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Vinca minor, or common periwinkle. Photo © Daniel Jolivet, via flickr and Creative Commons

Initiative targets invasive plants, seeks to stop spread in British Columbia

She had moved to the area only the year before, lured by the climate, the year-round greenery, and Victoria’s reputation as a city of flowers. Her new home included a garden, with one rocky section that saw little sun. Moss would thrive there, but she wanted something more dramatic. Online Read more →

Some aliens actually come knocking;
Most invasives just sneak in

In Germany earlier this year, a woman called the police after her doorbell rang repeatedly in the night, terrifying her. The cops apprehended the culprit—an ant nest built tight into the doorbell was tripping the switch. My friend experienced a similar problem. Her home-security system spontaneously and repeatedly went off Read more →

Spotted Owl, photo by USFWS Pacific

Owls all a-Twitter about B.C. Barred Owl cull to protect Spotted Owls

  We’ve known for years that British Columbia’s Northern Spotted Owl, known to the pointy-headed science crowd as Strix occidentalis, is in trouble. Provincial wildlife officials estimate that as few as 10 of the birds remain in B.C.’s forestlands, down from about 500 individuals a century ago. The owl’s dire Read more →

Eastern grey squirrel, photo by TexasDarkHorse, flickr

Invasive species are in the eye of the beholder

When Nature Boy took down the backyard thicket of Himalayan blackberries, he gave little thought to what would come after. Thousands of broom and Daphne laureola seeds that had lain dormant for decades sprouted. Ivy and periwinkle quickly spread into the gap. These plants have no place in the ready-made Read more →

Alien Invaders exhibit, National Forest Week

These image files are intentionally large, so that you can read the text. While you wait for them to load, feel free to read about the project. The mission: Create an exhibit for less than $5,000 and in less than two months. Use existing trade-show exhibit armatures, and scrounge props Read more →