May is Invasive Species Action Month in B.C. and Richmond is hosting four awareness campaigns to educate the public on local invasive plants and animals.
For four weeks, the city will display information on a new invasive species each week: knotweed species, parrot’s feather, Brazilian elodea and European chafer beetle. Each display will also share how the city is combating the species and what alternative plants support local pollinators.
“By helping people become aware of the invasive species that are prevalent in Richmond and why we need to take action against them, we can better protect our ecosystems” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.
“Invasive species displace local species and habitat. Early detection by both residents and professionals in the field, collaboration with other jurisdictions, regular monitoring and management will help combat these destructive species.”
Along with the weekly displays, city staff will share information about invasive species at the engineering and public works open house on May 12. Native plants will also be given away at the event.
For those looking to learn more about the chafer beetle and lawn care, the city plans to host a free workshop on Saturday, June 21.