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What You Can Do


Everyone has a role to play to protect our land and water from invasive species! 

The Invasive Species Center thanks you for your interest in this issue and all of your valued contributions.

How can you stop invasive species?


  • Gardening? Plant native species. For helpful suggestions see the Northern Ontario Grow Me Instead Guide: Beautiful Non-Invasive Plants for your Garden
  • Going camping? Don’t transport firewood. Buy it locally; leave what you don’t use there.
  • Going fishing? Don’t empty your bait bucket in or near water – it’s against the law. Instead, throw your bait in the trash in a sealed container.
  • Going boating? Wash your boat before you move to another lake or river.
  • Going hiking? Clean visible mud, plants and seeds from your boots and other equipment.
  • Have a pet fish that is no longer wanted? Don’t release it into the wild and don’t flush dead fish down the toilet. Put them in the garbage or compost.
  • Have a turtle or other small reptile pet that is no longer wanted? Don’t release it into the wild. Contact a reptile rescue society like Little RES Q for help.
  • Travelling? Don’t take plants, plant parts, seeds or fruit across borders.
  • Got one? Report an invasive species sighting at 1-800-563-7711.


Join our Membership Program


Our free Membership Program offers you access to The Spread (our quarterly newsletter), up-to-date invasive species news, invitations to events and webinars, discounts on Invasive Species Centre products, and our bi-weekly media scan.


Report an Invasive Species Sighting

If you think you have seen an invasive species, reporting it is the first critical step toward detection and rapid response. Often, invasive species are initially discovered by citizens who are out on the land and water. 

  • Report all sightings to the Invading Species Hotline 1-800-563-7711 or EDDMapS 




Donate to the Invasive Species Centre. Donations are efficiently used to assist in the prevention, detection, response and control of invasive species; and will assist in conducting research, funding outreach programs and services and educating the public on how to prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species. Regardless of the amount, your kind generosity will make a difference.