Invasive Species Week

Concern is growing about the increasing presence of invasive species being found in Gespe’gewa’gi. Throughout the week of February 28th until March 4th, the Gespe’gewaq Mi’gmaq Resource Council will be launching a campaign to raise awareness of invasive species, highlight some of the species found in our territory, and share information on how to help prevent the spread of these species. Let’s begin by answering the question, what are invasive species? Well, invasive species are non native species that are spreading rapidly and causing harm to the environment. They impact our native species by competing with them for food, water, sunlight, and space. Some are even causing health concerns for people. Invasive species can be animals, insects, plants, and fish. They are often spread by human activity from one area to another, and often do not have natural predators to keep these species from taking over. Can you name an invasive species? (Hogweed photo courtesy of Organisme de bassin versant Matapedia-Restigouche (OBVMR)