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Posted on: June 17, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Help Find New Emerald Ash Borer Infestations; Become a Wasp Watcher

Wasp Watchers monitor and look for Smoky Winged Beetle Bandit Wasp nests. These harmless, stingless, native wasps prey on Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and other insects. Follow the link to learn more about upcoming training...

Wasp Watchers monitor and look for Smoky Winged Beetle Bandit Wasp (Cerceris fumipennis) nests. These harmless, stingless, native wasps prey on Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and other insects. Finding an EAB in their nest is an indication that EAB infested trees are nearby. You can learn more about Wasp Watchers at the My Minnesota Woods Website www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu/eab/waspwatchers.

The following training opportunities have also been announced:

You are invited to attend a biosurveillance field training in July. These two-hour long field trainings will provide an opportunity to learn about the EAB biosurveillance process with hands-on opportunities to try it yourself. Equipment will be provided and participants will learn to identify the Cerceris wasp and nests and learn how to use an aerial insect net to capture the wasp and collect its beetle prey. Because the wasps are inactive during rain, there are scheduled rain back-up dates for each training session.

The trainings are FREE, but pre-registration is necessary. Follow the link below to register online or call 612-301-8310 to register by phone. Maps and parking instructions will be provided with registration confirmation by e-mail.

Training opportunities will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Monday, July 11, at Northdale Park in Oakdale; Wednesday, July 13, at Pinger's Plaza Park in Ham Lake; and Monday, July 18, at Banta Park in Wyoming. If a workshop is cancelled due to rain, a make-up workshop will be scheduled for the following day.

In addition to these trainings, Wasp Watchers and EAB biosurveillance will be highlighted at Native Bee Day (and Wasp) event at Afton State Park on Saturday, July 9th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There is an active Cerceris wasp nesting site at Afton State Park and beetles will be captured as part of the event. To learn more, check out the Afton State Park Events Calendar www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/afton.

Be sure to dress for the weather as the workshops are held entirely outside. If rain is expected for the day of the training, you will receive an e-mail shifting the training to the alternative rain date.

Call 952-953-2400 if you have questions about Natural Resources in Apple Valley.

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