Taking on Garlic Mustard in Thunder Bay: Round 2!

Join us on Tuesday June 27th 2017 as we tackle Thunder Bay’s only known garlic mustard population with the help of our local volunteer network! During Thunder Bay’s 2nd ever garlic mustard pull we’ll show participants how to identify and remove this invasive plan. In following up on the great work completed by volunteers in June 2016 we’ll continue to ensure that this invasive plant doesn’t gain a foot hold in our community, as it has in many other parts of the province.

Free pizza and “How To” session begins at 6:00pm sharp! Pulling will begin at 6:30pm! Feel free to drop in at any time to lend a hand and learn about the impact of this invasive plant on urban biodiversity!

Please RSVP by email or phone with Colin at colin@oninvasives.ca or 705-748-6324 x281 to ensure we have enough food for everyone!

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Invasive Species Workshop for Ontario Teachers Announced – Saturday May 6th 2017

Join the EDRR Network and our friends at EcoSpark, Credit Valley Conservation Authority and the Riverwood Conservancy for a special workshop designed to help teachers bring invasive species content into their classroom. In this free workshop we’ll cover how to access a number of helpful education-oriented tools and resources designed to share knowledge on the 2nd leading threat to global biodiversity! Register for this event at www.ecospark.ca/terrestrial-invaders.

Terrestrial Invaders Workshop Poster

Invasive Species Summit – March 25th 2017

Invasive Species Summit for Emerging Environmental Professionals

March 25

Free

WHAT:  The Summit is back! After a well-attended event in 2016, we’re delighted to host a follow-up workshop in 2017! This free, one-day, student led workshop will cover Ontario’s established and next wave invasive species. All taxa (plants, birds, fish, you name it!) will be covered. No prior expertise is needed to attend!

WHY:  Emerging researchers across Peel and Halton regions are contributing to exciting new research that is helping us better understand invasive species and their impacts on Ontario’s natural history. Student representatives from each of Peel and Halton region’s colleges and universities are invited to take part in this one day free workshop that has been sponsored by the EDRR Network of Ontario.

Participants will have the opportunity to network with peers from other institutions, studying similar issues, and share experiences gained from working on a range of invasive species found in Ontario.

Presentations will also focus on a range of invasive species that are not yet found in Ontario, and help introduce participants to the “Next-wave” of invasive plants, diseases, and other taxa.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  Recent graduates living/working in the GTA, or any student  attending a local post-secondary institution such as:

·     McMaster University

·     University of Toronto

·     University of Guelph

·     University of Waterloo

·     Laurier University

·     Conestoga College

·     Mohawk College

·     Sheridan College

·     Humber College

WHEN:

Saturday March 25th 2017

9:30 am to 4:00 pm

WHERE:

Conference Centre

Sheridan College – Trafalgar Campus

1400 Trafalgar Road

Oakville, ON

L6H 2L1

COST: Absolutely free! We simply ask that you participate in the workshop, and ultimately help us broaden the “first line of defense” against new invasive species in Peel and Halton Region’s.

But that’s not all! We realize it can be a challenge for students to get to a meeting of this scale so to help alleviate any difficulties with getting to the meeting, we’re happy to be able to offer travel subsidies for any driver offering to carpool from their home campus, to the meeting. Connect with your institutional representative for more information.

REGISTRATION & MORE INFORMATION: For registration information please contact Colin at colin@oninvasives.ca.

Garlic Mustard Eradication in Thunder Bay

In June 2016 the EDRR Network coordinated its first localized invasive species eradication project in Thunder Bay, Ontario. A small patch of garlic mustard was identified during a volunteer training session and a small task force was created to prevent this species from spreading into other natural areas. The Thunder Bay District Master Gardeners and Thunder Bay Field Naturalists Club were instrumental in organizing teams to identify, map and remove the only known population of this invasive plant in the district. We look forward to monitoring the area next year to eliminate any lingering threats posed by an existing seedbank. Excellent work by all involved!

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