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Invasive Species Social

On November 21, 2018 following the Invasive Species Forum in Sudbury, Ontario, the Invasive Species Centre hosted an Invasive Species Social at Science North. Highlights of the event included recognition of the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their funding in support of the Early Detection and Rapid Response Network and an Asian Carp Canada public information session. The event also included booths from partner organizations including the Ontario Invasive Plant Council, the Invading Species Awareness Program, Junction Creek Stewardship Committee, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The Invasive Species Centre also showcased the Forest Invasives program, as well as Asian Carp Canada and the Early Detection and Rapid Response Network. 


2018 Invasive Species Youth Summit

The Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) Ontario Network hosted a free, one-day Youth Summit on Invasive Species (flora & fauna) Research & Resource Management in Sudbury on November 20th. This event was geared toward students and young professionals in the Sudbury and surrounding regions interested in learning more about emerging invasive species issues, fields of research, and career opportunities. The event was widely successful, hosting 8 speakers with various professional backgrounds and over 40 students from several different post-secondary schools in the Sudbury and North Bay area. Speakers included representatives from the Invasive Species Centre, Ontario Invasive Plant Council, City of Greater Sudbury, Invading Species Awareness Program, Junction Creek, and Trent University. 

For more on the Early Detection and Rapid Response Network
visit their website, EDRR Ontatrio, or follow them on twitter @EDRRNetON.

2018 Forest Health Review

On October 25, 2018, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and the Canadian Forest Service hosted the 42nd Annual Forest Health Review at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre in Sault Ste. Marie. Speakers from Natural Resources Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the Invasive Species Centre provided an update on the current status of Ontario Forests.

To learn more about the meeting and to watch the presentations online click here


Oak Wilt Workshop

The ISC hosted 2 oak wilt workshops in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The events were held on September 13th & 14th, 2017 in Windsor, ON and the other was on February 28th, 2018 in Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON.

Both workshops focused on education, prevention and outreach, as well as providing hands-on experience in oak-wilt detection. Topics included: oak wilt biology, the CFIA perspective on oak wilt introduction & impacts, surveying and detection of oak wilt, lessons learned from Michigan, oak wilt management in Michigan State Parks, oak wilt vector research, forest health monitoring with citizen science, and how municipalities can prepare for oak wilt.


Workshop 1: In this 2-day workshop, participants spent the first day learning and discussing oak wilt pathogen and its impacts. On day 2, participants visited oak wilt sites in Michigan and gained hands-on experience on oak wilt survey and detection practices.