Reminder – the fourth and final presentation will take place this coming Wednesday, May 5th at 7:00 pm!

If you want to attend and have not registered already (and received confirmation) please register by e-mailing FoRPHCOttawa@gmail.com

 

The Friends of Riverview Park Hydro Corridor (FoRPHC) would like to welcome you to our winter Speaker Series to help educate us on the issues, opportunities and challenges facing our Riverview Park Hydro Corridor.

 

Our fourth and final speaker is Iola Price from the Ontario Council of Invasive Species. Iola will talk to us about urban biodiversity and the challenge of invasive species, particularly Buckthorn and Dog Strangling Vine.

 

Iola Price, is a retired biologist.  She started her career as a wildlife biologist with the Canadian Wildlife Service, initially working on contaminant effects on fish-eating birds on the Great Lakes.  Other exciting parts of her work included hacking Peregrine Falcons in an urban setting, being responsible for national coordination of programs on endangered species and transboundary wildlife and the CWS Latin American Program of contact and joint research with countries in Latin America.

 

Iola moved to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans as the Director, Aquaculture and Oceans Science.  There she co-chaired the fed.-prov. committee writing the National Code on Introduction and Transfer of Aquatic Organisms and at various times was responsible for national coordination of programs on biological and physical oceanography and impact of changes in the oceans on fish populations; habitat science and acid rain impacts on fish populations; salmonid and new species aquaculture research; and, Canada’s fish health program.

 

Her volunteer work has included being a member and then chair of the Ottawa Forests and Greenspace Advisory Committee (reporting to Ottawa City Council) 2001-2007 advising on urban and rural tree and forestry issues, wetlands protection etc. and was the President of the Ontario Invasive Plant Council from 2014 to 2019.   She hosts the annual informal meeting of the Ottawa-Area Invasive Plant Group and is still a member of the OIPC Board and just loves to pull buckthorn, garlic mustard and dog-strangling vine.

 

The presentation will be a Zoom conference call lasting about ~30-45 minutes followed by a Q&A session.