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!

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 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

Terrestrial Invaders Workshop Poster

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.