Winter is the best time to spot the invasive hemlock woolly adelgid, and you can help monitor them from Feb. 12 through March 12 in New York’s first statewide Winter Mapping Challenge. You could win a prize!
To participate: Get outside, find some hemlock trees and check for white “fuzz balls” on the undersides of twigs– these are the egg masses. Report your findings to iMap.
Even if you don’t find any signs of hemlock woolly adelgids, let iMap know by submitting a “not-detected” report –these reports are also essential in tracking the distribution of these pests.
The top reporter of presence and not-detected records for hemlock woolly adelgid from Feb. 12 through March 12 will win the challenge.
About the hemlock woolly adelgid
Winter is the best time to look for the tiny hemlock woolly adelgid because you can see the wool that gives it its name. The wool insulates the insect from cool winter temperatures and creates a sac in which to lay eggs during the spring.
Eastern hemlock is New York’s third most common tree species and a foundation species in our forests. Hemlocks are important for maintaining healthy wildlife habitats as well as human interests such as water resources. Their loss would drastically change our landscape.