The Invasive Species Research Conference is taking place June 20 - 22, 2017 at Thompson Rivers University in beautiful, sunny Kamloops, in super natural British Columbia. This not-to-be-missed Conference includes keynote speakers; concurrent themed sessions with the invitation for oral presentations; poster presentations; lightning talks; a focused, facilitated discussion on future research priorities for BC and a series of optional field trips in the Kamloops area. The Conference outline follows below and the full final program is also available for download.
The core component of this scientific conference is a series of concurrent themed sessions:
- Environmental DNA and the Detection of Invasive Species
- Ecological Restoration Following Invasion
- Social Aspects of Invasion
- New Approaches to Invasive Species Management
- Risk Assessment of Invasive Species
- Tracking Invaders: Where are they?
- From Just Taking up Space to an Invasive Meltdown
On day one, the Conference will feature a series of punchy, five-minute long presentations - be prepared!
On day two of the Conference, participants will participate in a facilitated workshop with meaningful discussion about the future research priorities for invasive species research in BC in 2017 and beyond.
POSTERS, NIBBLE & NETWORK
Conference attendees have the opportunity to register for optional field trips on the evening of Day One of the Conference (June 20th) and on June 22nd Day Three of the Conference. Scheduled field trips are:
• June 20th Night Bat Field Trip:
At 9 pm sharp, participants will depart TRU by bus to a rural location, approx 20 mins from Kamloops, where a colony of bats lives. Participants will be able to see bats flying at dusk, and will observe experts mist-netting and measuring bats. Bat detectors on site will also enable participants to hear the echolocation calls of bats. Participants will return by bus to TRU by approx 11:30 pm.
• June 22nd Lac du Bois Grasslands Protected Area & Kenna Cartwright Park Day Field Trip:
Grasslands cover less than 1% of BC, house more than 30% of BC threatened or endangered species, and represent the most endangered ecosystem in Canada.
Lac Du Bois is a Provincially protected area approximately 16,000 ha located just north of Kamloops. This area encompasses three types of grasslands communities and incorporates a complex range use tenure system.
Kenna Cartwright Park (KCP) is one of the largest (800 ha) urban parks in North America. A diverse history of utilization combined with high levels of visitor use make management of invasive species in this park a complex task. A variety of management tools have been utilized in KCP, many with dramatic effect.
On this field tour we will visit Lac Du Bois and discuss the grassland community types as well as water conservation and utilization issues. After 'setting the stage' in Lac Du Bois, we will head to Kenna Cartwright Park to look at 'management in action'.These efforts include tree canopy thinning, biocontrol, goats, and fire.
Transportation and bagged lunch is included. This trip departs TRU at 8:30 am and returns by 1 pm.
On the evening of June 21, we are offering Conference participants an exclusive Winery Experience, with DiVine Tours of Kamloops, by minibus or executive coach, with the following itinerary:
- 4:45 pm - depart TRU for Monte Creek Ranch Winery for wine tasting and tour of vineyard
- 6:30pm - arrive at Harper's Trail Winery for wine tasting and Italian sun-set dinner on the patio - catered by Eats Amore
· Spinach Arancini - spinach risotto stuffed with cheese, then breaded and fired to golden perfection
· Prosciutto Cups - crisp prosciutto cups filled with whipped cream cheese and topped with diced fruit
· Kale Caesar Salad with homemade dressing, bacon bits and croutons.
· Meatball Sub (photo below) - local grass-fed beef meatballs in organic marinara sauce on a bed of melty mozzarella cheese, topped with organic micro greens, and parmesan
· Rigatoni Primavera - local organic sun chokes, sun dried tomatoes in a garlic cream sauce served over rigatoni pasta
- 8:30pm - drop off at TRU or hotels
Spaces are limited on field trips and winery tour so early registration is recommended to avoid disappointment!