The Okanagan's Most Wanted

criminals of the okanagan...... watch out!

What are invasive species?

Invasive Species are animals that are not native to where they are living, and have a negative impact on the economy and ecosystem. Invasive species are introduced to there new environment by people, then when they adapt the plant or animal will spread becoming a danger to the ecosystem.

Himalayan Blackberry

Now that you know what a invasive species is I will talk about the Himalayan Blackberry. This plant is wanted for smothering other plants and upsetting the ecosystem. There will be a reward for the person who finds this plant. The Himalayan Blackberry lives really anywhere in the Okanagan. Now despite the name the Himalayan Blackberry is native to Europe it was introduced to America in 1885. When an American Botanist who prized this plant for its wonderful berries brought it to America. Then in 1945, this plant was spread along the Pacific Coast. The Himalayan Blackberry is an obstacle in controlling the spread of other species, because of its berries. The common name we call the Himalayan blackberry is, well the Himalayan Blackberry, but its scientific name (or code name) is Rubus Armeniacus. So it is about 3m high and 12m long, the leaves are large and rounded. It has pink and white petals and shiny blue purple berries. And if you are looking for it watch out for those canes, they are covered in thorns. I'll give you a little more help if you do find the bush then don't take a little bit of it! The Himalayan Blackberry grows rapidly, it reproduces by seed, vegetatively by root at stem to form daughter plants and sprouts from root buds. It will start to grow flowers in the spring just like most other plants. The berries will start ripening in midsummer to Augustus. The thickets can grow from 7000-13,000 seeds per square meter and the seeds stay viable for several years. It's stems will die back at the end of the season, but the fruit stems may stay for several more years.

House Sparrow

The House Sparrow is a invasive specie it is native to Europe (like the Himalayan Blackberry.) This bird is wanted for destruction of our ecosystem and hurting animals. If you find this bird you will get a big reward. You can find the House Sparrow in trees in neighbor hoods. This bird was introduced to America in 1885 because the Europeans immigrants wanted to see familiar bird from there homeland. Another reason is that eight breeding pairs were brought to New York from England in 1850. These pairs failed to grow population so 100 more were imported in 1852. The next House Sparrows were successful, so after other introductions followed across the Eastern seaboard. About 6000 birds arrived directly from England then the House Sparrow arrived in Canada in 1870, then in B.C. in 1898. The House Sparrow is very rough it will kill baby birds for a nest in a spot that they like, it will even put up a fight to a adult bird. This mean bird is commonly known as the House Sparrow, but its scientific name (or code name) is Passer Domesticus. Now the average House Sparrow is 15-16 cm long. The male House Sparrow has brown and black stripping on the wings and mantle. It has grey and a white face. The female's are dusky brown and grey underneath. So just know that this bird is a real danger to our ecosystem and we would appreciate you catching this bird. Do not hurt the bird in the process of catching them. Now we know you might be angry because of there aggressive nature and the fact that they carry many dieses that can cause native bird populations to decline.

What are Citizens doing to Prevent Himalayan Blackberry

The ways that citizens can prevent Himalayan Blackberries from spreading more then already have, is not to trade or purchase any Himalayan Blackberries. That way they will not have a new habitat to spread and hurt the ecosystem any more. Now if you really hate them you can take special and try to control them where you might find it,if it's by a river then try to take extra care so it doesn't spread into the river.

What are Citizens doing prevent House Sparrow

A way to reduce the number of House Sparrows is, once they settle in a nest take some materials every few days to discourage them. House Sparrows like human habitats so to reduce the number you could avoid feeding them.

Interesting facts for house sparrow

-There have been no recent reported sightings of the House Sparrow in the Okanagan. -The House Sparrow is also called the English Sparrow, to distinguish it from native House Sparrows.

-In 1883 there was a legal rule that House Sparrows were protected in Texas. The law was you could not kill any of them.

Interesting facts for the Himalayan blackberry

-There have been no recent reported sighting of the Himalayan Blackberry in the Okanagan.

-The Himalayan Blackberry is consumed by, humans, birds and other mammals.

-The dense thickets formed by the Himalayan Blackberry shade other native species and reduce animal habitat and resources.