National Invasive Species Awareness WeekFeb. 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.
Senior Communications Specialist
Our team of experts
Senior scientist with the Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research
Expertise: Managing common carp at Delta Marsh, Man.
Conservation specialist and Ontario invasive species expert
Expertise: Fighting invasive Phragmites in southern Ontario.
Co-ordinator of the European Water Chestnut Eradication Program
Expertise: European water chestnut removal strategies, and the plant’s impact on habitat.
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.
Conservation specialist in Alberta
Expertise: Working with livestock to manage invasive species and grassland health.
Conservation specialist in Saskatchewan
Expertise: Working with cattle to manage invasive species and grassland health.