Win Back Our Wild!
Phragmites australis is an invasive species of reed that arrived in Canada from Europe in the early 1920s. This reed is a vigorous grower which often out-competes native wetland species, like cattails, and reduces the habitat for all our native wetland species. In addition, they greatly alter the aesthetics of a landscape and reduce visibility by growing over 5 meters tall! Although it is "pretty" it is highly disruptive and degrades our natural ecosystems.
Learn how to identify this species and prevent it from invading your lake by becoming a Phrag Fighter!
Thank you for your interest in helping to save our aquatic biodiversity!
See billowy reeds, but aren't sure if its Phragmites? Do not worry! Our training workshops will provide you with all the information that you need to become an expert at Phrag surveying and removal. Everyone who wishes to volunteer must fill out the Workshop Sign-Up Form (if you are unable to attend a live session or are a returning volunteer, please select that option on the Workshop Sign-Up Form).
Phragmites is an invasive and aggressive plant that is threatening much of the aquatic biodiversity in southern Ontario...but it can be controlled.
There are two ways that you can volunteer as a Phrag Fighter:
- Survey your area and report any Phragmities stands you discover
- Join us in the field and to help remove Phragmities in-person. If you are interested, you can participate in both!
Teaming up to fight phragmites is fun and rewarding. We offer online tools to teach you what to do and what not to do, how to report your findings to us, and we offer ongoing support with our team.
If you are a returning volunteer you are not required to attend another workshop session; however we strongly encourage you to attend one so you can re-familiarize yourself with protocols and our team. Please note: you must still fill out the Workshop Sign-Up Form and indicate that you are a returning volunteer.
NOTE: THERE ARE DANGERS IN THESE ACTIVITIES.
BY PARTICIPATING IN THESE ACTIVITIES YOUR ARE ACCEPTING THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH THESE.
Learn more about invasive species by reading our blogs!
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