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Marina & Boating Industry Workshops - Register Today
Join us for an important workshop series being offered across BC. The Invasive Species Council of BC in partnership with the BC Ministry of Environment (MOE) is hosting free workshops for members of the boating industry this month. Regulated boat inspections will take place province-wide this coming season – be prepared by learning about the up-to-date guidelines and how they impact your industry, how to be an industry ambassador and how to work with MOE and the boat inspections. You will also be providing input on upcoming industry best practices and what to keep an eye out for in the future.
These 90-minute sessions are a great opportunity to access important resources around current emergency issues for the industry, meet the provincial Invasive Mussel team from the BC Ministry of Environment, and learn how to become one of the first leading “invasive-wise” businesses in the province.
The workshops will be held in the following locations and pre-registration is required:
• Kelowna: April 19th, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT at Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites
• Salmon Arm: April 20th, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm PDT at Prestige Harbourfront Resort & Convention Centre
• Cranbrook: April 27th, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm MDT at Best Western Cranbrook Hotel
Tackling Aquatic Invasive Parrot's Feather in
Date: Wednesday, April 19th at 12 pm PDT Presenter: Taryn Hesketh, Environmental Coordinator, City of Richmond Overview: Parrot’s Feather is an aquatic invasive plant likely introduced to Richmond’s waterways by the act of dumping an unwanted aquarium. This presentation will provide an overview of this species identification, how it spreads and the issues it has posed for Richmond’s waterways. Also, this presentation will discuss successes and challenges of applied trials in an effort to control this invasive species and best management practices the City has implemented for their operations crews working within and around Parrot’s Feather.
New Invasive Plant Species of Concern to BC’s Grasslands
Date: Wednesday, May 17th at 12 pm PDT Presenter: Becky Brown, BC Ministry of Environment
Summary: Invasive plants can threaten our natural resources, infrastructure, and the health of people, animals and our environment. We have an opportunity to avoid these risks from plants that are new or not yet present in the province. The provincial Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) Program seeks to identify, contain and eradicate new invasive species early before this opportunity is lost. This talk will focus on several new invasive plant species that pose significant threats to BC’s grasslands, including how to identify and report them and the most likely places they will occur.
Invasive Species Research Conference -
Register as an Early Bird by May 1st and Save!
Join Dr. Daniel Simberloff, Dr. Anthony Ricciardi and fellow invasive species researchers and practitioners at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, June 20 - 22, 2017! The Invasive Species Research Conference features keynote presenters, a series of themed presentations, field trips, a workshop on research priorities and some fun optional excursions in and around beautiful Kamloops. Read more about the Invasive Species Research Conference here and save by registering by May 1st!
ISCBC is recruiting for a variety of positions in locations across BC!
We are recruiting for a number of positions, pending funding, in locations including Victoria, Williams Lake, Vernon, Revelstoke and Kamloops. These positions include crew members, education and outreach roles, supervisory and student positions. Successful applicants will work with a strong and supportive staff team and have the ability to work with respected leaders and mentors across BC. Read the full job descriptions here and apply by the deadline to not miss out!
The third National Invasive Species Forum was held in Ottawa Feb 28 - March 2, 2017 and attracted a diverse attendance of almost 100 participants from across Canada and beyond, including practitioners, provincial invasive species organizations, stewardship groups, invasive species researchers, local, provincial and federal governments. Presenters came from as far as the European Union, Michigan, and right across Canada from Prince Edward Island to the Yukon and British Columbia. Read the National Invasive Species Forum Highlights here and view the presentations (as PDFs) here.
Enter the BC Invasives Video Contest for the Chance to Win!
Make a short form video of taking action on invasive species in BC for the chance to win some great prizes! Entering will be simple - from your cell phone, directly through our website or via social media using the dedicated contest hashtag #BCinvasivescontest. The contest will launch soon, so start thinking about how you're going to make your winning video! Read more on BCinvasivesmonth.com.
Be Part of the Action in Your Community
Regional Committees and stewardship organizations across BC are hosting an exciting array of events and activities to raise awareness of invasive species and their impacts to BC. Click here for a full listing of events happening across BC and join a community event in Your Area. Reply to this email if you have events you would like to post!