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Citizen Science Workshop on Hemlock Conservation

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus, 33 Clearpool Rd., Carmel, NY
Hemlock branch with hemlock wooly adelgid infestation

Clearpool Model Forest CitSci Workshop: Hemlock Conservation
Sunday, Aug. 26th 10am-12pm
Green Chimneys Clearpool Campus
33 Clearpool Rd. Carmel, NY 10512

The Eastern hemlock is an important tree in North American forests, best known for the ecosystem services provided by its dense canopy. Hemlock trees are under attack from an invasive insect known as the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid (HWA). Infecting and killing tree after tree, HWA has resulted in the death of millions of hemlocks across the Eastern United States. The rapid loss of this once-prominent tree has led to significant changes in the quality of our forests.

Little is currently known about the timing of HWA life stages, their phenology, across New York State. Observing HWA phenology is critical to the release of biocontrol methods to manage infestations throughout New York. Data collected by citizen scientists tells land managers where and when to perform biocontrol and allows them to track HWA response to different climate factors in the field.

In this training, join an experienced field technician from the New York State Hemlock Initiative (NYSHI) as they guide you through the Clearpool Model Forest to observe the annual phenology of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Learn how to identify HWA in the field during all times of year and how you can gather data to improve biocontrol research in New York. The training will begin with a short indoor presentation and take us outside to learn how to identify this insect in the field. The outdoor component includes a 20 minute hike over moderately difficult terrain, appropriate footwear is encouraged. Please be mindful of physical limitations before registering for this training. NYSHI is now part of the National Phenology Network which utilizes the Nature's Notebook smartphone app to collect data in the field. This makes it easier than ever to observe the timing of HWA's major life stages and contribute to a crucial conservation project.

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