Free Expert Webinar for the Identification and Authorized Control of Invasive Plants European Water Chestnut and Water Soldier — Ducks Unlimited Canada
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Free Expert Webinar for the Identification and Authorized Control of Invasive Plants European Water Chestnut and Water Soldier

March 15, 2021 Ontario Provincial
European water chestnut at Belle Island near Kingston, Ont.
European water chestnut at Belle Island near Kingston, Ont. © DUC

Kingston, Ont. — Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) will host a free live webinar on March 25, 2021, to assist waterfront property owners and outdoors enthusiasts in supporting effective management of two invasive aquatic plants in Ontario, European water chestnut (Trapa natans) and Water soldier (Stratiotes aloides).

Zones where water chestnut or water soldier have been identified include:

  • Water chestnut: Rideau River downstream from Ottawa’s Vimy Memorial Bridge and the Ottawa River near Hawkesbury, as well as coastal wetlands of Wolfe Island and along the Greater Cataraqui and St. Lawrence Rivers, near Kingston.
  • Water soldier: Trent-Severn Waterway near the Hamlet of Trent River, the Black River near Sutton, and the newly discovered population in Red Horse Lake north of Gananoque.

The webinar will be helpful for waterfront property owners, landowners with a pond or water garden on their property, and anyone who spends time near shorelines and wetlands to learn how to recognize, report and remove these prohibited invasive species in Ontario.

WEBINAR INFORMATION

Waterfront owners and people who spend time in aquatic habitats, such as hunters, fishers, boaters and hikers, can help identify and report invasive aquatic plants. The webinar will provide guidance for identification and control of outbreaks, and tips for removing two of Ontario’s worst wetland invaders.

European water chestnut (Trapa natans) and Water soldier (Stratiotes aloides) are both classified as prohibited invasive species as laid out in Ontario Regulation 354/16 made under the Invasive Species Act, 2015.

Date: Thursday March 25, 2021
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. EST

WEBINAR REGISTRATION HERE

 Webinar topics:

  • life stages of the plants and how to identify them
  • impacts on waterways and what to do if you spot the plants
  • overview of provincial Prevention and Response Plans
  • tips and best practices for how to help manage invasive plants
  • the opportunity to ask questions directly to invasive species experts
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“We encourage the public to attend this free online webinar,” says Robert McGowan, Management Technician for OFAH. “While the pandemic unfortunately limits our ability to hold in-person outreach events, we recognize the importance of continuing to engage waterfront property owners, landowners with a pond or water garden on their property, and anyone who ventures into the outdoors to hunt, fish, boat or simply enjoy a walk along our waterways. Early detection and swift action are crucial to controlling these species. The more eyes we have on the lookout for these plants, the better.”

“Our water resources need looking after, and that’s a big job,” says Kyle Borrowman, DUC’s invasive species specialist in Ontario. “We’re asking everyone to watch over Ontario’s shorelines and shallow bays while having fun outdoors. If we can recognize, report and remove these prohibited invasive plants in waterways, we just might be able to stay ahead of them before they drastically alter our natural ecosystems.”

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BACKGROUND

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) are working together to raise awareness and support for management of the invasive aquatic plants, European water chestnut (Trapa natans) and Water soldier (Stratiotes aloides).

When it comes to invasive species, awareness, collaboration and swift action are key. Invasive species are an ever-growing environmental and economic threat in Ontario. These aquatic invaders take over their new surroundings, shade out native plants, reduce biodiversity, affect water quality and interfere with recreation.

This webinar is supported by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry following the release of Prevention and Response plans for European water chestnut (Trapa natans) and Water soldier (Stratiotes aloides) in September 2020 that set out practices to manage the species and identify and authorize certain persons or groups to undertake specified control and eradication activities, under the Invasive Species Act, 2015.

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ABOUT OFAH

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Contact Information

Ducks Unlimited Canada
Joanne Barbazza
Head of Communications & Outreach
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Tel: +1 705-482-7603
Email: j_barbazza@ducks.ca

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
Chase Guindon
Invasive Species Communication Liaison
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
Tel: + 705-933-8294
Email: chase_guindon@ofah.org