Cornell Cooperative Extension- Dutchess County is hosting a series of citizen science training webinars in June. These workshops will prepare individuals such as gardeners, hikers, landscapers and forest managers to scout for different types of pests. Training will include identification, potential damage, methods of spread, monitoring and management of these pests and diseases. Trainees will be asked to be “boots on the ground” to assist in the detection of the pests and to report them using the NYS DEC iMapInvasives mobile application.
This June 16 webinar will focus on Asian jumping worm. Jumping worms (Amynthas sp.) cause harm by damaging the soil in forests, turf and gardens. Their cocoons survive our winters and spread in soil or compost. They have been in our region for some time, but are under-reported.
Here is a list of the remaining webinars as part of this series.
Tuesday, June 9 Introduction, Citizen Science, Beech leaf disease
Thursday, June 11 Spotted lanternfly (SLF)
Tuesday, June 16 Jumping worms
Thursday, June 18 iMapInvasives, Call to Action.
CCE Dutchess County will deliver the training via Zoom, 9:30 – 11:00. Click here to register for the series.
Questions can be addressed to Joyce Tomaselli, CCEDC, email@example.com, 845-677-8223 ext. 134
This program is part of the Lower Hudson Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management’s efforts to stop the spread of invasive species in the Lower Hudson Valley.