November 2020 Lunchtime Forum

November 19, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

November 2020 Lunchtime Forum photo

November 19, 2020 from Noon – 1 PM

Join us for an online lunchtime forum to learn about nutria featuring Dr. Jimmy Taylor from the USDA National Wildlife Research Centre and Emily Lomas, Terrestrial Invasive Fauna Specialist, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. There will be a Q & A session afterwards.

Download the flyer here.

Nutria Research and Management

Nutria (Myocaster coypu) is a large semi-aquatic rodent, native to South America, that was released in the United States and Canada in the 1930s and 40s for fur farming. When the fur market failed, nutria were released and established local populations. Those populations have expanded and cause extreme ecological and economic damage annually. Jimmy will present an overview of the United States Department of Agriculture’s role in managing this invasive species. His presentation will include some of his research as well as that of his colleagues.    

Dr. Jimmy Taylor is a supervisory research wildlife biologist and field station leader for the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Wildlife Research Center, or NWRC. The NWRC is the research component for Wildlife Services, a federal program that is directed by the US Congress to resolve human-wildlife conflicts. Jimmy’s duty station in on the campus of Oregon State University, where he holds courtesy faculty appointments in Wildlife and Fisheries; Forestry; and Animal and Rangeland Sciences. His research is conducted at the human-wildlife interface and focuses primarily on defining impacts and developing strategies to reduce wildlife damage. His research often includes overabundant species and species of concern.


This event has now passed. Please find the recording and links from this event below:

Recording of the forum

Dr. Taylor presentation (PDF)

Nutria (Myocastor coypus) BC Prohibited Species Alert

Links provided by Dr. Taylor:

Chesapeake Bay Nutria Eradication Project

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - Nutria