March 18, 2020 e-Bulletin

In this spring e-news, we are pleased to share updates on seven employment opportunities, our online resources, webinars and more, but first we wanted to comment on coronavirus.
We hope that all of our partners, communities and team are safe and practicing strong hygiene practices during this current pandemic. While ensuring safe and healthy work practices, our Council is committed to committed to ensuring that all of our programs and resources remain available to you online and by request. Currently most of our resources and programs are available through our website, however we are working to grow these online tools at this time so that we can make sure that British Columbians have the tools needed to respond to invasive species. Please watch for new ISCBC updates and information coming soon and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have ideas for new or expanded resources or programming!  

Stay healthy, stay connected and stay strong. 
Join Our Team!
Are you passionate about making a difference to BC’s outdoors? Join our team! We are recruiting for seven positions in home-based roles, and in locations across the province of British Columbia, including:

  • Partnerships Manager
  • Fund Development
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Youth Facilitator
  • Invasive Species Supervisor
  • Japanese Beetle Ambassador
  • Fund Development Manager
  • Finance and Office Support

Visit for more information and to apply today by the closing date March 28!
2020 Invasive Species Research Conference - Turning Science into Action
The Invasive Species Research Conference - Turning Science into Action is planned to take place August 18 - 20, 2020 in beautiful, sunny Kelowna at the University of BC's Okanagan campus. Join us to hear from keynote speakers Dr. Julie Lockwood of Rutgers University and Dr. John Darling of the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Call for Abstracts
We invite invasive species researchers and practitioners, working on any taxonomic group, across the Pacific Northwest and beyond to participate and share their findings at the Invasive Species Research Conference. Abstracts can be submitted for lightning talks, oral and poster presentations. For details on abstract formats, requirements and to submit your abstract visit . Be sure to s ubmit your abstract by the April 17, 2020 deadline!
Calling on Youth to Help Protect BC’s Lakes and Rivers
Invasive Species Council of BC Seeks Aquatic Youth Ambassador

Do you care about your favorite swimming or boating lake? BC’s lakes and rivers are at risk from the threat of invasive species and ISCBC is looking for a passionate voice from BC’s youth to help raise awareness. ISCBC wants youth to get excited and speak out about their favourite bodies of water to help protect them from aquatic invasive species and preserve them for years to come! Amongst other activities, ISCBC’s first Aquatic Youth Ambassador will star in a video to air on television and social media later this year. The deadline for applications is March 26 so read more and apply today !
March Webinar - Invasive Species 101
Join us on March 25 for Invasive Species 101, an inspiring webinar to connect youth making a difference in their local environments.

Do you want to make a difference in your community? This webinar will explain how you and your friends can have fun outdoors and protect BC’s biodiversity at the same time! ISCBC's Nick Wong will define what makes a non-native species invasive, present some species to keep an eye out for, describe programs and share things you can do to preserve BC’s amazing biodiversity.
April Webinar - Grass Gone Bad
Join us online on April 22 for Grass Gone Bad: New Invasive Species of Concern to B.C.’s Grasslands

Become a part of the solution - learn how to identify and report new invasive grassland species. Invasive plants can threaten our natural resources, areas of cultural significance, infrastructure, and the health of people, animals and our environment. We have an opportunity to avoid these risks from plants that are new or not yet present in the province. The provincial Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) Program seeks to identify, contain and eradicate new invasive species early before this opportunity is lost. Becky Brown, who's with BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, will focus on several new invasive plant species that pose significant threats to BC’s grasslands, including how to identify and report them and the most likely places they will occur.
INVASIVES 2020 Highlights
The INVASIVES 2020 Forum & AGM drew over 180 attendees and presenters from across Canada, the US and Europe, who participated in workshops, plenaries, lightning talks, poster session and more! If you couldn't make it in person, explore the INVASIVES 2020 highlights or use the hashtag #INVASIVES2020 to see posts on Twitter and Instagram.
Call for Year Three Clean Drain Dry Partners
Following two years of successful pilot program partnerships, ISCBC is now accepting partners for the Clean Drain Dry (CDD) project’s third and final pilot year. This multi-year program is designed to increase public awareness and prompt action to prevent the establishment and spread of aquatic invasive species, including invasive mussels, to BC. Become a partner and stop the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species in BC water bodies .
Our Suite of Online Resources
In addition to a range of publications available in soft copy, check out the following online resources which ISCBC continues to add to and update:
Forestry e-Learning
Check out ISCBC's e-learning program for forestry practitioners and professionals . This online training program features information on invasive species characteristics, impacts, and vectors. It also includes priority lists of invasive species across BC, reporting methods and best management practices for preventing their spread. The course goal is to support healthier forests resulting from educated forest practitioners and professionals who possess the knowledge and tools to prevent the spread of invasive species.
e-Learning for Real Estate & Land Use Professionals
Did you know the presence of Japanese knotweed on a property is a significant risk to property owners?Add value to your clients by taking ISCBC's free interactive invasive species e-learning resource for real estate professionals, professional landscape architects, land developers and other land use disciplines. The course aim is to expand the knowledge and understanding of invasive species and their impacts, so professionals can provide their clients with useful information and educated advice.
Invasive Species Factsheets
We have developed over 25 factsheets on a variety of topics and invasive species.
Invasive Species Webinar Archive
ISCBC has hosted dozens of webinars which are available to watch online.
Education and Curriculum Materials
If you are an educator, check out our range of resources which can be distributed for virtual or classroom participation.
May is Invasive Species Action Month!
Watch for updates on a range of webinars and more from ISCBC and our partners across BC.
Join the Invasive Species Council of BC
ISCBC's mission is healthy landscapes and communities free of invasive species. Join us today to ensure this vision becomes a reality. ISCBC relies on the support of dedicated and passionate members. Sign up as a member and you will also benefit from discounts on courses, events and more.
Thanks for your continued support!


Gail Wallin
Executive Director
Invasive Species Council of BC