Happy New Year! We are excited to enter a new year of challenge and opportunities as we continue to work together to reduce the impacts of invasive species on BC's environment, economy and society.
There is less than one month until our biggest event of the year: INVASIVES 2017. Read some of our speaker profiles and take the opportunity to register and save as an early bird! Nominate a student for the inaugural Together in Action Student Leadership Award. Register for our first webinar of 2017, with Marine Ecologist Jeff Adams of Washington State University. If you know someone interested in a new career opportunity through the Pesticide Applicators Course, please forward this email to them!
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Call for ISCBC Board of Director Nominations
Are you interested in joining the Board of Directors of the Invasive Species Council of BC? Or, do you know someone you think would be able to make a valuable contribution as a Director of the Council? If you can answer ‘yes’ to either of these questions, please click here to read more about the available positions on ISCBC’s Board of Directors and to submit a nomination. The deadline for nominations is Thursday Jan 19, 2017!
2 Days Left to Register & Save on INVASIVES 2017 - ISCBC's Annual Forum & AGM
Early bird registration closes at midnight on Wednesday Jan 11th, so don't delay - register today! Check out the agenda, packed with a variety of invasive species presentations, workshops, speedy sessions and networking opportunities!
Montana Mussel Response Team to Present at INVASIVES 2017
The Governor of the US State of Montana, Steve Bullock, issued an executive order November 30, 2016 declaring a statewide natural resource emergency for Montana water bodies due to the detection of invasive aquatic mussel larvae. The State of Montana's Mussel Response Team was formed to rapidly assess the extent and severity of the mussel incident impacting Montana's waterways. The team is working to develop a coordinated response and long-term strategy in order to mitigate economic and ecological damage. Providing the public with accurate and timely information is a priority of the response team. We look forward to hearing from Stephanie Hester of the Montana Mussel Response Team on how the team is responding to Montana's statewide natural resource emergency.
Register for INVASIVES 2017 Aboriginal Workshop & Partnership Session
The Aboriginal workshop is just around the corner! The workshop, which is open to Aboriginal organizations and individuals, will look at current efforts and invasive species impacts, identify available tools and explore ways for Aboriginal communities to get involved in invasive species management. Following the workshop is a Partnerships Sessions, open to referral technicians, natural resource workers, stewardship officers and anyone else who is interested in strengthening partnerships on invasive species, involving Aboriginal organizations and communities. Read the full forum agendas online here. If you have inquiries specific to the Aboriginal Workshop or Partnerships Session, please email ISCBC's Aboriginal Liaison Jake Archie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominate a Student by Jan 19 for "Together in Action Student Leadership Award"
Do you know a hard working student in BC leading in their invasive species work? Nominate them for the opportunity to be recognized for their efforts and to receive a financial award of $1,000 towards their studies. Any student who is a resident of BC, and who has completed at least one year of study at a post-secondary BC institution (a BC University, college or technical school) towards a degree or diploma related to invasive species research, management, education, public outreach and/or social studies is eligible for nomination. Read more about the Together in Action Student Award here. The deadline for nominations is Thursday Jan 19, 2017!
Live Lunchtime Webinar on European Green Crabs with Jeff Adams - Jan 25, 12pm
Did you know that the European Green Crab (Carcinus maenas) is considered one of the world's 100 worst invasive species? This is just one of the marine invasives that Jeff Adams, a Marine Ecologist with Washington State University, is on the watch for! Our popular Wednesday lunch time webinar series returns January 25th at 12pm PST with Washington Sea Grant's Jeff Adams, presenting on European Green Crabs and Washington's response to their presence in inland marine waters. Click hereto register for Jeff Adam's Aquatic Invasives webinar. Also click here to browse and choose other archived webinars to watch at your leisure.
Don't Miss Out! Register now for Pesticide Applicators Certification Training
There is a current shortage of certified pesticide applicators in the province - now is the time to get trained for future work. The ISCBC is delivering four day pesticide applicators certification (PAC) training sessions in locations across BC. We are also looking to partner with First Nations or Aboriginal groups across the province on PAC training sessions. The goal of the session is to enable participants to successfully obtain their Industrial Vegetation Management & Noxious Weed Pesticide Applicator Certificate. Don't miss out - register now for the following scheduled sessions in advance of the closing dates:
Chase - Jan 30 - Feb 2, 2017 (registration closes January 23rd, 2017)
Keremeos - February 25 - 28, 2017 (registration closes February 17th, 2017)
Smithers - Mar 7 - 10, 2017 (registration closes February 28th, 2017)
First Nations Sponsorship is available through the form of a reduced registration fee.
Meet invasive species leaders from across Canada at the National Invasive Species Forum in Ottawa, Feb 28 - Mar 2! The agenda includes Myriam Dumortier, EU Policy Officer for Biodiversity and the Forum agenda includes keynotes, panel discussions, speedy sessions and workshops. Early bird registration is now open. Be part of the conversation on Twitter using #NISF2017. Click here for more details.