1566NIIPP Announcement: need cooperators for bio-surveillance project
- May 18, 2011Thought maybe anyone located in or around emerald ash borer areas may be interested in participating in this project.
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From: Edith Makra EMakra@...<mailto:EMakra@...>
The Morton Arboretum is cooperating with the US Forest Service to explore the feasibility of using a native, non-stinging, ground-nesting wasp, Cerceris fumipennis, to locate emerald ash borer infestations.
The prevalence and location of these wasp colonies are not known, and we need help locating them. Cerceris colonies are often found in packed sand soils. Ballfields, other athletic fields, sandy driveways, parking lots and even fire rings are likely locations. Therefore, we are asking for assistance from forest preserve districts, park districts and other land managers in watching for signs of wasp activity or nests this summer.
Should we be successful in locating wasp colonies, we would like to collaborate to develop a citizen science project to monitor for EAB in 2012.
Please see the attached flier for more information. and forward to CW partners.
Edith Makra Kusnierz
Community Trees Advocate
The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle, IL 60532
Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership
c/o Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
Glencoe, IL 60022
O 847-242-6423 M 845-667-4981 F 847-242-6330