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ISCBC Enews September 2015

Hello from ISCBC!

Now that fall has arrived, it's a good opportunity to tidy and winterize your yard and remove invasive plants that may be lurking. In doing so, please use proper disposal methods: bag all invasive plants and plant parts for burning/landfill (inquire at your local landfill about the right place for invasive plants); and remember never to compost invasive plants, as this could cause further spread! Taking action now will help prepare a healthier garden for next spring!

Check out our upcoming webinars on priority topics, and Call for Tables applications for INVASIVES 2016. 

Thank you for spotting and reporting invasive plants and species to Report-A-Weed, or call ISCBC toll free 1-888-933-3722. We hope you enjoy this month's enews. Keep in touch with us through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and our website.

The ISCBC Team

INVASIVES 2016: Call for Applications to Host a Table

Registration is open for INVASIVES 2016: ISCBC's Public Forum & AGM, Feb. 2-3, 2016, at Pacific Gateway Hotel in Richmond, BC. Enjoy two action-filled days of learning, networking and sharing with colleagues from across North America, and take advantage of early bird rates until Dec. 15th, 2015. 

ISCBC is calling for applications to Host a Table for a 1.5 hour, concurrent session on Day Two of INVASIVES 2016, with tables selected based on high priority topics in the field of invasive species. To apply, please email Danielle Toperczer at with the following information no later than December 4th, 2015:
•    Your name and Organization
•    Topic and Title of your table
•    Brief description of the information you will have available at your table

Thank you for your submissions as forum planning continues! LEARN MORE | REGISTER


ISCBC is offering live webinars that 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 is welcome!

Dr. Sam Chan, University of Oregon
Title: "Key Aquatic Invasive Plants in the Pacific Northwest"
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 7th, 2015, Noon – 1pm PST
Dr. Sam Chan will provide a session on several key aquatic invasive plants to be aware of and on the lookout for in BC. Areas covered include life history, ID tips and current distribution. REGISTER | MORE DETAILS

Andrew Suarez, University of Illinois
Title: "Behavioural Approaches to the Study of Invasions"
Date: Wednesday Oct. 21, 2015, Noon - 1pm PST
Andrew Suarez will discuss the behavioural approaches to his research, which suggests Argentine ants and fire ants are able to monopolize plant-based resources in introduced populations while being more predatory in their native ranges. Changes in trophic biology may allow introduced ant populations to attain higher worker densities relative to their native range where they co-exist with other ants in species rich communities. To examine the role of opportunity in invasion, Andrew's research team is developing a database of ants intercepted in quarantine in the U.S., with data to be used to examine why some species succeed as invaders while others do not. REGISTER | MORE DETAILS  

NEWS: B.C. Remains Free of Invasive Mussels

Kelowna Now, Sept. 3, 2015 by Cassandra Jeffery: Thanks to solid communication, BC's invasive mussel defense program experienced a successful pilot year, inspecting over 3,200 boats. Read more.

NEWS: Learn the Facts about Mountain Pine Beetle

Learn the facts about the forest invasive, Mountain Pine Beetle, and use the tips provided by the Invasive Species Centre to reduce their harmful impacts - you can make a difference! Read More.

NEWS: Invasives for sale in East Kootenay

Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Aug. 26, 2015, by Barry Coulter: It may strike one as surreal, but in the midst of an on-going awareness campaign about invasive species and an on-going battle against them, some of these species are for sale to gardeners in the East Kootenay. Read more.

NEWS: Pilot project for invasive puncturevine showing promise

Osoyoos Times, Sept. 16, 2015 by Keith Lacey: A pilot research project designed to tackle the problems associated with puncturevine in Osoyoos is showing promising results. Read more.

NEWS: Five things to know if you’ve got Japanese Knotweed

Tamworth Herald (UK), Sept. 8, 2015: Does your garden contain the 'thug' of the plant world, Japanese knotweed? If so, here are five things you need to know. Read more.

NEWS: Superbug released to fight Japanese Knotweed in Britain

Western Morning News (UK), Sept. 23, 2015: A superbug has been imported to Britain and released in the hope of stopping the rampant spread of one of the biggest garden menaces - Japanese Knotweed. Read more.

NEWS: Pitcher Plant Pitches in Against Invasive Hornet

Canada Free Press, Sept. 21, 2015, by Wes Porter: By a strange turn of fate, Canada’s Purple Pitcher Plant, Sarracenia purpurea, is assisting France in its battle the invasive and aggressive Asia hornet. Read more.

STUDY: Researchers to try to map genome of zebra mussel Press, Sept. 15, 2015, by Dave Orrick: University of Minnesota scientists will try to be the first in the world to map the entire genetic sequence of Dreissena polymorpha, aka the zebra mussel. Read more.

STUDY: Eurasian Cuckoos Cross the Bering Strait

Nature World News, by Samantha Mathewson, Sept. 17, 2015: According to a University of Tennessee study, Eurasian birds are invading North America by crossing the Bering Strait, and it is having a negative effect on native species. Read more.


  • 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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