Spot the Difference in Owl Magazine
Check out this month's edition of Owl Magazine and see if you can spot the differences that Asian carp cause if they
established in the Great Lakes. Check in on
Asian Carp Canada's Spot the Difference page to see answers and an explanation
of why Asian carp could negatively impact Canada's waterways.
Forest Invasives Summer Photo Contest
Photographers of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in the
2015 Forest Invasives Photo Contest. The purpose of this contest is to raise
awareness about forest invasive species and to encourage Canadians to learn
how to identify them.
Prizes have been donated by BioForest, Parks Canada, and MEC!
Photos must be submitted by September 30, 2015.
Learn more and at submit your photos at
Call for Proposals for ICAIS
The International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species (ICAIS) is the most
comprehensive international forum to address new and emerging issues related
to aquatic invasive species (AIS). The Technical Program Committee invites
the submission of abstracts for presentations and posters addressing the
broad range of aquatic invasive species issues in freshwater and marine
Submit abstracts in electronic format to the Conference Administrator
before September 18, 2015.
Learn more and view the full call for proposals at
Two Grass Carp Were Found In Toronto Ponds
After the discovery of two invasive grass carp Oceans and Fisheries Canada,
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, and the Toronto & Region
Conservation Authority launched a search in the surrounding area for any
sign of more Asian carps.
Read the full news story at
Invasive Species Centre Executive Director, Dilhari Fernando
joined Up North on CBC Radio One to discuss the growing concern
with wild parsnip.
Wild parsnip is an invasive plant that can spread quickly and
form dense stands that crowd out native plants. It also has the
potential to reduce quality of agriculture crops and livestock.
Wild parsnip is a member of the carrot family and has an edible
root, however, it also produces sap in the stems that can react
with sunlight and cause rashes or blisters (called
photodermatitis). It is important to wash anything that comes
into contact with wild parsnip sap with soap and water; and to
seek medical attention if a skin reaction occurs. Wild parsnip
thrives in disturbed areas with abundant sunlight (such as
abandoned yards), which becomes a problem when these sites are
converted to areas that may be frequented by people. Wild
parsnip can grow up to 1 1/2 meters tall with branched
umbrella-shaped clusters of small yellow/green flowers and thin
leaves. If you believe that you see wild parsnip report it to
the Invading Species Hotline (1-800-563-7711). To remove it from
your property you can dig out as much of the taproot as possible
with a sharp shovel and covering the area with black plastic for
a year to smother any new growth. All plant matter should be
placed in black plastic bags and left in direct sunlight for a
week before disposing them in an appropriate landfill.
Wild Parsnip Fact Sheet
Wild Parsnip Best Management Practices
CTV News: Warning About Wild Parsnips
Learn more about invasive species on our
Learn About Pages
New, Free Membership Program
Become a Member of the Invasive Species Centre! Individual Canadians can
help prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species. To fulfill our
mandate, the Invasive Species Centre requires a strong base of members to
raise awareness about the importance of invasive species and the issues
surrounding them. This new membership program will allow the Invasive
Species Centre to raise awareness and enable Canadians to prevent the spread
of harmful invasive species!
Job Opportunity: ISC Executive Director
The ISC is looking for an individual who will provide all direction and
leadership to the Invasive Species Centre team towards the achievement
of the organization’s mandate in the role of Executive Director.
Applications must be received by July 17,
View Job Description.