iMapInvasives

One way to prevent spread of invasive species is to report sightings. iMapInvasives is an online, GIS-based data management system used to assist citizen scientists and natural resource professionals working to protect our natural resources from the threat of invasive species (imapinvasives.org). Once an account is created, the user can submit any sightings, and also view all of the other reported sightings within the province. The app prompts the user to take a photo of the species and in doing so will automatically tag your location to that photo. This data management system can be a useful tool to outline and monitor species dispersal, quantity, spread and areas of high risk. This program/app is a great asset for RM’s, municipalities, industry, locals and anyone involved with combatting the spread or infestation of an invasive species. For more information on iMapInvasives Click Here.  

Invasive Species

Invasive Species are of growing concern for Saskatchewan and the prairie provinces. The effects from these plants and animals can be detrimental to crops, lakes, watersheds and the ecosystems within our province. Unfortunately, most of these species fit into a broad niche, meaning they will thrive in most areas they inhabit, making them even harder to extinguish. The Saskatchewan Invasive Species Council has made up some helpful fact sheets to help identify the species, the risks they pose and effective methods of removal. Below are some fact sheets for the more problematic invasive species.

--- Leafy Spurge --- Yellow Toadflax --- Scentless Chamomile --- Oxeye Daisy --- Himalayan Balsam --- Common Burdock --- Wild Parsnip --- Purple Loosestrife Fact Sheet

For more species, visit: http://www.saskinvasives.ca/index.php?id=14

Aquatic Invasive Species

Zebra and quagga mussels are a threat to our waterways and therefore to our economy, recreation industry, to agriculture and to our environment. To monitor and raise awareness about these aquatic invasive species, the NSRBC as well as other watershed groups in the province are working with the Ministry of Environment. In the North Saskatchewan River Basin we have been training volunteers at Jackfish and Murray Lake and in the Lakeland District (which includes Emma, Christopher, Anglin and McPhee Lake) who are closely monitoring the lakes for zebra and quagga mussels.
Click here to watch a video about the clean, drain, and dry method to stop the transfer of aquatic invasive species.

If you are interested in monitoring a lake in your area for aquatic invasives and would like to receive more information, please contact us: info@nsrbc.ca

Resources and Links:

Zebra and Quagga Mussels threaten the SK River Basin - October 2014

Prairie Waters Working Group

Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment

Saskatchewan Invasive Species Council