January Speaker Series: Don’t Let It Loose!
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Don’t Let It Loose: Encouraging Albertans to C.A.R.E. about their aquarium plants and pets
Thursday, January 12, 7:00-8:00pm
Broadcast virtually over Zoom
Facilitated by Megan Evans, Executive Director of the Alberta Invasive Species Council
In Alberta, invasive species continue to threaten our economy and environment as new species are introduced every year. Intentional release and accidental transportation are the two main methods of invasive species introduction. We see examples of this through over 100 locations of goldfish in the province through intentional release and the discovery of zebra mussels in moss balls through accidental transportation.
Aquatic invasive species have been found in storm water and natural wetlands in Fish Creek Provincial Park. Pictured above, a wetland that is known to contain Prussian carp, an aquatic invasive species likely introduced intentionally by park visitors. Photo credit the Ratliffe Family.
The objective of the “Don’t Let it Loose” Project is to encourage Albertans to C.A.R.E. about their aquarium species:
- Act responsibly
- End ownership
Everyone has a role to play to help protect our wild spaces from invasive species and their effects. Join us for an online talk to learn how you can lend a hand in the battle against invasive species, particularly in our efforts to prevent new introductions to the province.