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ISCBC Enews - November 2014

Hello from the ISCBC!

Giving Tuesday, a nation-wide event, is approaching quickly on Dec. 2nd, and we encourage you to mark your calendars and join the action that day!

Register now for INVASIVES 2015, our tenth anniversary forum. There are opportunities for early bird rates, hosting a table on unique topics, participating in our evening Awards Gala, and much more! 

The ISCBC is also facilitating the formation of an independent BC Communications Review Panel for invasive species, and a call for applications is underway. Please consider nominating key communications personnel within your organization. We hope you enjoy this month's enews. Learn more by keeping in touch with us through Facebook, Twitter, and our website.

The ISCBC Team

Give back to BC on Giving Tuesday Dec. 2nd

ISCBC is participating in Giving Tuesday on December 2nd, an international movement and Canada’s national day of charitable giving. You can make a difference on Dec. 2nd.

Your donation supports actions toward the increased prevention, detection and management of invasive species in British Columbia. Thank you! LEARN MORE 

Invasive species organizations will create North American Invasive Species Framework

ISCBC NEWS RELEASE Nov. 10, 2014 – Williams Lake, BC: Following Weeds Across Borders, the bi-annual gathering of professionals and organizations working in invasive species management from Canada, the United States and Mexico, a North America Invasive Species Framework will be created to link existing federal plans, national strategies, and to identify shared priorities and monitoring indicators to prevent and contain invasive species across the continent. READ MORE 

Call for Nominations to B.C. Communications Review Panel

Do you have a specialty in the Communications field? Are you someone who could help provide strategic guidance around communications for multiple-stakeholder initiatives in BC? Do you have an interest in invasive species and their impacts in British Columbia? If you are or you know someone who is, then nominate someone to join the new, independent BC Communication’s Review Panel for invasive species communications. LEARN MORE

Register for INVASIVES 2015: ISCBC's 10th Anniversary Forum & AGM

Register today for ISCBC’s highly anticipated 10th anniversary forum and AGM, INVASIVES 2015 January 20th and 21st. Don’t miss the evening Awards Gala or the keynote address by Bob McDonald, host of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks. INVASIVES 2015 is a tremendous opportunity to liaise with experts and hear updates, advancements, and challenges facing the world of invasive species. Our 10th anniversary celebration promises a special glimpse into our ten-year expedition of challenges and achievements, as well as future directions. Register now to meet your colleagues in invasive species work at the Pacific Gateway Hotel Vancouver Airport in Richmond, BC. LEARN MORE & REGISTER

Call for Applications to Host a Table at INVASIVES 2015:

The INVASIVES 2015 forum will host a concurrent session of multiple tables focusing on high interest invasive species with related topics for meaningful one-on-one dialogue. We are looking for hosts for topics on: EDRR; Invasive ants; Hawkweed; Spartina; Regional Committee tools; Agriculture app; Plantwise; Clean, Drain, Dry; Youth; First Nations; and Biocontrol. To apply, please email Danielle Toperczer at with your name, organization, topic and title of your table, and a brief description of the information you will share. MORE DETAILS 

Test your Knowledge: Interactive Weed Match Test

Try this online interactive weed match test to see if you can correctly identify ten invasive weed species. Match the flower to its plant to learn more about the weed's origin, its effect on the environment and links for information on how to eradicate or manage that weed on your farm or ranch. READ MORE

NEWS: Plant library takes on the global weeds menace, Nov. 11, 2014: At-risk native plants worldwide have gained a new ally in their losing battle against aggressive and insidious feral weeds. International scientists have developed a database with in-depth information on over 600 plant species. READ MORE

NEWS: Protecting Canada’s Forests Using Next Generation Biosurveillance

Genome British Columbia, Oct. 15, 2014, VANCOUVER, BC (Marketwired)—A new $2.43 million research project, funded in part by Genome BC, has been approved to develop state of the art DNA biosurveillance detection tools for operational deployment. Preventing the introduction and establishment of Invasive Alien Species (IAS) such as the Asian gypsy moth and other forest pests, will protect forests and trees and also maintain Canada's pest-free status to ensure market access for Canadian forest exports. READ MORE

NEWS: New study in US and Europe shows how invasive plant species fare better than natives, Oct. 27, 2014 by Alison Satake: LSU ecologist James Cronin and colleague Laura Meyerson from the University of Rhode Island conducted an ambitious large-scale study on the native and invasive species of reed, Phragmites australis, in North America and Europe funded by the National Science Foundation. They found that the intensity of plant invasions by non-native species can vary considerably with changes in latitude. READ MORE 

The Twelve Days of Christmas – aquatic invasive species awareness style!

‘Tis the season to spread some holiday cheer and, of course, some aquatic invasive species awareness! The Michigan Sea Grant Extension, a member of the regional Great Lakes Sea Grant Network, collaborated in 2013 to raise awareness of aquatic invasive species and spread some holiday cheer. Learn about key aquatic invasives like zebra and quagga mussels, gobies, carp, lampreys, phragmites, and clean, drain, dry practices happening beyond BC in this fun collaborative article. READ MORE

  • Giving Tuesday, nation-wide donations event, Dec. 2, 2014
  • INVASIVES 2015: ISCBC Anniversary Forum & AGM, Jan. 20-21, 2015
  • 8th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 24 - 26, 2015


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