UPDATE: Project UFO was recently featured in the online magazine, Innovation Canada: click here to read more about it!
Project UFO (Unidentified Foreign Organisms) is a collaborative initiative in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada, between scientists, research assistants, and students at Cape Breton University (CBU) and Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP) Cape Breton to increase public awareness about the invasive alien species that threaten our regional ecosystems.
The primary objectives are to better understand the status of invasive species on Cape Breton Island and to inform environmental stakeholders about the best way to prevent the introduction or spread of these alien invaders.
An alien species is a plant or animal occurring in an area outside of its known natural range as a result of accidental or intentional introduction from human activities. An alien species is considered invasive if its introduction and spread causes harm to the environment, economy or society.
One of our team members, Sheralynne, will tell you more about our project in the video below:
We recently joined twitter! Check out our latest tweets at: http://twitter.com/projectufo
Take a look at all the fun we had at the Project UFO Day Camp!
Thank you to everyone who came out to our end-of-the-summer Aliens on the Beach Bash in August and the Eco Expo in October. Visit our Aliens on the Beach page for pictures of the Beach Bash.
Aquatic invasive species we are already monitoring or on the look out for here on Cape Breton Island include such intriguing or notorious creatures as the European green crab, Asian shore crab, Chinese mitten crab, Japanese skeleton shrimp, lacy crust bryozoan, various sea squirts, oyster thief or dead man’s fingers, spinycheek crayfish, and rock snot.
Two terrestrial invasive plants that environmental resource managers are concerned about in Cape Breton, especially in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, are the Japanese knotweed and Scotch broom.
Please browse our web site, learn more about our local ecosystems, and we encourage you to volunteer for our community-based monitoring programs.
Funding for this project was provided in part by the Invasive Alien Species Partnership Program, a Government of Canada initiative.