor recreation: Burn it where you Buy it; Play Clean Go  

Let's protect BC and take action at local events—Learn more at [under construction]. We hope you enjoy this month's enews. Keep in touch with us through Facebook, Twitter, and our website. 

The ISCBC Team

Don't Let it Loose!

The launch of a province-wide campaign, Don’t Let It Loose, will approach pet and aquarium owners and pet stores during Invasive Species Action Month. A brochure, factsheet, logo and decal will be part of the campaign launch, and be available to download. Stay tuned for more details!

Be 'PlantWise:' choose non-invasive alternatives

Be 'PlantWise' this spring! ISCBC is delivering the 2015 PlantWise program, connecting with and encouraging garden centres to participate and spread the word to customers to choose non-invasive alternatives. A 'PlantWise' website and mobile application are also in development, with release targeted this summer. These web services will enable people to discover what the horticulturally invasive plants of concern are in their region/hardiness zone, suggested non-invasive alternatives, and participating garden centres - useful tools for gardeners and the public alike! Read More about PlantWise

Clean, Drain, Dry your boat

Boating season has arrived with warmer temperatures hitting much of the province, so while you're out enjoying BC's pristine lakes and rivers, let's all keep an eye open for aquatic hitchhikers like Eurasian watermilfoil, and especially zebra and quagga mussels, by practicing Clean, Drain, Dry! Prevention actions are the best solution to keep unwanted aquatic invaders from entering BC. Make your commitment today and help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species from the ISCBC website. Read More about Clean, Drain, Dry 

NEWS: Snapping turtle gets a safe home

Alberni Valley Times, May 20, 2015: A couple of local children had a surprise when they saw what they thought was a large rock on the road was actually something a lot more interesting—a snapping turtle. Read More

NEWS: Invasive mussels intercepted on boat bound for Sylvan Lake (AB)

Global News, May 20, 2015, by Karen Bartko: EDMONTON — There was a close call on May long weekend, when the mussels were found on a boat bound for one of central Alberta's most popular lakes, Sylvan Lake. Read More

NEWS: Teams decontaminating boats

24 Hours Vancouver, May 13, 2015, by Michael Mui: Three teams of B.C. conservation officers are training to roam the province looking for and decontaminating boats carrying the dreaded invasive zebra and quagga mussels. The officers were funded as part of a $1.3-million announcement to address the early detection of the mussels. Read More 

NEWS: Beneficial ants being mistaken for invasive species, May 4, 2015: PENTICTON - A beneficial native species of ant is being mistaken for an invasive species that doesn’t, according to Dr. Robert Higgins, Thompson Rivers University researcher, who wants to stop the invasive species from getting a foothold in the region. Read More

Spring ideal time to inspect for Japanese knotweed Mail, May 9, 2015, by Toby Walne (UK BLOG): Spring provides an ideal time to enjoy plants budding into life in the garden – and to inspect for any nasty Japanese knotweed at the same time. Read More

Policeman's Helmet: Beautiful, but blacklisted University of Science and Technology, May 7, 2015: If you have this beautiful flower in your garden, you should uproot it before the seed pods explode, releasing thousands of seeds. It spreads like the black plague. Read More

BLOG: How gardeners can control garlic mustard

Press-Gazette Media, May 17, 2015, by Vijai Pandian (BLOG - Wisconsin): For gardeners, weeds are their worst enemy, and invasive plants are their worst nightmare, including the pernicious nature of garlic mustard and its effects on woodland forests. Read More

BLOG: Eating garlic mustard: A tasty way to fight invasive plants

CBC News (ON), May 14, 2015, by Jonathan Pinto (BLOG): Windsor Morning's Jonathan Pinto enlists in the fight against invasive species by eating them. Read More

NEWS: Ranchers raise concerns in East Kootenay

Cranbrook Daily Townsman, May 4, 2015 by Trevor Crawley: Invasive weeds and mud bogging were two topics brought up by local ranchers who recently met with Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett. Ranchers are concerned that rangeland is slowly being taken over by invasive weeds. Read More

NEWS: B.C. fishermen offered reward for catching pike

CBC News Radio West, May 1, 2015: The provincial government is offering fisherman in southeastern B.C. a reward if they catch pike in the hopes it will stop an influx of the invasive species to the region. Read More

NEWS: A New Way to Stop Invasive Pests – Clean Recreation

The U.S. Forest Service is encouraging visitors to the nation’s forests and grasslands, to not only enjoy all there is out there, but to play safe and play clean. One example of this outreach effort is the PlayCleanGo: Stop Invasive Species In Your Tracks campaign. Read More

NEWS: WSU wants to turn goo from weed prickly lettuce into rubber

Seattle Times, May 10, 2015 by Erik Lacitis: Years from now, you might read about a startup that’ll manufacture rubber tires from a common weed found in Washington. It’s called prickly lettuce, and gardeners are very familiar with it. Read More

NEWS: Oregon food processor wants to turn invasive carp into organic fertilizer

Herald & News, May 19, 2015: A new project in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge intends to turn today’s invasive fish, common carp, into tomorrow’s organic fertilizer. Read More

NEW BOOK: Invasive Species and Global Climate Change

A newly published book, 'Invasive Species and Global Climate Change,' edited by L Ziska, USDA-ARS, USA, J Dukes, examines what will happen to global invasive species, including plants, animals and pathogens with current and expected man-made climate change. Learn More


  • 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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