May is Invasive Species Action Month in BC
You can help prevent the introduction and spread of harmful invasive species in our communities. There are many ways to take action against invasive species—at home, in the garden, at work, on vacation and with your pets and aquariums. May has been officially proclaimed Invasive Species Action Month in BC, and each week during the month, ISCBC is profiling a key invasive species issue and highlighting the actions we all can take to prevent their spread:
Week 1: Invasive Animals - Don't Let it Loose; focus on pet & aquarium trade
Week 2: Invasive Plants - PlantWise & Grow me Instead; focus on gardeners
Week 3: Outdoor Recreation - PlayCleanGo; focus on the great outdoors
Week 4: Aquatics - Clean, Drain, Dry; focus on water enthusiasts
Check out each week’s theme and resources: information sheets, a special “Species-a-Day” profile, a new youth activity resource, and other resources highlighting the weekly theme. Check out these issues and some FREE resources here.
See a helpful Media Toolkit to help groups get the word out, including templates for press releases and media alerts – check it out here.
Be Part of the Action in Your Community!
Join Community Events and Festivities
Regional Committees and stewardship organizations across BC are hosting an exciting array of events and activities to raise awareness of invasive species and their impacts to BC. Look for:
- weed pulls
- field tours
- garden tours
- free resources for school groups
- interpretive signage installations
- community presentations
- booths at farmer’s markets
Join in the festivities near you! Click here for a full listing of events happening across BC.
Get involved – and tell us what you are doing!
We want to hear from you! Tell us what actions you are taking, share a photo, and join in the conversations through Twitter and Facebook. Use the hashtag #bcinvasives.
INVASIVE SPECIES ACTION MONTH PHOTO CONTEST
ENTER TO WIN GREAT PRIZES!
Enter your best photo of taking action on invasive plants or animals, or highlighting a key invasive species in your community — and win some great prizes! Photos could show people participating in weed pulls, cleaning hiking boots, pets, bike tires or work equipment of burrs and seeds, or practicing to Clean, Drain, Dry your boat. You could also profile key invasive species in your community, such as bullfrogs, yellow flag iris, Japanese knotweed..… you name it! See full contest details here.