Say goodbye to sea buckthorn at Forks of the Credit Provincial Park!
Join us on Monday April 3rd 2017 as we survey Forks of the Credit Provincial Park in Caledon for the invasive shrub, sea buckthorn! For more information on this event please visit our events page.
Invasive Species Summit for Emerging Environmental Professionals
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
Sheridan College – Trafalgar Campus
1400 Trafalgar Road
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
EDRR’s own Taylor Wright recently published an article in The Chronicle Journal on the importance of continuing the discussion surrounding Emerald Ash Borer management within the City of Thunder Bay. After first detecting the invasive forest pest in June 2016, many community members have continued to support the need to adopt the City of Thunder Bay Emerald Ash Borer Management Strategic Plan prepared by city staff. To learn more about this plan and other efforts to mitigate the impact of EAB in the City of Thunder Bay check out the City’s website at www.thunderbay.ca/eab.
Invasive Species Summit for Young Professionals – 2017
Due to the overwhelmingly positive response garnered from participants, we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a follow up event in January 2017! Please check here for more information as it becomes available. If you would like to participate in this event, please email the southern Ontario EDRR coordinator directly (colin at oninvasives.ca).
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!
Who We Are
The Early Detection & Rapid Response (EDRR) Network Ontario project aims to train and equip volunteers with the skills and resources needed to better detect and reduce invasive species in Ontario, one community at a time.