- Where will you learn more about invasive species in your area?
- Where will you look for invasive species? Will everyone look in their own backyard, or will you work in teams to look around a local park or hiking trail?
- How will you report any pests you find?
- Use CFIA’s Plant Pest Cards to learn about different pests that might be common in your area.
- During a meeting, look around your meeting area or another local area and see if you can spot any evidence of pests, or any affected trees.
- Alternatively, you can learn about pests during a meeting and then look around trees in your backyard or on your street.
- If you spot any pests, have your Scouter or parent contact CFIA (the Canadian Food Inspection Agency) and tell them what you have spotted.
- Why is it important to know about pests in your area?
- What kind of damage can pests do?
- How can you teach others to be on the lookout for pests?
Keep it Simple
- Start by learning about the pests in your area and the plants that they could harm. Print or draw a picture of the pests and plants so that you know exactly what you are looking for.
Take it Further
- Take your pest-hunt on the road. Next time you’re at a camp, plan some of your day around pest-hunting. Check any trees at camp for evidence of pest activity. If you see any, let the camp ranger or warden know and encourage them to report it to CFIA.