Protecting Washington's Environment and Economy from Harmful Invasive Species

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June 27, 2024  in  Walla Walla


Governor Proclaims February 26 to March 3 Invasive Species Awareness Week

OLYMPIA–Gov. Jay Inslee, in partnership with the Washington Invasive Species Council, has proclaimed February 26 through March 3 as Washington Invasive Species Awareness Week in solidarity with National Invasive Species Awareness Week. “Invasive species and noxious weeds are already a big problem in Washington and species that have yet to reach our state could pose even greater […]

February 8, 2024Read More

Boot Brushes to Protect the Shrub-Steppe from Noxious Weeds

Benjamin Franklin once famously said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When it comes to protecting valuable habitat, Franklin’s words take on a whole new meaning. The Washington Invasive Species Council has received funding to help protect shrub-steppe habitat from noxious weed spread and development. With support from the U.S. Forest […]

January 11, 2024Read More

Student designs wanted for invasive species art contest

SPOKANE–The Washington Invasive Species Council (WISC) and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) invite school-age students to participate in an art contest to 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 economic and environmental harm. Invasive species […]

November 14, 2023Read More
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Tis the season for invasive species jobs! Here is another one with Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, this time focusing on noxious weeds. If you have a passion for leadership and experience with noxious weeds, this one is for you. Located in Grays Harbor County, this biologist will be responsible for implementing projects, collecting and analyzing data and supervising staff. All the details here:…Photo from job posting, showing trees planted in Bell Creek Wildlife Area. Courtesy of WDFW. ... See MoreSee Less
Check out this unique job opening with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife! This position plays a critical role in monitoring for the invasive zebra and quagga mussels along the Snake River and Middle Columbia. Additionally, you will gain experience with stream surveying for the fish program! It's the best of both worlds and will offer an immersive experience for individuals who are passionate about aquatic habitat protection and restoration. Apply now!… ... See MoreSee Less
Who can resist this cute, little face? It's International Bat Appreciation Day today! Bats are wonderful and unique animals, and we are especially thankful that they love to eat annoying insects (mosquitoes!). Unfortunately, bats are at risk from a fungal disease known as white nose syndrome. Affected bats wake up more during hibernation which can ultimately cause starvation and death. This fungus can also damage wings and breathing mechanisms. Finally, bats can lose the ability to stay hydrated and regulate their body temperature. This fungus and disease is unfortunately present in Washington, and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife has dedicated staff that work to help our bat populations. Visit the link below to learn about white nose syndrome and how you can help! ... See MoreSee Less
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