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Invasive Species Reporting Tools

EDDMapS Ontario is a fast and easy way to map invasive species without any technical expertise. Members of the public are also able to call the Invading Species Hotline and speak with an invasive species expert to report a sighting or to inquire about invasive species information.

Water Soldier Eradication Project

An inter-agency working group on water soldier was formed in 2008 to help coordinate research, monitoring, control and prevention strategies

About Us

In 1992, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, established the Invading Species Awareness Program in order to address the increasing threats posed by invasive species in Ontario. Our objectives are to generate education and awareness of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species, address key pathways contributing to introductions and/or spread, and facilitate monitoring and early detection initiatives for invasive species found within Ontario.

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters       Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
About Us | Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program

What are invading species?

Invasive species are plants, animals, and micro-organisms introduced by human action outside their natural past or present distribution whose introduction or spread threatens the environment, the economy, or society, including human health (Government of Canada, 2004).

Aquatic invasive plants can be free floating, floating and rooted in sediment, rooted and submergent (underwater), or emergent (partly under and partly above the water’s surface). They can affect recreational activities (e.g., boating, fishing, swimming), displace native vegetation, slow down water flow, and alter oxygen levels.

Forest pests impact our forest ecosystems by degrading the quality of wood, eliminating wildlife habitat and recreation/cultural value. Forest pathogens can be caused by different organisms that affect the whole tree, causing defoliation, root decay and stem cankers that reduce the distribution of nutrients throughout the tree.

Invasive fish species impact our aquatic ecosystems by competing with native fishes for food and habitat, altering food webs, and preying on sport fish eggs and larvae populations.

Invasive invertebrates can be crayfish, snails, mussels, clams, waterfleas, or mysid that impact our aquatic ecosystems by competing with native species for resources, such as food and habitat, and can destroy native fish spawning habitats.

Terrestrial plants in a forest ecosystem can be trees, shrubs, or herbaceous plants that have been moved from their native habitat to an introduced area where they are able to reproduce quickly and crowd out native species.

Water Soldier

What is Ontario Doing? To prevent the further spread and introduction of this unwanted invader in the province,...

Wild Pigs

Background ‚ÄúWild Pigs‚ÄĚ is a catch-all term that refers to escaped wild boar, feral domestic pigs, and their hybrids....

Common Buckthorn

Background Common buckthorn (also known as European buckthorn) is a small shrub or tree native to Eurasia. It was...

Dog-Strangling Vine

What is Ontario Doing? To prevent the further spread and introduction of these unwanted invaders in the province, Ontario has regulated...

Tubenose Goby

Background The Tubenose Goby is a small, bottom-dwelling invasive fish. Native to rivers and estuaries of the Black...

Eurasian Ruffe

Background Eurasian Ruffe is a small member of the perch family (Percidae sp.) and is native to northern Europe and Asia. It is suspected to...

Garlic Mustard

Background Garlic mustard is an invasive herb native to Europe. It was brought to North America in the early 1800s for use as an edible herb....

Northern Snakehead

What is Ontario Doing? To prevent this unwanted invader from coming into the province, Ontario has regulated all 28...

Brazilian Elodea

What is Ontario Doing? To prevent this unwanted invader from coming into the province, Ontario has regulated...

Round Goby

Background The Round Goby is a small, bottom-dwelling invasive fish, native to the Black and Caspian seas in eastern...

Invasive Ground Covers

Background Common invasive ground covers (periwinkle, English ivy and goutweed) are found throughout various areas of...

Water Hyacinth

Background Water hyacinth is a free-floating, aquatic plant in the pickerel-weed family (Pontederiaceae spp.)...

Invasive Snails

Background Invasive snails include a variety of gastropods invasive to areas of North America. Invasive snails, such...

Yellow Floating-heart

Background Yellow floating-heart is a perennial aquatic plant native to Asia and Europe. Introduced to North America in the late 19th century,...

Zebra and Quagga Mussels

Background Zebra and quagga mussels are freshwater bivalves native to the Black Sea region of Eurasia. Both species...

Giant Hogweed

Background Giant Hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is a perennial plant and a member of the carrot family. It is a...

Invasive Honeysuckles

Background Invasive honeysuckles are herbaceous shrubs native to Korea, Japan and China. In the late 1800’s amur...

Thousand Cankers Disease

Background Thousand cankers disease is a new threat that has been linked to the death of eastern black walnut trees in the United States over...

Kudzu

Background Kudzu is a perennial climbing vine native to eastern Asia that was recently found in Leamington, Ontario. The plant was first...

Wild Parsnip

Background Wild parsnip is an invasive plant native to Europe and Asia. It was likely brought to North America by...

Stone Moroko

What is Ontario Doing? To prevent this unwanted invader from coming into the province, Ontario has regulated Stone Moroko as prohibited under...

Rainbow Smelt

Background Rainbow Smelt is a predatory fish native to the north Atlantic coastal regions of North America as well as a few lakes in the Ottawa...

Invasive Earthworms

Background Native earthworms from Canada were removed by the last glaciers and of the 19 species confirmed in Ontario, 17 originate from Europe...

Rudd

Background Rudd is an invasive fish native to Europe that has been found in scattered locations in the lower Great...

Yellow Iris

Background Yellow iris, or yellow flag iris, is a perennial aquatic plant native to Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa. It was first...

Miscanthus

Background Miscanthus grasses are a perennial plant introduced to North America near the end of the nineteenth century. Native to Japan, China...

European Frog-bit

Background European frog-bit is an invasive aquatic plant native to Europe and parts of Asia and Africa. In 1932, the plant was brought from...

Purple Loosestrife

Background Purple loosestrife is a wetland plant native to Europe and Asia that was brought to North America the early 19thcentury. This highly...

Killer Shrimp

What is Ontario Doing? To prevent this unwanted invader from coming into the province, Ontario has regulated Killer...

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

Background The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is an aphid-like insect that attacks and kills hemlock trees by feeding on nutrient and water...

Flowering Rush

Background Flowering rush is a perennial aquatic plant native to Eurasia and Africa that grows in lakes, riparian zones, wetlands, and marshes....

Eurasian Water-Milfoil

Background Eurasian water-milfoil is an invasive aquatic plant native to Europe, Asia, and northern Africa. Introduced to North America in the...

Winged Euonymus

Background Winged euonymus is a deciduous shrub introduced to North America as a horticultural species from northeastern Asia. Since its...

Starry Stonewort

Background Starry stonewort is an invasive macroalgae native to northern Eurasia. It was introduced in North America...

Asian Clam

Background Asian clam is a non-native freshwater bivalve that has been dispersed throughout North American lakes, streams and rivers. Native to...

Beech Bark Disease

Background Beech bark disease is a new threat affecting beech (Fagus grandifolia) trees in Canada’s hardwood and mixed forests. This disease is...

Parrot Feather

What is Ontario Doing? To prevent this unwanted invader from coming into the province, Ontario has regulated parrot feather as prohibited under...

Mountain Pine Beetle

Background Mountain pine beetle is an insect responsible for creating widespread pine mortality in British Columbia. Native to western North...

Spiny and Fishhook Waterfleas

Background Spiny and fishhook waterfleas are small aquatic predators native to Eurasia. The first report of spiny and...

Prussian Carp

Background Prussian Carp is an invasive fish native from central Europe to Siberia. They are a hardy, rapidly reproducing fish, with females...

Pathways

Pathways are routes by which an invasive species is transferred from one ecosystem to another. It is the physical means by which an invasive species is transported to a new region by humans, either deliberately or accidentally.

Trail Use

What is a Pathway? A pathway is a route by which an invasive species is transferred from one ecosystem to another. It is the physical means by...

Scuba Diving

What is a Pathway? A pathway is a route by which an invasive species is transferred from one ecosystem to another. It is the physical means by...

Hunting

Hunting as a Pathway Waterfowl hunters should be aware that it is possible to inadvertently spread aquatic nuisance...

Ballast Water

Ballast Water as a Pathway When ocean cargo freighters cross the ocean, they use something called a ballast to balance the ship as it crosses...

Horticulture

Did You Know? Invasive plants are spreading through our natural ecosystems, urban landscapes, and agricultural lands at an alarming rate. ...

Float Planes

Float Planes as a Pathway Many aquatic nuisance species, such as zebra mussels and Eurasian watermilfoil, can be unintentionally transported...

Live Bait

Did You Know? Many anglers use live bait like minnows and crayfish. While these might help you catch a big fish, some...

Live Fish Food

Live Fish Food as a Pathway Many markets in Ontario offer fresh live seafood and fish. Unfortunately, some of the...

Pet Release

Pet Release as a Pathway Owning an aquarium can be an exciting and enjoyable pastime. Many aquarium and pet stores sell beautiful exotic...

Movement of Wood

Moving Wood as a Pathway Diseases and insects that are deadly to trees and forests in Ontario can be transported on...

Programs

Many ecological, economic, and recreational impacts have been observed in North America due to the introduction of invading species. The OFAH/OMNR Invading Species Awareness Program delivers a number of initiatives that promote public engagement in invasive species awareness and prevention across the province. The active participation of boaters, anglers, property owners, gardeners, recreationalists, and all Ontarians is vital to prevent the spread of invasive species. Our efforts today will benefit the ecosystems of tomorrow, as well as contribute to our continued enjoyment of our natural resources.

Volunteer involvement in raising invasive species awareness and prevention is appreciated and fundamental to the success of the Invading Species Awareness Program.

To learn more about how you can get involved, check out the different programs we offer, or call the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711.

Clean Boats, Clean Tournaments

The spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) via the recreational boating pathway is well documented. Over the last several years, the Invading Species Awareness Program (ISAP) has implemented various initiatives targeting recreational anglers and boaters to promote actions we can all take to help protect our aquatic environments. In 2015, our efforts have expanded to include a partnership with the tournament angling community to implement a tournament outreach project.

Garlic Mustard Pulls

For the tenth year in a row, staff and volunteers with the Invading Species Awareness Program, the Ontario Invasive Plant Council, and Kawartha Conservation worked together to rid the Ken Reid Conservation Area in Lindsay of garlic mustard. In total, over the past ten years, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters has removed more than 5,000 pounds of this invasive plant.

Hit Squad

The Invading Species Hit Squad delivers on the ground, community based invasive species education, awareness and monitoring initiatives. Working in partnership with OMNRF district offices, stewardship councils, conservation authorities, and non-governmental organizations, over 20 summer students are hired annually to attend local festivals and events, deliver educational programming to the public, and monitor local areas for invasive species.

Invading Species Reporting

The Invading Species Hotline serves as a valuable resource for the public, especially during times of increased public concern. Members of the public are able to call and speak with an invasive species expert to report a sighting or to inquire about invasive species information. The hotline number has been listed on numerous outreach materials created and distributed by the Invading Species Awareness Program. Think you’ve found an invasive species or want more information on invasive species?

Landowners Workshop

As a landowner it is important to be aware of invasive plants that can threaten your property. The Invading Species Awareness Program, in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority host FREE workshops for landowners in the Lake Simcoe area.

Operation Bait Bucket
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) will once again be conducting Operation Bait Bucket, a joint initiative between the ministry and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) under the Invading Species Awareness Program, in support of protecting Lake Simcoe’s aquatic resources.

Through the Operation Bait Bucket initiative, MNRF crews from the Aurora District office visit and engage with ice anglers around Lake Simcoe to speak about maintaining the health of the lake and preventing the spread of invasive species.

Water Soldier Eradication

An inter-agency working group on water soldier was formed in 2008 to help coordinate research, monitoring, control and prevention strategies. Agency groups include: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Trent University, Lower Trent Conservation, and Parks Canada.

Reporting Invasive Species | Ontario's Invading Species Awareness Program

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Invading Species Hotline

 

1-800-563-7711

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