What’s eating your snowball bush? … or who?

Like many Islanders… you might have a snowball bush in your backyard. Have you noticed lots of holes in its leaves? You likely have an infestation of the viburnum leaf beetle (VLB)! This small beetle is native to Europe and Asia and was first found in North America in 1947… in Ontario! The VLB feeds […]

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Be Careful Where You Put That!

Invasive plants are plant species that can be harmful when introduced into new areas. These species can invade agricultural and natural areas, causing serious damage to Canada’s economy and environment. There are over 480 invasive plant species known to exist in Canada of which over 120 species are known exist on P.E.I. One of the […]

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Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense): A Closer Look at a Common Invasive

Canada thistle is a non-native (despite the English name) perennial weed that originates in Europe. It has sharply-barbed, deeply lobed, spear-like leaves. The flower is a purple pom-pom shape in clusters at the top of the plant (photo). When the seeds are mature, the flower will become white and fluffy, similar to a dandelion seed […]

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Invasive Species Key Cards

We have new invasive species identification cards! These are part of our Spotter’s Network resource kits and are given out to each volunteer spotter. If you would like to be a spotter, let us know and we can add you name to our ever growing list of volunteers. Email us at peiinvasives@gmail.com

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Gail Wallin visits with the PEIISC

Gail Wallin, the Executive Director of the Invasive Species Council of BC and the Co-chair of the Canadian Council on Invasive Species was on PEI this week and took some time to meet with the PEI Invasive Species council to discuss invasive species issues. Gail brings together decades of experience in natural resource management and […]

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