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ISCBC Enews May 2016

Hello from ISCBC!

Welcome Spring! Goodbye invasives! We wish it were that easy. Read below about how you can STILL enter our photo contest, but only until FRIDAY! Don't miss out on a chance to win some great prizes including a Go-Pro Camera!   

Register quickly for ISCBC's next lunch-time webinar, "Mussels and Mutts: The Alberta Conservation Canine Program" on Wednesday June 8th. Educators - check out the new teacher resource on aquatic invasive species, and if you're in the Cariboo - don't miss the upcoming Aquatic Invasive Species Workshop on June 16th! Read articles below about employment in the Capital area, some recent news highlights and updates... and more!

Thank you for spotting and reporting invasive species to Report-A-Weed, or call ISCBC toll free 1-888-933-3722. Keep in touch with us through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and our website.  

The ISCBC Team

A few extra days to enter the ISCBC Photo Contest!

With many last moment entries we are extending the offer to submit your photo to the ISCBC photo contest by THIS FRIDAY June 3rd!! Submit your photo to the contest by posting to Twitter or Instagram with the HASHTAG #bcinvasivescontest for your chance to win great prizes. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges. You can upload and enter as many photos as you like! If you don't have access to Twitter or Instagram, email your entry to and we will post your entry on your behalf. Good luck!! CONTEST DETAILS

ISCBC's Lunchtime Webinars

ISCBC offers a series of lunchtime webinars on special topics for sharing current invasive species information, research, new ideas, and action opportunities. We encourage anyone involved or interested in invasive species management to participate—everyone is welcome! 

Upcoming Webinars:

1) Title: Mussels and Mutts: The Alberta Conservation Canine Program
Featuring Cindy Sawchuk, Senior Integration Advisor, Alberta Provincial Government, AIS Watercraft Inspections and Conservation K-9 program lead
Date: Wednesday June 8th, 2016 from NOON - 1PM PST
Description: Alberta (like BC) is one of the few jurisdictions left in North America that is free of invasive Dreissenid mussels. The cost of an infestation in Alberta is estimated to be $75 million annually. As such, the Alberta provincial government is working to keep zebra and quagga mussels out through an Aquatic Invasive Species prevention program. Given the importance of prevention, it is imperative to incorporate tools that are effective. In 2014, the Government of Alberta partnered with irrigation stakeholders and the Montana Department of Natural Resources to pilot the use of detection dogs to detect invasive mussels on watercraft. Working Dogs for Conservation was contracted to train their canines to inspect watercraft on either side of the border in a ten day pilot. As part of this pilot a comparison trial was also conducted to compare the accuracy and efficiency of trained watercraft inspectors versus trained canines. The overwhelming success of this pilot led to the creation of the Alberta Conservation Canine Program – an innovative approach to prevent an introduction of invasive mussels. Alberta is the first jurisdiction in Canada to employ full time detection dogs at mandatory watercraft inspection stations throughout the province. REGISTER | MORE INFO/BIO

2) Title: B.C. Invasive Plant Early Detection Rapid Response: Boot Camp Without the Sweat (slender false brome, flowering rush shiny geranium)
Featuring Becky Brown, P.Ag., Invasive Plant Specialist - Provincial Early Detection Rapid Response Coordinator, B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO)
Date: Wednesday June 29th, 2016 from NOON - 1PM PST 
Description: Find out how to become involved in the BC Invasive Species Early Detection Rapid Response Program by learning how to identify and report three important candidate species for eradication. Find out where these species are located, why they are problematic, what is being done about them and how you can help! REGISTER | MORE INFO/BIO

New ISCBC Aquatic Invasive Species Education Resource

As part of Invasive Species Action Month, ISCBC is pleased to announce a new FREE educator’s resource that focuses on aquatic invasive species, their impacts, and actions to take to stop their spread. This resource package contains a range of activities suitable for grades K - 12 as well as informal educators, that includes active games, research projects, and great hands-on demonstrations. 
Aquatic Invaders: An Activity Package for Teachers and Youth Leaders (PDF)

Aquatic Invasive Species Workshop - June 16th

Aquatic Invasive Species of Concern in the Cariboo 
Learn about aquatic invasive species of concern in the Cariboo region in this FREE one-day workshop! Help protect the Cariboo from harmful aquatic invaders, including flowering rush, goldfish, smallmouth bass and yellow flag iris. Hear from the experts about new management and research efforts, and how you can a difference to prevent further introduction and spread. 
Date: Thursday, June 16th from 11:00am - 4:00pm 
Location: Billy Barker Casino Hotel 308 McLean Street, Quesnel, BC 
Questions/Register: or call ISCBC: 1-888-933-3722 or REGISTER ONLINE

Employment Opportunity

Invasive Species Treatment Contractor
An invasive plant treatment contractor for the 2016 season is needed to treat Knotweed, Hogweed and other high priority species in the Capital Region area. Read More.

NEWS: 2 Gwaii Haanas national park islands declared rat free

CBC News, May 19, 2016 by Maryse Zeidler: Parks Canada says it has wiped out invasive rats on two islands in Haida Gwaii, BC, helping important seabirds species recover by doing so. Read more.

NEWS: B.C. provides $1.7 million in grants to fight invasive plants

BC Government News, April 22, 2016: The B.C. government is distributing over $1.7 million in new grants to help control the spread of invasive plants in the province (photo: Parliamentary Secretary Donna Barnett with ISCBC Executive Director, Gail Wallin). Read more.

NEWS: University of Windsor invasive species research centre closes

CBC News, May 27, 2016: A national research group, the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network, based at the University of Windsor is closing because it's run out of federal funding. Read more.

NEWS: Indian Head Man Snags Record Breaking 18.42 Pound Snakehead

Southern Maryland Online, Annapolis, May 26, 2016: Emory (Dutch) Baldwin III was wrapping up a night of stalking northern snakehead along the Maryland side of the Potomac River when he decided to check the flats near Marshall Hall to see if the blue catfish had moved up into the grass. Read more.

NEWS: Vernon MLA Report: Invasive species must be stopped

Vernon Morning Star, May 25, 2016 by Erin Foster: Invasive species are unwelcome intruders on the natural environment we hold dear. Some of those spring blossoms you’re seeing this spring might not be native to B.C. Read more.

NEWS: House measure supports shippers on ballast water dumping

The Province, May 24, 2016, by John Flesher: TRAVERSE CITY, Mich - A plan would establish a nationwide policy for dumping ballast water into U.S. waterways that environmental groups say would open the door to more invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels. Read more.

NEWS: Weed Seeds Order Amendments

CFIA: Amendments to the Weed Seeds Order (WSO) reflect the potential risks posed by weed species in Canada. These changes come into force on November 1, 2016. The revised WSO includes harmful new species that have been identified and has reclassified existing species based on the most recent information about their distribution. The revisions also include the new species of weed seeds to the Class 1 Prohibited Noxious category of the WSO that are already on the list of regulated plant pests in Canada and are thought likely to move through seed. Read More | CFIA list of Regulated Plant Pets


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Featured Resources

Aquatic Invaders: An Activity Package for Teachers and Youth Leaders (2016)

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Invasive Plants in Agriculture and Horticulture

Prevention of Invasive Species in BC

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