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Calling All Citizen Scientists: Help Protect Our Hemlock Trees!

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) is an aphid-like insect, originating from Asia, which is devastating Hemlock trees throughout much of the Eastern United States. This deadly bug has been progressively moving closer to our area, and early detection of HWA is crucial to effectively managing its spread.

White masses at the base of hemlock needles are indicative of an HWA infestation.

This winter season we are once again conducting a series of field surveys in which the public is invited to join and work alongside conservationists from RTPI, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and Jamestown Community College to monitor for the presence of this invasive pest.

A group of local conservationists and citizen scientists huddle for a selfie during a recent HWA survey.

Want to get involved? Please visit http://rtpi.org/events-exhibits/upcoming-events/ for details and to view our winter 2018 schedule.  Individual surveys are also listed as events on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/rtpinstitute/. Learn it, Love it, Protect it!