4. Spot and report

Finding newly introduced invasive species early is the key to successful management. And we need your help! Everyone out there can be eyes on the ground to detect invasive species when they arrive.

You can help by learning to identify invasive species and knowing how to report them. You don’t need to be an expert to report invasive species.

If you see something new or unusual in the area you are working in – especially if it seems to be taking over, chances are that it is an invasive species. Reporting your sightings connects this information directly to the experts who can verify the species and take appropriate action.

The Report Invasives BC app is easy to use and allows you to use photographs or species names to report invasive species to BC government staff.

Click on each title below for more information.

Follow these important BMPs:

  • Get to know the invasive species in your area, especially the high-risk ones.
  • You don’t need to be an expert – all you need to know is that there are resources out there to learn more or look up information, such as identification (ID) guides, plant/animal ID apps, and other web resources.

The publication Field Guide to Noxious Weeds and Other Selected Invasive Plants of British Columbia is one source of information.

Priority Invasive Species in BC

The Province has a list of high priority species that are of special concern because they pose a high risk to people and/or our environment.

Follow these important BMPs:

  • When you suspect an invasive species is present, report it!
  • Go to gov.bc.ca/invasive-species to find methods for reporting invasive species, such as free apps and online reporting.
  • If you don’t know what the species is, please ensure you choose the “unknown” species option when reporting—this status flags the report for higher-priority review.
  • If you suspect an incidence of invasive mussels, immediately call the BC Conservation Officer Services Hotline at 1-877-952-7277.

What happens to your reports?

  • All reports go to BC government staff who investigate and confirm these reports.
  • Management activities conducted by the Province depend on up-to-date information on invasive species.
  • Government staff and partners are working hard, and your contributions help!
Provincial invasive species reporting page