Aquatic Invasive Species Workshop Happening August 23rd

The Early Detection & Rapid Response Network invites you to join us for an Aquatic Invasive Species Workshop on August 23rd at the Machine Shop in Sault Ste Marie from 9-3pm. This event will host a range of speakers from the Invasive Species Centre, Asian Carp Canada Program, Three Shores CISMA, and Invading Species Awareness Program. Topics will include aquatic invasive invertebrates, fish and plants, covering impacts, identification and current research.

Have questions about Asian Carp, how to join our citizen science network, how to ID invasive species or what’s being done in Ontario? This is the workshop for you.

This is a free event and space is limited, register ASAP to reserve your spot! Questions or need more info email Lauren Bell at

Register here

3rd Annual Garlic Mustard Pull Wraps Up in the Sault

The 3rd Annual Garlic Mustard Pull in Sutton Park in Sault Ste. Marie was held on May 26th. Over 25 volunteers came out to help remove this invasive weed. As well, for the second year the Scouts Canada Sault Ste. Marie Troop came out to lend a hand at their own pull following the main event. Sutton Park hosts the largest known patch of garlic mustard in Sault Ste. Marie. The event is funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the EDRR Network partners with the Sault Naturalists, Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority, and Sault College. This year we removed 42 bags from the area!

One day a year, in the early growing season, we enlist invasive species warriors to come out and learn about the impacts of garlic mustard, while lending a hand in the removal of the plant. The control of garlic mustard, like most invasive plants, requires a multi-year management plan. The first goal of any management plan is just that; management! Our goal is to keep the established area in check, and control the further spread of the infestation. Monitoring of the site, conducted by Sault College and the Sault Naturalists, shows that the pull is keeping the established areas from expanding, with no, or relatively minimal new populations outside the managed area. This is great news! But the work is far from done, subsequent years of the management plan will be to continue diminishing the seed bank, which can last up to 7 years in the soil.

So why pull?

By removing the second year plants, you are reducing the number of seeds that drop into the seed bank. By removing the basal rosettes you are stopping those first year plants from making it to their second year, thus not allowing them to develop seeds that would drop down into the seed bank as well.

Thinking of hosting your own garlic mustard pull? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Black, construction grade garbage bags
  • Gloves
  • Trailer or truck bed (to carry the bags away)
  • and somewhere to sun the bags, (in the trailer, on a driveway or other hard surface)

Tips for a successful Garlic Mustard Pull:

  • When working on public land, always check to see if a permit is required
  • Use construction grade bags to avoid tears
  • Don’t remove the material once in the bag, you run the risk of spreading infestation into new areas
  • Always leave plants in direct sunlight for one week minimum to kill all viable material
  • Pull the plant out as close to the ground as possible, ensuring you get the entire “S” shaped tap root
  • End of May to early June are great times to pull

Citizens Ready for Garden Season After Training Workshop

Saultites are ready for summer now that they have been trained to identify and report aquatic and terrestrial invasive plants at the Algoma Invasive Plant Workshop on April 22nd, 2018.

The free event hosted by the Early Detection and Rapid Response Network Ontario welcomed 32 people and focused on identifying invasive terrestrial and aquatic plants in the Algoma region. Participants had the opportunity to learn about what species are a risk to the Algoma area, what invasive plants are already here, and how to identify and report them.

Reporting an invasive species is as important as being able to identify them. Early Detection and Distribution Mapping Systems, or EDDMaps, is a tool that citizens can download on their phones or computers to report a sighting and can help prevent the spread of invasive species.

If you missed out on this workshop, what are some of the invasive garden species should you watch out for?

  • Periwinkle (Vinca minor)
  • Goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria)
  • English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Ox Eyed Daisies (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum)
  • Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens glandifulera)
  • Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
  • Water Soilder (Stratoides aloides)
  • Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes)
    …and many more!