Everyone's invited to join in on the eradication fun during Invasive Species Week in Whistler:
Wednesday, June 11: Burdock Blitz Community Weed Pull
Meet at Alpine Café
Learn to identify burdock, the invasive species that overpowers native plants for local habitat, and stop further spread. You will help to remove burdock plants along the Valley Trail in Alpine Meadows and Meadow Park. Bring work gloves and dress for the weather. Free refreshments provided by Alpine Café. This event is co-hosted by AWARE, with funding provided by the Community Foundation of Whistler and equipment provided by the Resort Municipality of Whistler.
Saturday, June 14: Yellow-Flag Iris Eradication Patrol
9:00–11:00 a.m. @ Wayside Park
12:00–2:00 p.m. @ Lakeside Park
Learn to identify Yellow Flag Iris (YFI), an invasive species that takes over wetlands, displacing native vegetation. Pick up a YFI identification sheet to help locate infestations along the shores of Alta Lake, Green Lake and the River of Golden Dreams. SSISC crew members will use this information to plan for and remove the invaders.
Eco-tourism companies can sign up for Tour Guide YFI training sessions during Invasive Species Week. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a session.