Community Science at Hoyt Arboretum: Early Detection of Invasive Pests

Community Science at Hoyt Arboretum: Early Detection of Invasive Pests

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Date(s) - April 8, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Join Hoyt Arboretum’s plant taxonomist and herbarium curator Mandy Tu for an online Zoom workshop on Thursday, April 8 from 10-11am to learn about this new community science project at Hoyt Arboretum!

The Early Detection of Invasive Pests community science project will  survey and report on three non-native plant pests that are not yet present at Hoyt Arboretum: spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis), and Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica). This volunteer-driven community science project will contribute to developing an ongoing monitoring process for pests at Hoyt Arboretum and serve as a model for early detection at other public gardens.

At this introductory training, volunteers will learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of the three insect pests, become familiar with the tree species and locations or traps to be surveyed, and learn how to report and record their data. Volunteers who decide to continue with the project and participate in onsite monitoring will need to attend a second in-person field session to visit their assigned site and learn how to check the insect traps.

Volunteers should be available to monitor their assigned site weekly during the growing season (approximately May through October) and are encouraged to be available for a minimum 6-month commitment. This volunteer role is a great opportunity for individuals interested in community science and volunteering outdoors with a flexible schedule. Read the volunteer position description here.

This online training will be recorded, and the video will be shared with individuals who are not available during the live session.

Questions? Please contact Becky at volunteer@hoytarboretum.org.

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