Summer 2020 e-Newsletter and field work video!

 
 

Summer Activities
|  Upcoming events  |  Aquatic and terrestrial field program updates  | Summer field work video | Meet our Program Assistant! | New Videos on our YouTube channel! 
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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 

CSISS is grateful for the support of many partners and funders:
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