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Invasive Species

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Photo: Tourism Sault Ste. Marie

Invasive plants, animals, and other organisms are introduced to our natural environment through human travel and trade. These species harm the economy and the environment by threatening the health of humans, animals, and plants. We should all know about species that are behaving badly and what each of us can do to keep them out of our backyard.

Sault Ste. Marie’s Invasive Species Centre was created in 2011. At the Invasive Species Centre, scientists work hard to prevent, detect, and control invasive species. Their research has raised awareness and produced innovative tools and practices in the fight against invasive species.

Invasive Species Map

Spot the invasive creatures that threaten the native plants and animals in our backyard. Information provided by the Invasive Species Centre.View PDF

Challenge Yourself!

  • Test your knowledge

  • Question 1

    How much does it cost to manage invasive species in Canada?

  • Did you know?

    It is estimated that global costs of invasive species exceed $1.4 trillion each year!

  • True or False

    Invasive species are not harmful to your health.

  • Did you know?

    Giant hogweed can cause burns to the skin or blindness if touched.

  • You did great!

Think about it…

Can you name three species that are invasive to the Algoma region?

How do you think invasive species get to new areas?