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A Call for Citizen Scientists

While it seems as though winter is just around the corner, we are nearing the perfect time of year to explore our local forests in search of an invasive forest pest known as Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA). HWA is an aphid-like insect, originating from Asia, which feeds off of the food storage cells below the needles of an Eastern Hemlock tree and hides itself under white woolly masses for protection. Within only a matter of 4-10 years an individual tree can succumb to an HWA infestation if left unnoticed. This deadly bug has been progressively moving closer to the area as it has spread throughout much of the eastern United States, leaving massive stands of hemlocks dead in their wake. With infestations recently found in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Warren Counties, its presence is becoming an increased threat to any forest within the area. Early detection of this particular pest is crucial as the spread of HWA can be managed.

Collaborating organizations joined by a multitude of dedicated community members are working together to spread the word about HWA while slowing its actual spread throughout the region. While there is growing awareness of this invasive forest pest, these organizations and citizens are calling for assistance. To start the season off, RTPI will host a Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Citizen Scientist training at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute on Wednesday November 15th from 6:00-7:00PM. During this training Conservation Technician Elyse Henshaw will present information on the impact HWA is having on forests throughout the eastern United States, how to identify signs and symptoms of an infestation and describe what to do if in fact they are found within the region. This training session will also introduce attendees to methods of surveying as well as reporting results through a variety of avenues. Once equipped with knowledge, citizens are invited to assist in field surveys led by Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI), Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy (CWC) and Jamestown Community College (JCC) or will be welcome to adopt their own sites to monitor through the High Allegheny Hemlock Conservation Partnership.

Any questions about the training session or survey efforts can be directed to Elyse Henshaw (RTPI) at [email protected] or by calling 716-665-2473 ext. 231. The Roger Tory Peterson Institute is located at 311 Curtis Street, Jamestown NY.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey Dates


This winter season we will have a series of field surveys in which the public is invited to join and work alongside Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy and Jamestown Community College researchers, conservationists and professors. As we all know, Western New York winter weather can be rather snowy and cold. Individuals interested in participating in surveys should be prepared for the weather with warm clothing and boots. Snow pants and snow shoes or cross country skis are highly recommended when snow pack is deep.

Questions? Contact Elyse Henshaw RTPI Conservation Technician at ehenshawATrtpi.org or by calling 716-665-2473 ext. 231 or Jonathan Townsend CWC Lands Manager at jonathanATchautauquawatershed.org or by calling 716-664-2166.

The following survey efforts will be open for the public to join:

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey: Saturday January 12th, 2019 10:00am
Join us Saturday morning for our first survey of the season! We will be surveying the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy’s Dobbin’s Woods Preserve located on Bly Hill Road in the town of Ashville. We will meet at 10:00am in the preserve parking lot. Visit http://chautauquawatershed.org/index.php/preserves/our-preserves for directions to the preserve.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey: Friday January 18th, 2019 1:00pm
As a part of the High Allegheny Hemlock Conservation Partnership, led by the U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy, RTPI and JCC adopted South Valley State Forest to survey and contribute information to these agencies as well as the Department of Environmental Conservation. Join us as we survey two sites on the state forest lands. We will meet in the RTPI parking lot promptly at 12:30 to carpool and meet on-site around 1:00pm. For those meeting on-site, please meet near the bridge on Sawmill Run Road approx. 42°02.511'N 079°00.580'W. For more information and directions to South Valley State Forest please visit: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/68293.html

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey: Saturday January 26th, 2019 10:00am
We will be surveying the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy’s newly established Goose Creek Valley Greenway Preserve located on Hoag Road in the town of Ashville. We will meet at 10:00am at the entrance of the site located approx. 42°05'04.9"N 79°22'35.6"W. Visit http://chautauquawatershed.org/index.php/preserves/our-preserves for directions to the preserve.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey: Friday February 1st, 2019 1:00pm
In addition to our South Valley State Forest site, we are also surveying the Hatch Run Conservation Demonstration Area in Warren Pennsylvania for the joint U.S. Forest Service and Nature Conservancy project. We will meet in the RTPI parking lot promptly at 12:30 to carpool and meet on-site in the Hatch Run parking lot (located off of Hatch Run Road in Warren PA) around 1:00pm. For more information about Hatch Run please visit: http://www.wcconservation.net/hatch-run-conservation-demonstration-area/

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey: Friday February 9th, 2019 1:00pm
We will be surveying the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy’s Elm Flats First Preserve located on Lawson Road in the town of Chautauqua. We will meet in front of the preserve to give instruction and then hike to the hemlock stand. Please visit http://chautauquawatershed.org/index.php/preserves/our-preserves for directions.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Survey: Friday February 15th, 2019 1:00pm
Join us as we explore our backyard and survey the Jamestown Community College and Roger Tory Peterson Institute’s preserves. We will meet in the RTPI parking lot at 1pm to provide instruction and work our way through the preserves.