I was recently shown this youtube video of Dr. Mark Hoddle of UCR on a collecting trip for red palm weevil. Like a train wreck - you know what is going to happen but you still watch.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has a free mobile app for iPhones and iPads. As is the trend these days, an Android version will be available at a later time.
The app, “Report a Pest”, streamlines the reporting to CDFA by having people take photos of a suspected invasive pest and the photos are sent CDFA for evaluation.
For those of you who are not in the Apple family, you can also go to http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/ on the CDFA’s website and click on the "Report a Pest" button on the right hand side (direct link is http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/ReportaPest/).
Lots of other really great information about invasive plants and animals, including insects) is also on the site.
The NYS IPM Program has 3 professional Extension Associate positions open:
School & Turf IPM, Albany NY
Community IPM (with structural focus), Southeastern NY
Vegetable IPM, Geneva NY
Applications accepted until May 15.
Information can be found at:
Hold the date for the IPM meeting. Details still being worked out but so far:
Marina Village, San Diego on Mission Bay
lunch and new palm tree management book included.
palm biology and management
ipm at botanical gardens
soil pH and plant health
nutsedge herbicides and label updates
new NPDES regulations
Watch your email, go to cesandiego.ucanr.edu, or your mail for the registration info. Should be up by Monday
Interested in bat (the flying kind) management? Here's the opportunity to participate in a webinar on April 4 10am central time (I think that is 8am pacific)
Bats and Bat Management
Scott Hygnstrom, Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Certified Wildlife Biologist and Leader of the eXtension CoP for Wildlife Damage Management
Bats are unique creatures in the animal kingdom. They are mammals that can truly fly and many use sonar to echolocate insect prey.
Bats are very beneficial in the environment, but they can cause problems when they occupy our homes, schools, and other structures. Most problems are associated with the guano they leave behind and potential for transmitting diseases to humans, especially rabies and histoplasmosis. We will discuss how to recognize signs of bats and how to conduct a bat watch. Exclusion is the key to managing bat problems, so we will cover how to keep bats out and how to evict them if they get in.
https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/urbancop (if that doesn't work try: https://learn.extension.org/events/936)/h3>/h3>/h2>