2016 Workshop Schedule

During Summer 2016, ECW in partnership with NBALA, La Société d'aménagement de la rivière Madawaska et du lac Témiscouata (SARMLT) will be delivering the following five workshops in three regions of the province (southwest, central and northwest):

View Scope Clinic: This engaging hands-on clinic provides expert instruction, and the necessary tools to construct a view scope that can be used to aid in identification of aquatic plants. A viewing scope is an extremely helpful tool for anyone looking for invasive aquatic plants on their water-body - and is highly recommended! 

Invasive Plant Patrol Paddle:  This is a 3-hour guided exploration that takes place on shore and on the water. This is a fun, informal way to introduce community members to the threat of invasive aquatic plants and the importance of early detection. Participants will learn how to use their ID cards to help spot suspected invaders, become familiar with some common native plants, and practice the skills needed to be an effective early detector.

Introductory Invasive Plant Patrol: If individuals wish to learn more and become a “certified” plant patroller, this workshop is for them. This is a 6 hr workshop that covers topics such as invasive species issues in New Brunswick and beyond, plant identification fundamentals, plant identification hands-on exercises, and how to survey your lake. All individuals who partake will receive a field guide to invasive plants, an invasive plant patroller’s handbook and other tools.

Survey Field Methods for Invasive Aquatic Plants:  A 2-3 hr workshop that provides hands-on experience, and guided field experience on how to conduct an invasive aquatic plant survey. This workshop is for those who have already attended the basic IPP training and would like some guided field experience before setting off to conduct an invasive aquatic plant screening survey.

Courtesy Boat Inspection: Courtesy Boat Inspection (CBI) workshops will cover everything needed to become an effective Courtesy Boat Inspector and play a key role in New Brunswick’s invasive plant prevention effort. Participants will practice inspecting boats and equipment for plant fragments and other potentially invasive organisms, learn how to spot a suspicious plant and what to do with it, and discuss ways to actively engage boaters in New Brunswick’s prevention effort.

If you are interested in hosting or attending one or more of these workshops please contact the NBALA at 1-506-456-6001 or info@nbala.ca. 


Educational Resources

“New Brunswick Field Guide to Invasive Plants: A Resource for Lake Stewardship”: The “New Brunswick Field Guide to Invasive Plants: A Resource for Lake Stewardship” is a 60-page field guide that focuses on ten invasive plants that were identified as imminent threats to New Brunswick waters. Photographs, illustrations and narrative descriptions are presented for each of the featured species, along with a description of similar species for comparison.  Also featured is a description on how to survey for aquatic invasive plants, what to do if an invasive plant is detected, and how to prevent the spread of invasive plants. Eleven invasive species (additional flora and fauna) that are on New Brunswick’s “radar” are also featured. The field guide was professionally designed by Pulse Communications. It is available in French or English. 

Plant Species Identification Cards: The Plant Species Identification Cards are a set of seventeen 4″ x 5.5″ full color, waterproof plastic plant identification cards. The cards feature photos and concise descriptions for the 10 invasive plant species that threaten New Brunswick’s lakes as well as fourteen of New Brunswick’s native aquatic plants. Cards are colour coded (red for invasive, green for native) to help tell the good plants from the bad. The set is bound by a binder ring, so the set can be easily expanded as new cards become available. The identification cards were professionally designed by Pulse Communications. 

Invasive Plant Patroller’s Handbook: Any individual who attends the 6-hr Introductory Invasive Plant Patrol Workshop will receive an “Invasive Plant Patroller’s Handbook”. The handbook is filled with presentation slides, and other useful resources such as the plant species identification cards and standardized field sheet.

Standardized Field Sheet: The field sheet is used by participants when surveying a lake. The sheet also includes a native plant inventory listed by scientific name. All survey data will be submitted to Eastern Charlotte Waterways Inc.