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March 23, 2023  in  Olympia


High School Students Invited to Submit Invasive Species Art to Adorn New Trailer

OLYMPIA–The Washington Invasive Species Council (WISC) and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) invite high school-age artists to participate in an art contest that will help spread the word about not spreading invasive species. Invasive species are plants, animals, and other organisms that don’t naturally live in Washington and, when brought here, can cause […]

November 3, 2022Read More

This July Fourth, Boaters Asked to Clean, Drain and Dry Equipment to Protect Washington’s Waters

OLYMPIA–The Fourth of July is one of the busiest times for boating—and for spreading invasive species in rivers, lakes and other water bodies. The Washington Invasive Species Council, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Washington Department of Ecology are asking the public to take simple steps to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive […]

June 29, 2022Read More

Governor Inslee Proclaims Invasive Species Awareness Week

OLYMPIA–Gov. Jay Inslee, in partnership with the Washington Invasive Species Council, has proclaimed February 28 through March 4 as Invasive Species Awareness Week in Washington. “We all need to be aware of invasive species and take simple actions to prevent and stop them,” Inslee said. “We have to work together to protect our state from […]

February 22, 2022Read More
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The famous groundhog has indicated that there will be six more weeks of winter. That means more time spent with insect visitors to our dwellings, as they try to stay warm. One such guest you may see is the Brown Marmorated Stinkbug. First detected in Allentown, Pennsylvania, this insect has hitchhiked across the country. It causes extensive damage to Washington crops. Read the full story here:…Photo credit: Steven Quick ... See MoreSee Less
The Washington Invasive Species Council values its partnerships with other organizations. A wonderful example is a long-standing collaboration with the Pacific Education Institute (PEI). Since 2015, PEI and the council have been working together to create curriculum and educational resources for introducing teachers to invasive species. Workshops further engage teachers and allow them to discover multiple ways that invasive species can be integrated into classroom teaching. Investing in the next generation provides hope for the future! Read some inspiring stories in this article from PEI:…Photo: A student's artwork on the European green crab. ... See MoreSee Less
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