National Spotters Network
What is a National Spotters Network?
A National Spotters Network is generally made up of a dedicated group of volunteers located across Canada who are trained to identify and report invasive species. The National Spotters Network that currently exists is made up of the invasive species councils across Canada and their reporting tools. The intent of the National Spotters Network is to increase the number of eyes (trained volunteers) on the ground and on the alert for new and existing invasive species infestations so that they can be reported to the appropriate agencies, and subsequently acted upon.
Prevention is always the best option when dealing with invasive species. However, when that fails and an invasive species enters Canada, the next best option is to detect and respond to the invasion in a timely manner in the hopes of eradicating it before it spreads any further. By increasing the capacity for early detection of new invasive species occurrences, a National Spotters Network will improve the distributional and ecological data in each of the participating provinces/territories, as well as contribute to national early detection and rapid response (EDRR) efforts.
To assist in further development of Spotters Networks, we developed a National Spotters Action Plan.
Goals of a National Spotters Network
- Nationally, raise public awareness about invasive alien species.
- Encourage and support the development and promotion of spotters networks in all Canadian provinces/territories.
- Promote unity and coordinate information sharing amongst provincial/territorial spotters networks, and ultimately,
- Contribute to an increased national capacity for early detection and rapid response (EDRR).
National Spotter's Networks Across Canada
Spotters Networks improve the distributional and ecological data in provinces and territories, as well as contribute nationally to early detection and rapid response (EDRR) efforts. Members of a Canadian Spotter’s Network share a common interest in reducing the economic, social and environmental impacts of invasive species. To find out how to become apart of your provincial or territorial Spotters Network or just help report invasive species you have seen, click here.