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ISCBC ENEWS - October 2014

Hello from the ISCBC!

We are pleased to have co-hosted the recently held international conference, Weeds Across Borders this month. Thank you to everyone who made this joint session between Canada, the United States, and Mexico a positive and successful event toward more strategic and effective cross-border collaborations.

A new independent Communications Review Panel for BC is being established, and a call for nominations is now underway. Please see details below.

ISCBC is proud to announce an engaging and exciting "Together in Action" Awards Program that celebrates the work of those preventing the introduction of invasive species or reducing their impacts and spread. Find out more below about submitting a nomination.

Registration for Invasives 2015: ISCBC's 10th Anniversary Forum & AGM is NOW OPEN! Enjoy early bird rates, see event details in the draft Agenda, and find out how you can host a table during Day 2!

Be sure to take advantage of the newest resources that are available to support the coordinated efforts of the countless folks across BC who are working to stem the spread of invasive species. One such resource is a new one-day training course on invasive species, accompanied by a half-day module on aquatic invasives, developed in partnership between the ISCBC and TransCanada Corporation. Also, there's still time to register for the upcoming webinar on invasive ants, being held November 4th with Dr. Robert Higgins of Thompson Rivers University.

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

Webinar on Invasive Ants Nov. 4th

ISCBC is continuing its successful webinar series, with one-hour presentations each month. Register for the next webinar featuring Dr. Rob Higgins from Thompson Rivers University speaking on "Invasive Ants of Canada: an Emerging Issue," to be held Tuesday Nov. 4th, 2014 at 1pm PST. Read the abstract and register online!

We invite your suggestions for webinar speakers or topics of interest. Please send suggestions to If you have missed previous presentations, the recorded webinars are posted online

Call for Nominations - BC Communications Review Panel

Are you a communicator working in invasive species management? Are you willing to work strategically with peers from other organizations to make a difference in getting out messages across BC? Nominations are open for communications experts working in invasive species to serve on the new independent Communications Review Panel, that will review and coordinate invasive species communications in BC. READ MORE

NEW One-Day Course on Invasive Species!

ISCBC, in partnership with TransCanada Corporation, is pleased to announce a new training program on invasive species in BC, with a special focus on BC’s north, titled "Invasive Species in BC—You Can Help Prevent the Spread!" 

This one day workshop, along with one additional module, will support concerned citizens and natural resources workers across BC’s north in identifying key invasive species, understanding their huge economic and environmental impacts, and learning how they can be prevented and managed. READ MORE

ISCBC Together in Action Awards Program 2015 Call for Nominations

ISCBC is proud to announce an engaging and exciting "Together in Action" Awards Program that celebrates the work of those preventing the introduction of invasive species or reducing their impacts and spread. It is important to celebrate and honour the work that is done every day around the province to manage invasive species through raising awareness, education and training, hands-on action, research and leadership. 

ISCBC will award nominees in four categories: Individual; Organization; Government; and Youth/Student. We invite you to review the criteria for each award, and nominate a worthy colleague before November 30th, 2014

The successful nominees will be announced at the ISCBC’s 2015 Forum on January 20th and 21st in Richmond, BC. NOMINATION FORM / READ MORE

ISCBC Co-hosts Weeds Across Borders 2014

Professionals and organizations working in invasive species management from Canada, the United States and Mexico gathered in Ottawa for Weeds Across Borders from October 14-17, 2014, an international conference about preventing and stopping invasive species from spreading.

Hosted by the Canadian Council on Invasive Species with the support of an international advisory committee, Weeds Across Borders is a biennial conference that was last held in 2012 in Mexico. This year, the Invasive Species Council of BC acted as co-chair along with the Alberta Invasive Species Council.

Speaker presentations will be available from the ISCBC and CCIS websites soon—stay tuned for announcements. Thank you to all Weeds Across Borders sponsors, funders and supporters for making this conference a resounding success! 

Read CBC News (Ottawa) coverage Oct. 14th: Invasive species experts want more involvement from public

Registration is Open! INVASIVES 2015: ISCBC's 10th Anniversary Forum & AGM

Registration is now OPEN for the ISCBC’s highly anticipated 10th anniversary forum and AGM, being held on January 20th and 21st. Be sure to join a special evening Awards Gala where awards will be handed to individuals and organizations that have shown exemplary actions in invasive species management.

Also, don’t miss the keynote address by host of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks, Bob McDonald, and his perspective on invasive species.

INVASIVES 2015 is a tremendous opportunity to liaise with experts and hear updates, advancements, and challenges facing the world of invasive species. Presentations and panel discussions will be held on Tuesday January 20th and Wednesday January 21st, 2015, followed on January 22nd by your choice of special workshops on horticulture and next steps, and early detection, rapid response training on prohibited species. Held at the Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel, Richmond, BC, this interesting and informative two-day forum will include keynote addresses and multiple sessions (some concurrent), comprised of invited and contributed presentations.

Call for Applications to Host a Table: The forum will host a concurrent session of multiple tables focusing on high interest invasive species-related topics. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful one-on-one dialogue during this session. There are a limited number of tables available, and priority will be given to the following topics: 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 by November 21st, 2014. ​HOST A TABLE (pdf)
Our 10th anniversary celebration promises a special glimpse into our ten-year expedition of challenges and achievements, as well as future directions. More detailed announcements will be made as planning continues. We look forward to seeing you there! REGISTER | DRAFT AGENDA (as of Oct. 30)  

NEWS: Invasive moth that poses threat to B.C.’s ecology and economy found in Surrey

The Now Newspaper, Oct. 20, 2014, by Amy Reid: CLOVERDALE — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has found a foreign pest that “poses a threat to B.C.’s ecology and economy” in the Cloverdale area of Surrey.

The province considers the European gypsy moth, also known as Lymantria dispar, to be a “threat to B.C.’s ecology and economy.”

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is partnering with the CFIA to eradicate the pest before it becomes established in the city. READ MORE

NEWS: Biosurveillance Efforts Aim to Protect Canadian Forestry Industry, Oct. 16, 2014 by Alex Keown: A $2.43 million research project will develop DNA biosurveillance tools to detect invasive species such as the Asian gypsy moth and a plant pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death and protect Canada's forestry and lumber industries.

The project, funded in part by Genome BC, is aimed at protecting more than 400 million hectares of forests. Invasive species damaging forested areas are responsible for the loss of approximately $90 million annually. Forestry-related industries account for 9.2 percent of Canada’s gross domestic product. READ MORE

NEWS: Japanese knotweed: Tiny insect could finally tame Britain’s most invasive plant

The Independent (UK), Oct. 21, 2014: Fallopia japonica, the one-time toast of Victorian horticulture, which under its English name of Japanese knotweed, is now considered Britain’s most pernicious invasive plant, may have finally met its match in a two millimetre-long insect.

The shrub plucked from the sides of Japanese volcanoes in the 19th century and imported to Europe as a medal-winning ornamental has become a botanical menace, resisting chemical control and causing £170m of damage to buildings each year as it forces its way through concrete and brickwork.

Scientists who have spent the last four years studying one of the plant’s natural predators believe they may have hit upon of a method of taming the floral thug by unleashing a tiny sap-sucking insect upon it on test sites across the country. READ MORE

NEWS: Divers try spoon feeding lionfish to sharks, a method that could come back to bite them

Washington Post, Oct. 19, 2014, by Darryl Fears: In the war against invasive lionfish, Andrés Jiménez has taken up one of the oldest weapons used by humans: the spear.

Jiménez thinks this is a novel approach to help rid the Caribbean Ocean of a growing menace. He skewers the colorful fish into a kabob, swims to coral in a marine sanctuary off the coast of Cuba and holds it bleeding and squirming under the jaws of reef sharks.

The idea is to get sharks to develop a taste for a fish they are not accustomed to eating. That’s right, Jiménez, who co-manages a dive operation in the Gardens of the Queen National Marine Park, is trying to teach one of the Caribbean’s biggest predators to eat a new type of fish. READ MORE

Events Calendar

  • Bi-Annual IVMA Conference, Richmond, BC, Oct. 28-30, 2014
  • Invasive Ant Webinar, Nov. 4, 2014
  • Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver Annual Fall Forum, Nov. 19, 2014
  • INVASIVES 2015: ISCBC Public Forum, AGM & 10th Anniversary, Jan. 20-21, 2015
  • 8th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 24 - 26, 2015


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