Registration now open! Invasive Pest Information Night

Join the Invasive Species Centre for an invasive pest information night on March 10th from 5-8 p.m. The night will include presentations on key invasive species of concern, as well as an opportunity for networking amongst environmental organizations and the public.

This free event open to the public, but is targeted at members of agriculture, municipal staff, foresters, conservation authorities, arborists, land managers, grape growers, and any members of the public interested in stopping the spread of invasive species in the Niagara region.

The species of focus for this event are hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), oak wilt and spotted lanternfly. HWA was recently detected in Wainfleet, ON, while oak wilt and SLF have not been detected in Canada.

Why agriculture and grape growers?

Spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive insect that targets over 70 species of plants and agricultural crops, including its preferred host, grape vines. While not established in Canada, this pest has been intercepted just across the boarder in Pennsylvania. If SLF were to arrive in Canada, Ontario’s $4.4 billion wine industry and $4.2 billion fruit and vegetable crops would both be at risk. 

Space is limited so registration is required to secure your seat.

This event will be held in the Barrel Cellar room at The Hare Wine Co.

Refreshments will be available throughout the event, as well as wine for purchase.

To register for this event, click here.

Invasive Species Summit – March 25th 2017

Invasive Species Summit for Emerging Environmental Professionals

March 25


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


Saturday March 25th 2017

9:30 am to 4:00 pm


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

Thunder Bay Council Gives EAB Plan the Green Light

Thunder Bay city council approved the $6.3M emerald ash borer management plan on Monday night’s council meeting. More information on this exciting development in maintaining the city’s tremendous urban forest can be found here at Thunder Bay Newswatch’s website.


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