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Watch: The 'Invasive Species Guy' on protecting B.C.'s biodiversity

Hunter Jarratt explains which invasive species to keep an eye out for and how you can help protect B.C.'s native plants and animals.

Hunter Jarratt is passionate about protecting plants and animals native to British Columbia from the threat of invasive species. 

Jarratt is in the Natural Resource Protection program at Vancouver Island University. He became inspired to tackle invasive species after volunteering to remove invasive scotch broom in Campbell River with the BroomBusters

His favourite ecosystems are Garry Oak meadows, one of the rarest in British Columbia.

“There is only an estimated around 5% left in near natural condition,” he told Glacier Media.

Garry Oak ecosystems are incredibly bioverse, he says, supporting meadow flowers, including the common camas, chocolate lily and fawn lily. 

If you find an invasive species, Jarratt recommends you report the discovery using the Report Invasives BC app

Find out more about invasive species on Jarratt’s TikTok and Instagram.

 

 

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