Sat. Mar 2nd, 2024

Today’s post comes from our friends at the Invasive Species Center.

Outdoor adventurers: we need your help. Invasive species are infiltrating our parks and protected areas, but if we don’t know where they are, it’s difficult to stop their spread.

Become an invasive species fighter by reporting any suspected invasive species sightings!

What is EDDMapS?

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EDDMapS stands for Early Detection Distribution Mapping System. It is an international web-based mapping system for documenting invasive species.

It’s fast, easy to use and doesn’t require any high-tech equipment; a smartphone will suffice.

Simply enter your invasive species sightings into the app or website, including snapshots and information specific to the infestation.

Is that how it works:

Where does my data go?

Once you enter a sighting, your information will be immediately uploaded to the EDDMapS website for verification.

EDDMapS species experts take a look and if the species is determined to be invasive, it is officially mapped and shared on EDDMapS distribution maps.


These distribution maps are made available to scientists, researchers, land managers, landowners, educators, conservationists, ecologists, farmers, foresters, government staff, and members of the public free of charge to assist with invasive species management plans. .

Ready to help?

He EDDMapS application It is available for iPhone and Android devices. You can download it here.

Not a fan of apps? Report your sightings through the EDDMapS website here.

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Learn about these evil invasives and how you can help exclude them from Ontario parks and protected areas at the Invasive Species Centre.