Hello Master Naturalists,
You are invited to attend a Wasp Watchers biosurveillance field training in early August. Wasp Watchers is a citizen science project that engages volunteers in the biosurveillance of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). A native, stingless, ground-nesting wasp called the smoky winged beetle bandit (Cerceris fumipennis) hunts for wood boring beetles including EAB. Citizen scientists can intercept the foraging wasps using an aerial net and the beetle prey can be captured and identified to determine if EAB is present at that site. Volunteer and help with EAB early detection!
These 1.5 hour long field trainings will provide an opportunity to learn about the EAB biosurveillance process with hands-on opportunities to try it yourself. Equipment will be provided and participants will learn to identify the Cerceris wasp and nests and learn how to use an aerial insect net to capture the wasp and collect its beetle prey. See the below information for the dates, times, and locations:
These trainings are FREE, but pre-registration is necessary. Click here to REGISTER online or call 612-301-8310 to register by phone. Maps and parking instructions will be provided with registration confirmation by e-mail.
Dates and Locations:
Wednesday, July 12: 1:00-2:30pm at Battle Creek Middle School in St. Paul
Thursday, July 13: 1:00-2:30pm at Northdale Park in Oakdale
Friday, July 14: 1:00-2:30pm at Turtle Lake Elementary School in Shoreview
Monday, July 17: 1:00 -2:30pm at Taylor’s Falls Elementary in Taylor’s Falls
Tuesday, July 18: 1:00 -2:30pm at Banta Park in Wyoming
Friday, July 21: 1:00 -2:30pm at Purgatory Park in Minnetonka
Monday, July 24: 1:00 -2:30pm at Marine Elementary School in Marine on St. Croix
Tuesday, July 25: 1:00 -2:30pm at Scandia (site to be determined) in Scandia
Wednesday, July 26: 1:00 -2:30pm at Tolzmann Park in Wyoming
- Dress for the weather as the workshops are held entirely outside.
- The wasps are not active in the rain, so the training will be cancelled if it is raining.
Jennifer Schultz, Wasp Watchers Program Coordinator
University of Minnesota Extension
Department of Entomology
219 Hodson Hall
1980 Folwell Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108