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Wasp Watcher

Main Project Information
Goal Monitor wasp colonies for presence of Emerald Ash Borer
Task Collect beetles at wasp colonies
Where Global, anywhere on the planet NH & Other States
Description

Monitoring wasp colonies for invasive beetles that kill trees...WaspWatchers is a citizen scientist program which began in Maine and has now spread throughout Ontario, New England, the Eastern Seaboard and parts of the Midwest (Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan). Across this broad area, the program’s goal is to… Engage and support the general public and government agencies with discovery and monitoring of their natural Cerceris fumipennis colonies; monitoring for both native and introduced species of Buprestidae beetles including the Emerald Ash Borer. Who are WaspWatchers? They are a combination of enthusiastic government staff, students and public volunteers. An efficient alliance is to utilize professional staff/students to search for colonies and then enlist the public volunteers to ‘adopt’ and monitor the colonies.

How to Join

1.In NH Contact Jennifer.Weimer@dred.nh.gov
2.Attend a free training workshop in July
3.Monitor your colony for 3 sunny mid-days in July or August
4.‘Steal’ beetles from wasps and send them in for ID
5.All equipment will be provided
6.More info: www.cerceris.info

Project Timing Seasonal from July-September
Website http://www.cerceris.info
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Other
Average Time An hour or so
Spend the Time outdoors
Tags beetles, eab, emerald ash borer, forests, insects, trees, wasps
Project Updated 08/16/2017