Invasive Species Centre

Invasive Species Centre
Canadian Wildlife Federation

Canadian Wildlife Federation

October 03, 2013 14:41 ET

"Bike for Wildlife" Rides Through the Sault-a Hub of Invasive Species Expertise

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 3, 2013) -

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Dilhari Fernando, Executive Director of the Invasive Species Centre introduced the Canadian Wildlife Federation's Athletic Ambassador Angella Goran to Queen Elizabeth Public School students today where Ms. Goran shared her passion for nature and the highlights of her cross-country journey.

The Canadian Wildlife Federation's National Bike for Wildlife first put pedal to pavement on August 14th and came through Sault Ste. Marie this week. CWF Athletic Ambassador Angella Goran began her 6,000 kilometre cycle across Canada from Victoria on her way to Halifax, raising awareness about wildlife conservation and the importance of getting outdoors to connect with nature.

"Being outside can inspire all of us," Ms. Goran said. "Whether your passion is cycling, walking, swimming or bird-watching, experiencing our natural world is an incredible opportunity as well as a gift. Together, Canadians can protect this gift from the threats of invasive species."

This event also introduced the students to important invasive species work being undertaken in the city. "The Sault is a centre of expertise in invasive species prevention, detection and response," explained Ms. Fernando, "We want to share this exciting work with the Canadian Wildlife Federation, who are so successful at rallying Canadians to appreciate our natural heritage and our precious wildlife."

The Invasive Species Centre and its local partners at the the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Canada/Canadian Forest Service, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Algoma University's Invasive Species Research Institute and Ontario Forest Research Institute all address the environmental and economic harm caused by invasive species through their work.

"Invasive species are a serious threat to Ontario's rich biodiversity and to the environmental and economic benefits provided by our natural resources," said David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources and MPP for Sault Ste. Marie. "I applaud the Invasive Species Centre in our community for their efforts to raise awareness about invasive species prevention and for their work in keeping our natural environment healthy and sustainable for future generations."

David Browne, CWF's Director of Conservation says, "Invasive species continue to be a threat to Canada's native wildlife and a burden on our economy and a priority wildlife issue for CWF. The Invasive Species Centre plays a key role in addressing this threat by helping coordinate efforts across the country to prevent and control invasive species, increasing our understanding of invading species, and raising public awareness."

How can you stop invasive species?

• Gardening? Plant native species. For helpful suggestions see the Northern Ontario Grow Me Instead Guide: Beautiful Non-Invasive Plants for your Garden

• Going camping? Don't transport firewood. Buy it locally; leave what you don't use there.

• Going fishing? Don't empty your bait bucket in or near water - it's against the law.

• Going boating? Wash your boat before you move to another lake or river.

• Going hiking? Clean visible mud, plants and seeds from your boots and other equipment.

• Have a pet fish that is no longer wanted? Don't release it into the wild and don't flush dead fish down the toilet. Put them in the garbage or compost.

• Have a turtle or other small reptile pet that is no longer wanted? Don't release it into the wild. Contact a reptile rescue society like Little RES Q for help.

• Travelling? Don't take plants, plant parts, seeds or fruit across borders.

• Got one? Report an invasive species sighting at 1-800-563-7711.

About the Canadian Wildlife Federation:

The Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national non-profit charitable organization dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, developing and delivering educational programs, sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending policy changes and co-operating with like- minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information, visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca.

About the Invasive Species Centre:

The Invasive Species Centre is a non-profit, partnership-based organization. Its focus is on addressing threats from invasive species by facilitating cooperation, collaboration, coordination and communication between the wide range of stakeholder groups involved in prevention, detection and response activities. The ISC operates in three key areas: facilitating linkages between government and non-government agencies working in invasive species; functioning as a clearinghouse for information and knowledge exchange; and funding projects that promote a coordinated, evidence-based approach to invasive species.

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