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Hi <<First Name>>,

First of all, we'd like to thank everyone for supporting the INVASIVES 2017 Forum & AGM, held in Richmond, February 7 & 8th, where more than 160 individuals from across BC, North America and even Ireland, came together to network and share their knowledge of and expertise on invasive species. The Forum was a huge success and we can't wait to launch INVASIVES 2018!
INVASIVES 2017 - ISCBCs Annual Forum & AGM
Forum Attendees
Click here for Highlights of INVASIVES 2017
Over two action-filled days, participants heard from 20 expert speakers who addressed many topics of special interest including climate change and invasives, trends in environmental education, and steps needed for successful partnerships.

Participants enjoyed thought provoking and humorous keynote speakers including Tim Readman of the Stroke Recovery Association of BC and Joe Caffrey of INVAS Biosecurity in Ireland. Speakers offered interesting perspectives on partnerships and the challenges and opportunities of tackling invasives elsewhere in the world.

Please visit our INVASIVES 2017 Highlights webpage for a more detailed Forum Summary, speaker presentations and summaries, additional photos, video highlights (coming soon).

Thank You to all INVASIVES 2017 Sponsors

Thank you to our amazing sponsors and supporters for helping make this event a true success toward greater collaborations, connections and more positive actions on invasive species in BC!
Thanks to our sponsors

Call for Input on the Invasive Species Strategy of BC

It's not too late! You can still provide input on the Invasive Species Strategy of BC:

1. Provincial SurveyHelp us measure how we have done collectively towards reaching the goals set out for invasive species management in BC since 2012! This information will help determine a baseline to measure progress against as we continue to move forward. The more reports we receive from organizations and individuals working on invasive species issues, the more accurate the baseline will be. Please take 20-45 minutes to complete by clicking here.

**Provincial Survey deadline extended to March 10th - Don't miss your opportunity! 
Complete the Provincial Survey Today
2. Provide your input online - Input on how to revise the Strategy for 2018-2022 is needed and welcomed. Where do you want to see invasive species management by 2022? You still have time! Please provide your thoughts on any one of the Solutions, Goals or overall structure by clicking here
**Online input deadline is 4 pm PST on March 17th.
Provide Input on the Strategy Online Now
3. Participate in the Aboriginal Online Workshop - we invite representatives of various indigenous groups and/or initiatives to provide input on how to revise the Strategy during an interactive Aboriginal Online Workshop being held March 22nd from 9 am - 10 am PSTRegister today for the online workshop.
**Workshop registration deadline is 4 pm PST on March 17th
Register for the Aboriginal Online Workshop on the Strategy

"Aboriginal Community Toolkit for Invasive Plant Management" Online Workshop

The ISCBC is currently reviewing and updating the Aboriginal Community Toolkit for Invasive Plant Management, and we need your input. The ‘toolkit’ was developed in 2011 as a resource to help Indigenous communities across BC reduce the impact of invasive plants to reserves and neighboring lands. The ISCBC would like to update the toolkit to reflect management for all invasive species, including plants. The ISCBC needs your input to make this a functional and usable resource for Indigenous groups across British Columbia. We would like to invite you to attend a one-hour workshop that will provide you with the opportunity to discuss your ideas on how to improve this resource.  Register today for the Aboriginal "Toolkit" workshop.
Workshop date and time: March 21st, 2017 from 9 am - 10 am PST
Registration deadline: Please register by March 17th, 2017 at 4 pm PST.
Register for the Aboriginal "Toolkit" Workshop Now

Invasive Species Research Conference Call for Abstracts Extended to March 15th!

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Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and the Invasive Species Council of BC invite invasive species researchers and practitioners, working on any taxonomic group, across the Pacific Northwest and beyond to participate to share their findings at the Invasive Species Research Conference - Turning Science into Action at TRU in Kamloops, BC, June 20th - 22nd, 2017.
Call for Abstracts extended to March 15th: TRU and ISCBC invite proposals for themes and the submission of research abstracts for oral presentations, poster presentations and/oror lightning talks by the deadline of March 15th, 2017
Why attend? The Invasive Species Research Conference combines two renowned keynote speakers, Dr. Daniel Simberloff and Dr. Anthony Ricciardi, field trips, and lightning talks with a series of oral and poster presentations of scientific research - all in the beautiful location of Kamloops, BC. View the Conference agenda here.
Submit your Invasive Species Research Abstract Now

Our Next Webinar is on eDNA, March 29th

Dr. Davon Callendar photoJoin our next Wednesday lunchtime webinar on March 29th at 12 pm with Dr. Davon Callendar of DFO's Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo BC. 

Read more and register today to join this webinar!

Davon's presentation will explore the use of environmental DNA metabarcoding to detect invasive fish species in water bodies with the goal of developing the best approach to eDNA metabarcoding fish detection in BC lakes. 
Register now for the eDNA & Invasive Fish Webinar

Join the Boating Industry Workshop

The Ministry of Environment (MOE), in partnership with ISCBC, will be hosting five free workshops for ISCBC Boating Initiativemembers of the boating industry this April. Anyone involved with the boating industry is welcome, including marina owners and staff, commercial boat haulers, marine operators and boat dealers. The purpose of the workshop is to collaborate with boating industry professionals and raise awareness about aquatic invasive species (AIS). Content will include the Clean Drain Dry program, legislation, decontamination and quarantine protocols, requirements of boaters and how to work with MOE. If you are involved in the boating industry, join us to help continue to prevent the introduction and spread of AIS through recreational boating.

The workshops will be held in the following locations:

  • North Vancouver: April 4th, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm PST at Delbrook Community Recreation Centre 
  • Richmond: April 5th, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm PST at Sea Island Community Centre
  • Kelowna: April 19th, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm PST at Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites
  • Salmon Arm: April 20th, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm PST at Prestige Harbourfront Resort & Convention Centre
  • Cranbrook: April 27th, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm MST at Best Western Cranbrook Hotel
Register for Boating Industry Workshop Today

Join the Invasive Species Aboriginal Working Group

In February of 2017, the Invasive Species Council of BC hosted an Aboriginal Workshop with the goal of providing a venue to allow for the free exchange of invasive species information for Indigenous groups across BC.  Through the workshop, strategies to strengthen partnerships were discussed and key actions were identified.  The first action identified was to re-establish the Aboriginal Working Group. The purpose of this group is to provide guidance on the development, implementation, and review of Invasive Species programs and projects related to indigenous people and community interests.  Membership to this group is open and inclusive to anyone interested in invasive species management.
How to join: If you are interested in participating in the group, please contact Jake Archie:
Phone:  (250) 305-1003 ext. 108.
We look forward to your input!
Thank you again for your help and interest in reducing the impacts of invasive species to British Columbia - together we are making a difference.
Gail Wallin
Executive Director
Invasive Species Council of BC
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