Invasive fish species such as yellow perch are a concern in B.C. (Invasive Species Council of B.C. photo)

Invasive fish species such as yellow perch are a concern in B.C. (Invasive Species Council of B.C. photo)

Naturalists welcome speaker on invasive species detection

Callander will discuss her work developing a genetic detection tool for invasive fish

The Cowichan Valley Naturalists present speaker Davon Callander, PhD, Tuesday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m. to talk invasive species at the Freshwater Eco-Centre, 1080 Wharncliffe Rd., Duncan.

The talk will be about new environmental DNA technologies for invasive species detection.

Davon is a postdoctoral fellow at Fisheries and Oceans’ Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo. She works closely with the B.C. Ministry of Environment and is developing new environmental DNA technologies for invasive species detection and bio-surveillance of freshwater fish communities in B.C.

She will discuss her work developing a genetic detection tool for invasive fish in British Columbia lakes. Originally from Courtenay, she moved back to Vancouver Island in December 2014 after about 15 years away (Alberta, New Zealand, U.S.) and now lives in Cowichan Bay. She also volunteers at the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre.