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Summer Activities
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UPCOMING EVENTS AND WAYS TO TAKE ACTION!

August 15 th CSISS is hosting an educational booth at the base of Revelstoke Mountain Resort for the Revelstoke Wildflower Festival
August 11th and 13thCSISS is hosting an Invasive Plant Walk as part of the Revelstoke Wildflower Festival- See poster below and event schedule for details

CONTACT CSISS TO BOOK AN ONLINE TRAINING PRESENTATION FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION at: info@columbiashuswapinvasives.org

Unlike these Western Painted turtles, CSISS employees are practicing physical distancing! Our highest priority is to ensure the health and safety of our workers and community, to achieve this we are following newly implemented safety protocols so we can safely complete field and outreach activities.
🌟 New Staff 🌟

Introducing our rockstar summer program assistant Kathleen Meszaros! 

Kathleen joined CSISS June 1st and has been primarily focused on supporting the aquatic program, completing boater outreach,  assisting with social media and completing veliger sampling.

Kathleen completed her BSc in 2017 and is currently in the MSc of Ecological Restoration program jointly at Simon Fraser University and the BC Institute of Technology. She has previously studied harmful algae blooms in the Pacific Northwest and has a keen interest in protecting our beautiful lakes and rivers.

Thanks Kathleen for all of your hard work!

SUMMER 2020 FIELD WORK VIDEO
CSISS staff are hard at work this summer! This video highlights some of the locations where our staff are completing aquatic and terrestrial surveys and monitoring of invasive species.
What’s new from our social media channels?
We have started two NEW weekly series for this season!
Every Wednesday look for our “What’s Flowering This Week?” post to share on our channels and local gardening and community group pages. Learn about native and invasive plant species, how to differentiate look-a-like species and how to choose native and non-invasive flowers for gardening.
Keep an eye out for “Invasive Catch of the Day” posts to learn about aquatic invaders. We share these with aquarium hobbyist and fishing groups on social media for targeted outreach.
Since last March, CSISS Outreach Coordinator Kim Kaiser has been creating Botanical Illustration videos of invasive plants. These videos highlight characteristics of specific invasive plants to aid in identification. Stay tuned for more videos on our instagram and youtube!
Aquatic Program Updates

The CSISS invasive mussel monitoring program is again sampling lakes across the region for zebra or quagga mussels to facilitate early detection. To date we have collected 47 samples from 10 waterbodies – Thanks to Habitat Conservation Trust Fund and Shuswap Watershed Council for their ongoing support.

Watercraft Inspection stations (run by the Conservation Officer Service) are operating this summer, inspecting and potentially decontaminating watercraft coming into BC to prevent the spread of invasive mussels and other aquatic invasives. More information on their program website:   https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/invasive-mussels/bc-watercraft-inspection-stations

Please report any suspected invasive mussels to the RAPP line on 1-877-952-7277. If you’re bringing your boat from out-of-province, stop at a Watercraft Inspection Station or contact the Provincial Mussel Defense Program at COS.Aquatic.Invasive.Species@gov.bc.ca to determine if your boat is HIGH-RISK and should be decontaminated for possible zebra or quagga mussel presence before accessing B.C.’s lakes and rivers. It’s free! Do not launch the boat into any B.C. waters until you have received instruction from a B.C. Provincial Aquatic Invasive Species Inspector. 

See the Shuswap Watershed Council’s 2019 Water Quality Report for information about invasive mussel sampling, Asian Clam and Eurasian Water Milfoil in the Shuswap.
Summer, is that you?

Rain or shine, CSISS terrestrial field staff are happy to have their boots on the ground, completing invasive plant inventories, treatment monitoring, and responding to invasive plant reports.

Revelstoke is officially Canada’s 41st Bee City! 🐝
CSISS is excited to be working with other local organizations to help protect pollinators and enhance their habitat in Revelstoke!
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LEARN MORE about this exciting initiative!
Thanks to the Shuswap Trail Alliance for our shared project removing invasive Yellow Flag Iris from waterbodies in the Shuswap! Funding gratefully received from TD Environment grant, RBC and HCTF-PCAF grants
Partner Events
New course this fall in Revelstoke!
The Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology is hosting the following course September 23-24:Fundamentals of science-based vegetation surveying. How to include the bryophytes and lichens.

  Click here for Course Details 

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Spring Events and Updates
May is Invasive Species Action Month!  |  Save the date: CSSIS spring workshops go online  |  May and June events   |  Aquatic and terrestrial field program updates  |  New  YouTube channel! 
CSISS Program updates 
It is likely that many of our invasive species field operations will continue as planned, with necessary modifications to ensure the safety of staff and contractors is maintained. We also encourage you to do your part in helping to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species by practicing these preventative measures outlined by the BC Centre for Disease Control. Outreach activities are adapting in new and creative ways, including new workshop online formats, as per below event calendar. CSISS also has put together a Covid-19 Exposure Control Plan (as per Worksafe BC requirements) to ensure safety for our staff – funders and partners are welcome to get in touch if they are interested in viewing this plan. We hope you’re having a wonderful spring, staying safe and healthy! Please send us any feedback or questions to: info@columbiashuswapinvasives.org
UPCOMING EVENTS AND WAYS TO TAKE ACTION!
May 16th– Invasive mussel outreach display booth at boat launch in Sicamous (weather dependent, with physical distancing measures in place)May 16th  – May 23rd  National Invasive Species Awareness Week : week of webinars offered by the Canadian Council on Invasive Species.

May 21st– CSISS will be a guest speaker for the Canadian Council on Invasive Species’s webinar series:  Reducing the spread of Invasive Species through Play Clean Go. Register for webinar here.

May 27th CSISS and CKISS are hosting a webinar with the Columbia Basin Environmental Education and Network’s Wild Voices Online series: From Here and Away; Exploring the Differences Between Native and Invasive Species in BC’s Wetland’s and Beyond. Register here!

June 16th and June 30th – Join one of two CSISS online workshops on Invasive Plant ID and Management  – Carrot Family ID focus (e.g. Wild Parsnip, Wild Chervil, Giant Hogweed) – see more information below! Register HERE.

June 24th– Edible Invasives Workshop online through Okanagan College. Register HERE.

More details of the above events described below!

CONTACT CSISS TO BOOK AN ONLINE TRAINING PRESENTATION FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION at: info@columbiashuswapinvasives.org

Spring Invasive Plant ID and Management Training goes online!

Want to know how to identify and manage invasives? Join one of our two training sessions offered FREE online this June

CSISS will be hosting one hour online workshops that are applicable to industry, forestry, Indigenous Peoples, municipal and regional staff, landscapers, gardeners, stewardship groups and other interested individuals. Learn to identify key invasive plants in your area and implement best management practices in the field to prevent the spread of invasive species. The ID portion of the course this year will focus on the carrot family species – such as Giant Hogweed, Wild Chervil, Wild Parsnip and others. Sign up for one of the course dates below!

Dates: June 16th (10 am-11am PDT) and June 30th (2pm-3pm PDT)
Format:
 Zoom Meeting
These workshops are FREE however pre-registration is required.
Registration details here

Teachers and parents mark your calendars!

We will be hosting a webinar alongside Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society for elementary- intermediate primary age students. It will take place May 27th through Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (CBEEN)‘s Wild Voices online series! Join us to learn about native and invasive species in BC’s Wetlands and Beyond🐸🐢 REGISTER HERE! More details below.

From Here & Away; Exploring the Differences Between Native & Invasive Species in BC’s Wetlands and Beyond!This webinar will focus on the differences between native and invasive species in wetlands and beyond. An introduction to the impacts and characteristics of invasive species will be followed by a lesson on why the American bullfrog and yellow flag iris are unwelcome guests in our wetlands.After the lesson and discussion, students will be given activities that will turn them into Citizen Scientists while exploring the great outdoors . Activities include a backyard biodiversity scavenger hunt, creating a nature journal and using technology to identify and report invasive species

Webinar Details

Date: Thursday May 27, 2020
Time: 10 am Pacific Time
Presenters: Laurie Frankcom from CKISS and Kim Kaiser from CSISS
Recommended Grade Level: Primary and Intermediate Elementary

Register here!

Aquatic Program Updates

Watercraft Inspection stations (run by the Conservation Officer Service) should be up and running by mid-May, inspecting and potentially decontaminating watercraft coming into BC to prevent the spread of invasive mussels and other aquatic invasives.  More information on their program website: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/invasive-mussels/bc-watercraft-inspection-stations

The CSISS invasive mussel monitoring program will again be sampling lakes across the region for zebra or quagga mussels to facilitate early detection – thanks to Habitat Conservation Trust Fund and Shuswap Watershed Council for their ongoing support.  All steps will be taken to ensure staff safety including physical distancing during activities.

Please report any suspected invasive mussels to the RAPP line on 1-877-952-7277. If you’re bringing your boat from out-of-province, contact the Provincial Program at COS.Aquatic.Invasive.Species@gov.bc.ca to determine if your boat is HIGH-RISK and should be decontaminated for possible zebra or quagga mussel presence before accessing B.C.’s lakes and rivers. It’s free! Do not launch the boat into any B.C. waters until you have received instruction from a B.C. Provincial Aquatic Invasive Species Inspector. 

CSISS will be a guest speaker for the Canadian Council on Invasive Species’s webinar series for National Invasive Species Awareness Week!Reducing the Spread of Invasive Species Through Play Clean Go
THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020   10-11  am PT

Learn how CCIS and partners are encouraging outdoor recreation and protecting valuable natural resources in parks, along trails and other spots by preventing the spread of invasive species.

Register for Play Clean Go webinar here

Updates from the Local Dyers’ Palette Project in Golden!

  • They  have finished all the actual dyeing, creating metres and metres of dyed yarn samples and shades of pink, green, yellow and brown, all delicate and soft and just lovely.
  • They collaborated on the text and have created a primer booklet for dyers of wool that we are proud of.  Each booklet is 8.5″ X 5.5″ (half of a regular size of paper) and printed on heavy weight (card stock). 

The booklet will be ready very, very soon and they are ready to take orders.  The exact price will be dependent on the number of copies we print but it is looking at less than $12 each.  
Please go to this link  and leave your name and email and they will order accordingly.

CSISS has a new YouTube channel!
We will be posting plant ID videos, training for industry groups, invasive species art and clips from the field.
Terrestrial Field Program Updates

The CSISS Terrestrial Field Program is back in action. Training for municipal, regional and federal staff are being provided through an online format. DO NOT MOW signs for knotweed are being installed along roadways throughout the region and invasive plant inventories, treatments and monitoring are beginning late May/ early June.

The program is being adjusted to ensure the safety of staff and contractors is maintained.

Invasive Plant ID and Edible Weeds Workshop June 24th

This course will delve into invasive plant identification and will also explore the edible and medicinal properties of weeds. What makes a plant “invasive”, how do we control them, how can we reduce their impacts, and what can we do to benefit from the plant? Come join the team from the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society to find out!
On Wednesday, June 24th at 1:30 pm Okanagan College will be hosting a one hour online workshop with CSISS to explore the topic of invasive plants, with a special focus on their edible properties. The goal is to prevent spreading of these species, while harvesting their beneficial properties and reducing waste.

There will also be identification guides and recipes to share!
Register HERE

See 20+ Edible Weeds in Your Garden (with recipes)

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Come join us for the CSISS Annual General Meeting including Guest Speakers and new updates!

Date: October 17th, 12pm – 3:00pm MST (*3:30pm MST for Board Members)
Location:  1410 9th St. South (upstairs) Golden Arena Lounge, Golden
Topics: Roundtable updates from regional stakeholders; Guest Speakers (Wildsight Golden, BC Mussel Defense Conservation Officers, Kootenay Conservation Program); Presentation on UPDATED Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Operational Plan; CSISS end of season updates; and AGM including Board Election.
Lunch and refreshments included.
Please 
Register here!
Contact us at 1-855-785-9333 or info@columbiashuswapinvasives.org with any questions.

 

 

 

Summer Newsletter

 

 

 

In this edition…

  • Field Program Update
  • Summer Field Work Video
  • Aquatic Outreach Update
  • Invasive Mussel Sampling Update
  • IAPP Workshop Success
  • Outreach Activities

 

 

 

 

Field Program Update

 

 

Laura Gaster (above with poison hemlock) and our CSISS summer interns have been busy surveying invasive plants for the field program.  Surveyed plants are prioritized to maximize treatment dollar effectiveness.  Priority Species treated so far include poison hemlock, wild parsnip, Himalayan balsam, blueweed, yellow flag iris, teasel, scotch thistle, rush skeletonweed, and Himalayan blackberry.  Other, lower priority species have also been treated at high priority sites such as parks.
The field program has also been monitoring the effectiveness and spread of Bioagents (insects used to reduce the vigour of invasive plants)

 

 

Summer field work with CSISS: Columbia Shuswap water bodies and wildlife.

 

 

https://vimeo.com/352758438

 

Turtles, ducks and invasive plants, oh my!

 

 

Aquatic Outreach Update

 

 

 

All marinas in the Columbia Shuswap region were visited this spring and given updated information on invasive species in the water bodies they depend on for their business operations.

Our summer interns have been spending time at boat launches across the region and advising people about how to Clean Drain and Dry their watercraft to prevent the spread of aquatic invasives.

In addition we have been at several water sport events including the Paddlesport Classic in Revelstoke, dragon boating festivals and Fishing derbies across the region.

CSISS has partnered with multiple organizations across the region to install Clean Drain Dry signage at 32 more boat launches across the region.  Signs encourage both motorized and non-motorized watercraft owners to Clean Drain and Dry their boats between water bodies.

 

 

Invasive Mussel Sampling 

 

 

CSISS continues to sample for the presence of invasive mussels throughout the region, sending samples for analysis at the provincial laboratory in Vancouver.  60 samples have been taken so far, from 25 sampling sites on 9 water bodies.  All results have tested negative for mussels so far.  CSISS will continue to test these sites throughout the summer and into the fall.

No ducks were caught during sampling, though they occasionally tried to investigate our sampling nets!

CSISS has also deployed special substrate samplers around the region.  These samplers (created by CSISS summer interns Hannah and Janelle) are a collection of different substrates, lowered into in the water and left tied to a dock or other structure.  If invasive mussels are present in the lake, their young will settle onto the samplers and CSISS staff will detect them.

Some of these samplers are being monitored by local dock owners.  Many thanks to these folks for their help in looking after these samplers!

 

 

Outreach Activities Update

 

 

 

 

CSISS outreach staff have been busy hosting weed pulls, attending markets and special events, presenting to youth and community groups, hosting workshops and collaborating with many other organizations!

 

 

 

IAPP Workshop Success! 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to the participants of our summer workshop and to the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program for support!

 

 

 

On July 25th, in Revelstoke BC, a one-day workshop was held with support of the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program for participants who were interested in learning techniques for recording and reporting invasive plants using the Invasive Alien Plant Program (IAPP). The goal of the workshop was to increase monitoring and treatment of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species by land managers.
The three-hour in class session gave participants an overview of the functions of IAPP and included techniques for recording inventories and mechanical, biological and chemical monitoring. A two-hour outdoor session allowed participants to practice hands on skills for invasive plant identification, recording inventories and completing monitoring. Overall the workshop gave land managers the tools to correctly identify, report, and conduct invasive plant inventories.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events – August 2019
See Website and Facebook for event detailsAugust 11th- Scotch Creek Farmer’s Market
August 14th- Salmon Arm Nature Bay Enhancement Society Talk
August 16th,17th, 18th-Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival
September 6,7,8– Salmon Arm Fall Fair

Stay Tuned for more fall events! 

 

 

 

CSISS is grateful for the generous contributions of funders and partners.