Learn how to be citizen scientist in Chautauqua County

Date(s) - Thursday, Dec 04, 2014
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Roger Tory Peterson Institute


Whether on your property, on your street or within a local park or forest, ash trees (Fraxinus sp.) and eastern hemlock trees (Tsuga canadensis) are being threatened by invasive insect pests. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute are teaming up for a proactive Forest Pest Outreach Project that will empower residents and winter outdoor enthusiasts to report possible sightings and potentially prevent pest infestations.

The project will kick off with a Forest Pest Informational Session from 6 -7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4  at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, 311 Curtis St., Jamestown.

The presentation will highlight the biology as well as the signs and symptoms of the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid and the Emerald Ash Borer. In addition to the overview of HWA and EAB, the program will focus on enhancing the early detection of these invasive insects.

A new citizen science monitoring project is being piloted this winter at several locations along the Chautauqua County Snowmobile Trail System. The details of this project will also be included in the informational session, such as what to look for and how to report possible HWA or EAB.

Elyse Henshaw, Conservation Technician for RTPI and Betsy Burgeson, Master Gardener Program Coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension, will be leading the program. It is sponsored in part by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Forest Pests Outreach and Survey Project (USDA-APHIS FPOSP), and New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

This collaborative educational effort is free and open to the general public, homeowners, outdoor enthusiasts and anyone concerned about invasive insect introductions to New York.

If you would like to attend this informational session, please RSVP by Tuesday, Dec. 2 to Betsy Burgeson at (716) 664-9502 x 204 or emh92@cornell.edu.