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1566NIIPP Announcement: need cooperators for bio-surveillance project

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  • Ray K Geroff
    May 18, 2011
    Thought maybe anyone located in or around emerald ash borer areas may be interested in participating in this project.

    Ray Geroff

    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    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

    fax 630-719-2433<tel:630-719-2433>


    Cathy McGlynn
    Northeast Illinois Invasive Plant Partnership
    c/o Chicago Botanic Garden
    1000 Lake Cook Road
    Glencoe, IL 60022
    E: cathy.mcglynn@...<mailto:cathy.mcglynn@...>
    O 847-242-6423 M 845-667-4981 F 847-242-6330