Invasive Species Awareness Week
February 22 - 28, 2015
Invasive Species Awareness Week is an annual event to encourage education about
invasive species and inspire people to take an active role in preventing their
spread. This year, the Invasive Species Centre will be celebrating Canadian
invasive species achievements, groundbreaking research, innovativemanagement
efforts and brand new resources. Follow us on
Facebook and Twitter
to take part in the exciting social media campaign!
What are Invasive Species?
Invasive species are plants, animals, fish, insects and pathogens that are
introduced to a region where they are not native. There are many pathways for
the introduction and spread of invasive species including international trade
and global travel, industrial and recreational activities, and accidental
transport on people and vehicles.
Invasive species deplete, and over time can cause the extinction of native
plants and animals, reduce biodiversity and permanently alter the landscape.
They cause disruption to the natural ecosystem by competing with native plants
and animals for light, water, food, and space and by altering habitats. Once
established, invasive species can be difficult, or impossible, to control and
eradicate. Invasive species are costly to manage, harmful to trade and commerce,
and have unwelcome impacts on society, including human health.