OKANAGAN'S MOST UNWANTED
Invasive Species Are Terrorizing Our Ecosystems!
What Is An Invasive Species?
Himalayan Blackberry- An Invasive From Overseas
A Blackberry from the Himalayas?
What do they look like?
This plant always has green leaves that are usually big, circular, or oval.. Spiked leaflets sprout out the tip of their stems.
The flowers of the Himalayan Blackberry are little at 2.5 cm across and are white or a pink kind of colour. Their individual stems are furry and pokey.
Finally, the fruit this plant produces is called drupelets. They can be a maximum of 2 cm across with an oval or circular shape. Glossy black is their colour and these berries don't grow hair.
Where Can I Find Them and What Do They Do?
The Himalayan Blackberry is able to spread easily because one of their berries could have an upwards of eighty seeds. Humans, rivers, and birds move these seeds, making it quick and efficient for the weeds to grow. Pieces of the stem or seedlings can move and grow elsewhere as well. The toughest thing, though, is that many humans love the berries, therefore they want easier ways to get them. So their garden soon has a new addition, the invasive and notorious Himalayan Blackberry.
Okay, So What Can I Do To Help?
- Himalayan Blackberry bushes are so thick that plants with constant need for sun can't survive if one grows near them.
- Some other locations of the bush include ditches, disrupted ground, roadways, riparian zones, forest outlines, and ravines with trees.
- They're used for dye.
- You cannot bring in Himalayan Blackberries from other places unless you obtain a permit.
Red-Eared Slider Turtle- This Turtle Is NOT Cute (As Much As It May Seem So)
Wait, This Turtle Is Invasive?
What Should I Look For?
Where Are They And What Damage Do They Cause?
How You Can Help
- People are asked to report if they see slider turtles.
- They are also asked not to buy slider turtles as this would probably end up in more invasive species in ponds and more damage to the environment.
- Using nets in rivers and creeks to capture these invasives has proved necessary.
- It's full size is equal to a dinner plate.
- They are eaten by minks, otters, raccoons, skunks, snakes, bigger turtles, and water birds.
- New baby turtles are usually one inch across.
- Sliders can bite.
- Small turtles eat mostly meat. As they age, sliders eat less and less meat.