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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 environments.
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

Wild Parsnip

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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

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Invasion ON

Dog-strangling vine is an escaped garden plant that crowds out native species and prevents forest regeneration. Don't let these invaders attack on your next hike, learn more at .

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, 2015.
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