Two of the most unwanted

reward : a better and healthier home and ecosystem

the Russian knapweed.

It arrived in Canada around 1900 brought over as a contaminant of Turkestan alfalfa , from Eurasia.

common name : Russian knapweed

scientific name : Rhaponticum repens

physical descriptions : 30-90 cm tall stems , young stems are covered , greenish grey urn shaped flower heads , flowers are pink to lavender blue.


It has been accused of causing irreversible neurological chewing disease to horses it has also invaded full grasslands.


there have been some supposed sightings of this criminal on road sides , riverbanks , irrigation ditches , waste places , clear-cuts and croplands especially in areas of high water tables.


How can we stop this criminal - we can stress the plant (criminal) causing it to expend nutrients stores in its root systems eliminating new seed production and controlling vegetation spread by isolating the infestation so no root fragments are transported to other locations .


how the criminal spreads the root system consists of the original root (taproot) one to many horizontal roots can form adventurist hoots that may grow to be individual plants

the Chukar partridge

It arrived in north america in 1893 imported from India to Illinois . in 1940 it arrived in b.c. where it was introduced near dog creek b.c. in the interior as a game bird for hunters. In 1950 the b.c.

common name : chukar partridge

scientific name : Alectoris chukar

physical descriptions : light greyish brown back and wings , white belly , grey head , chest and real , white cheeks and a white throat surrounded by a black band across its forehead , pink to red bills , eyes feet and legs, 38 cm with wingspan of about 43cm


its crimes are unknown but we suspect that it is a competitor for food and habitat with other grassland birds.


there have been no recent spottings of this criminal but we know they live in slopes and grassland in the okanagan near rocky outcroppings for them to hide.


how the criminal reproduces , pairs form in mid march after a male performs a courtish display involving a head tilt and a showing of his barred flanks , both begin to call and participate in a ''tidbit-ting'' display pecking at various objects . during drought season season when food is scarce breadings may be restricted to a few birds males guard the female from access by other males.

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