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National Invasive Species Awareness Week

Feb. 25 - March 3, 2019

Invasive species are changing the places we love. They’re overwhelming our landscapes, spreading aggressively every year, and holding their ground stubbornly.

DUC is finding innovative and effective ways to address the invasive species that are most destructive to aquatic ecosystems. That’s because newly introduced plants and fish can alter aquatic ecosystems in ways that diminish habitat for wildlife and reduce water quality for all of us.

Why do people care about invasive species?

  • Invasive plants are affecting beaches, lakes and rivers where people work and play.
  • Healthy wetlands purify water, ensuring clean, fresh water that’s safe for drinking, growing food, cooking and cleaning.
  • Wetlands provide habitat to birds, fish and wildlife, including the pollinating animals we count on for sustainable crop production.
  • Wetlands are shelters for species at risk, especially plants, frogs, turtles and birds.

Wetlands aren’t just for ducks; they’re for all of us. We’re holding ground against the unwelcome changes that invasive species bring, using science, engineering, vigilance and people—like our conservation experts listed below—committed to protecting the health and beauty of Canadian landscapes.

Media Contact

Ashley Lewis
Senior Communications Specialist
204-467-3252
a_lewis@ducks.ca


Our team of experts

Dale Wrubleski

Dale Wrubleski

Senior scientist with the Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research

Expertise: Managing common carp at Delta Marsh, Man.

Erling Armson

Erling Armson

Conservation specialist and Ontario invasive species expert

Expertise: Fighting invasive Phragmites in southern Ontario.

Kyle Borrowman

Kyle Borrowman

Co-ordinator of the European Water Chestnut Eradication Program

Expertise: European water chestnut removal strategies, and the plant’s impact on habitat.

Matt Christensen

Matt Christensen

Conservation specialist and chair of the BC Spartina Working Group

Expertise: Managing Spartina, parrot’s feather and other invasive plants impacting B.C. wetland health.

Ashley Rawluk

Ashley Rawluk

Conservation specialist in Alberta

Expertise: Working with livestock to manage invasive species and grassland health.

Jodie Horvath

Jodie Horvath

Conservation specialist in Saskatchewan

Expertise: Working with cattle to manage invasive species and grassland health.


Press Materials

Stories, pictures and maps about wetlands and invasive species.

DUC's European Water Chestnut Eradication Program in Ontario

DUC's European Water Chestnut Eradication Program in Ontario

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Control and monitoring disrupt the seed cycle in Eastern Lake Ontario and the Rideau River

Decisive action removes invasive aquatic plant, parrot feather, in eastern Ontario

Decisive action removes invasive aquatic plant, parrot feather, in eastern Ontario

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A landowner’s call for help receives a rapid response

How we faced down an invasive plant that threatened the Rideau River

How we faced down an invasive plant that threatened the Rideau River

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Volunteers pulled together to protect the Rideau Canal

Cleaning up after common carp

Cleaning up after common carp

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Researchers shut out an invasive fish species to help restore Delta Marsh

Hit Squad makes its mark near Wolfe Island

Hit Squad makes its mark near Wolfe Island

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Program results in dramatic decline in invasive European water chestnut

Ducks call on goats and cows to fight invasive plants in Prairie Canada

Ducks call on goats and cows to fight invasive plants in Prairie Canada

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Moo-ve over, space invaders! Livestock’s got you “bleat”

Fewer feathers at East Marsh

Fewer feathers at East Marsh

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DUC safeguards important wildlife habitat at the Serpentine Wildlife Management Area

Fighting back against invasive Phragmites

Fighting back against invasive Phragmites

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Pilot program is gaining ground in the battle against an alien giant

Reclaiming wetlands from purple loosestrife

Reclaiming wetlands from purple loosestrife

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The fight to rescue habitat from a beautiful and destructive invader

Sweeping out the broom

Sweeping out the broom

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DUC volunteers in B.C. help remove invasive scotch broom at wetland projects

An app solution!

An app solution!

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A smartphone application helps Ducks Unlimited Canada tackle invasive Spartina plants

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