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May 15, 2024 Health & Production

National Invasive Species Action Week: Protecting our landscapes and communities

In a concerted effort to safeguard natural ecosystems, the Canadian Council on Invasive Species (CCIS) is hosting National Invasive Species Action Week (NISAW).

This annual event, running May 12-18 this year, aims to raise awareness and promote action against invasive species across Canada.

Invasive species pose a significant threat to our environment, agriculture, and communities. These non-native plants, animals, and pathogens can outcompete native species, disrupt ecosystems, and hard agricultural productivity.

Whether you are a producer, gardener, or outdoor enthusiast, there are several ways to get involved:

  • Spread the word: Use social media platforms to share information about invasive species. Remember to use the hashtag #NISAW to join the conversation.
  • Learn and educate: Attend webinars hosted by CCIS during NISAW. These sessions cover topics related to invasive species management, prevention, and awareness.
  • Take specific steps: During NISAW, focus on practical actions that prevent the spread of invasive species:
    • Inspect and clean: Before heading outdoors, check your gear, vehicles, and clothing for hitchhiking invasive species
    • Plant natives: Choose native plants for your garden to support local biodiversity
    • Report sightings: If you spot an invasive species, report it to local authorities or use citizen science apps.

By participating in NISAW, you become part of a nationwide effort to protect our natural heritage. For more information, you can visit the Canadian Council on Invasive Species website.

About the Author

Kara grew up on a grain farm near Bow Island, Alberta. After attending SAIT and the University of Calgary — where she obtained a degree in communication and media studies, and a diploma in broadcast news — Kara began her professional career working in agricultural communications and agricultural journalism. Kara now resides near her family’s farm, raising a mix of livestock, consisting mostly of goats (because something has to eat all that kochia). Kara has a passion for storytelling, but even more so, asking the questions that matter. You can find her surrounded by farmers/ranchers and a cup of coffee — or at an upcoming ABP event!


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