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Category: Invasive species

Ontario’s problem pigs

A drove of feral hogs in Texas

A drove of feral hogs in Texas, Credit: Josh Henderson CC BY 2.0

Sightings of free-roaming feral swine in Ontario have risen in recent years despite the animals’ tendency to travel at dawn, dusk and night. Some of these sightings have been made near Ottawa and Kingston. Diane Saxe, Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner, has said that feral hogs are heading north from the United States into eastern Ontario.

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Do invasive plants impact ecosystem services?

Dog-strangling vine Credit: Noah Cole

Dog-strangling vine Credit: Noah Cole

In the Cadotte Lab at the University of Toronto – Scarborough, we examine the causes and consequences of invasion success, biodiversity loss and changes in ecosystem services in Toronto’s Rouge Park, which is currently transitioning into Canada’s first National Urban Park.

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Invaders with personality

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People have different personalities. Some are shy; others are bold. Some are extraverted; others are introverted. These personality traits influence our academic success, job performance, personal relationships, health and susceptibility to disease. In the McLaughlin Lab at the University of Guelph, we are interested in detecting personality differences in animals and determining whether this kind of information can inform management. One of our projects focuses on the non-native sea lamprey and its management in the Great Lakes.

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Grow me instead!

Wild geranium thrives in dappled shade. Credit: Sandy Smith

Wild geranium thrives in dappled shade. Credit: Sandy Smith

Whether you are new to gardening or a horticultural expert, after this long winter, you’re probably eager to start planning your garden. However, before choosing plants, you may want to consider the issue of invasive plants.

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