Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

July 04, 2011 09:00 ET

Summer "Hit Squad" Is Spreading the Word in Aurora

Invasive Species Student Is on the Job Fighting Unwanted Invaders

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 4, 2011) -

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Invasive species pose a growing threat to Ontario's biodiversity and cause billions of dollars in damage annually. With more invasive species found in Ontario than anywhere else in Canada, it is a good thing that there is someone from the Invading Species Awareness Program (ISAP) working here in Aurora this summer.

Locally, Michael Brown is an Invasive Species Technician working with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR) and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH).

"I am excited to be working with the Invading Species Awareness Program this summer, as engaging the public is one of the best ways to fight against unwanted invasive species in our community," says Michael. "Everyone can make a difference when it comes to preventing the spread of invasive species."

The OFAH and the OMNR partner to deliver the Invading Species Awareness Program, the largest of its kind in Canada, which uses public education and awareness to prevent the introduction of new invasive species, and to stop the spread of those already here.

Over the course of the summer, the Invasive Species Hit Squad will monitor more than 200 local lakes, waterways and forests, looking for zebra mussels, spiny water flea, round goby, giant hogweed, garlic mustard, and other invaders. They will also contribute to a variety of efforts to control the spread of these invaders. Funding is being provided by the federal government's Canada Summer Jobs program. Conservation authorities, stewardship councils and other community groups are also providing assistance.

The public is invited to contact Michael at 905-713-7399 or by emailing michael_brown@ofah.org

To report a sighting of an invasive species, or request informational materials, call the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711 or visit www.invadingspecies.com.

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