february, 2022

16feb6:00 am9:00 amUMass Extension’s Invasive Insect Webinar Series 2022: Day 16:00 am - 9:00 am


Event Details

UMass Extension’s Invasive Insect Webinar Series 2022

Wed, Feb 16, 2022 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM PST

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Wednesday, February 16, 2022 – 6 am
Thursday, February 17, 2022 – 6 am
Friday, February 18, 2022 – 6 am

6:00 AM – 8:45 AM:  Join UMass Extension’s Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Program and UMass Extension’s Fruit Program for an exciting FREE series of webinars focusing on the impact, monitoring, and management of invasive insects in Massachusetts and the nation! Topics to include browntail moth, spotted lanternfly, the biological control of emerald ash borer, invasive forest insects, invasive hornets, invasive agricultural pest updates, and more! Please note: while participants from anywhere are invited to attend, much of the material presented will be specific to Massachusetts and New England. You may want to check the material to see what is of interest to you.


6:00 – 7:15 AM: Browntail Moth in Maine and What You Should Know
Tom Schmeelk, Entomologist 2, Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry, Maine Forest Service Insect and Disease Lab
Browntail moth is a non-native species that poses human health risks as well as concerns for forest health. This species is currently experiencing a population boom in Maine and may pose a risk in other states as it is a good hitch hiker. This presentation will cover lifecycle, history, current situation and what to look for as well as management and mitigation strategies.

7:30 -8:45 AM: Invasive Forests Insects in Massachusetts: Past, Present, and Future
Nicole Keleher, Forest Health Director, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation
Background on historic forest pests in the Commonwealth as well as a dive into current insects impacting our forest landscape, and discussion of the impact of climate change on invasive insect threats of the future.


This FREE series is supported by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture through grant 21SCBPMA1011. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA. Use the links below to register for each day.


(Wednesday) 6:00 am - 9:00 am

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