Minnesota Master Naturalist

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ADV - Wasp Watchers Training

Tolzmann Park website

274th St and Fi
Wyoming, MN 55092

USING A HARMLESS, NATIVE BEETLE-HUNTING WASP TO HELP DETECT EMERALD ASH BORER

Date: Wednesday, July 19, 10:00am to 2:00pm (Thursday, July 20th is the rain back up date)

Fascinated by insects? Want to help in the battle against the Emerald Ash Borer?

Become a Wasp Watcher! Wasp Watchers is a citizen science project that engages volunteers in the biosurveillance of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). Emerald Ash Borer is an invasive wood boring beetle that has destroyed tens of millions of ash trees in over 20 states. It is currently found in 12 counties in Minnesota (plus Park Point in Duluth) and has the potential to have an enormous impact on both city and forest landscapes. With the help of a harmless ground-nesting wasp (Cerceris fumipennis) that hunts wood-boring beetles including EAB, we can monitor for the presence of these destructive invasive beetles. The female Cerceris wasps hunt for beetles in the trees and bring their prey back to their nest holes in the ground to feed to their offspring. An observer can easily watch a wasp colony and collect their beetle prey to check for EAB presence. Come and learn more!

Why participate? Insect collecting is great fun. This is insect collecting with a conservation-driven purpose—to help our ash trees! The wasps are harmless and quite engaging to watch! You’ll discover that most wasps are not, in fact, terrible! Let your inner child and entomologist come and have fun with the Wasp Watchers program!

Instructors: Jennifer Schultz, U of MN Entomology Department, Stephan Carlson, U of MN Extension Includes: The training will be held entirely out of doors. There will be classroom activities held at the park picnic shelter and field collection activities in the afternoon. Lunch and snacks are provided. Dress for outdoor weather. This training cannot be held during rain (the wasps are inactive) so in case of rain, the training will be held on Thursday, July 20th, same location, time, etc. If the training is held on the rain back-up date, notification will be sent.

Cost: Master Naturalist 25.00, Non-Master Naturalist $35.00

Contact: Stephan Carlson at carls009@umn.edu or call 612-624-8186 https://www.regonline.com/ADVWaspWatchers

For more information click WASP WATCER FLYER

The course cost is $25 and includes course manuals and supplies.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Stephan Carlson

Dr. Stephan Carlson. Dr. Carlson has worked for the U of M Extension and the College of Food Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences for the last 25 years doing outreach and teaching classes in environmental education (EE) and interpretation. He has worked in the fields of EE, outdoor recreation, informal science education and environmental interpretation for the past 35 years. In addition to his work teaching interpretation, he also teaches Science and Math summer school on the White Earth Indian Reservation. His research is on understanding the components that informal science experiences have on young people and how to develop quality programs that incorporate these components in environmental education.

Jennifer Schultz

Sponsor Information

University of MN Extension


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