Video: How to Ball Sample for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Do you have eastern hemlock trees on your property? Do you care about preserving Canada’s environment and preventing the spread of invasive species? Join the Invasive Species Centre and ball sampling expert Jeff Fidgen and learn how to detect the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid with ball sampling!

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Produced by: Leah Hodgson, Invasive Species Centre Assistant Production: Mackenzie DiGasparro, Invasive Species Centre Commentary: Jeff Fidgen, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service Actors: Chris MacQuarrie and Meghan Gray, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service

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