I guess we don't have any invasive insects to learn about in the SW corner of VT. Luck us!
> Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2010 15:22:43 -0400
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> Subject: [VTBIRD] Free Invasive Insect Workshops
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> Sorry if it's not cool to post this here, but since invasive insects
> that have the potential to destroy Vermont forests and urban landscapes
> could certainly affect bird populations, I thought you all would be
> Rhonda Mace here, from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. I am the
> invasive insect outreach coordinator and have set up several workshops
> throughout Vermont on how to identify these pests and what you can do to
> help eradicate them if and when they enter our state. Below is a flyer
> with current dates and places listed. If you think an organization or
> your workplace would be interested in hosting a workshop, please don't
> hesitate to contact me via the email or phone listed on flyer. These
> workshops are free and open to all for a learning experience and a
> combined effort for a quick response to potential infestations.
> Thanks for your time and spread the word!
> Invasive Insect Workshop and Visual Survey
> Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) and Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
> Educational Workshop
> The Vermont Agency of Agriculture invites you to attend a free
> educational workshop designed to teach volunteer citizens how to
> identify the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) and Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).
> This will help to ensure early detection and better chances of quick
> eradication of these destructive non-native forest pests.
> The preferred host for the ALB is maple trees, although it will attack
> many different hardwoods, making it a real and serious threat to the
> Vermont landscape and economy. EAB attacks all species of ash trees,
> with the ability to kill a stand within a year or two after infestation.
> EAB has been detected 30 miles north of Vermontís border and a large
> scale infestation of ALB was discovered in Worchester, Massachusetts in
> 2008. We are essentially being flanked from north and south by some
> potentially very destructive pests.
> The workshops will include a presentation followed by time in the field
> to teach volunteer citizens how to identify ALB/EAB. The slide show
> will include information on the threat to Vermontís forests, the biology
> of ALB/EAB, including how to recognize the larval and adult stages, how
> to recognize external symptoms of ALB/EAB infestation on host trees, and
> who to contact should they see this pest. Bring binoculars (if you have
> them), comfy shoes, rain gear, and a notebook. All ages are encouraged
> to take part in the workshop.
> Further questions about the workshop contact Rhonda Mace; EAB/ALB
> Outreach Coordinator: ph:802-505-0200 or [log in to unmask]
> List of current workshops available:
> Date Place
> 10-Jul Fairbanks Museum, St. Johnsbury
> 13-Jul Fletcher Free Library, Burlington
> Fletcher Room
> 17-Jul Arvin A. Brown Public Library, Richford
> 18-Jul Vermont Festival of the Great Outdoors
> White Horse Inn, Waitsfield
> 21-Jul Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
> Forest Center, Woodstock
> 22-Jul Springfield Town Library
> 24-Jul Birds of Vermont Museum
> 17-Aug St. Albans Free Library
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