Wednesday, March 07, 2012 2:00PM to
Wednesday, March 07, 2012 3:00PM
Presented by Mark Whitmore, of Cornell University, this program will cover important aspects of Emerald Ash Borer biology, focusing on the signs and symptoms of ash infestation. Particular attention will be paid to early detection of EAB and how birders can play an important role in this very important aspect of EAB management. The potential impacts in our communities will be great but through effective early detection the economic impacts can be minimized and the spread of EAB can be slowed.
Mark Whitmore is a Forest Entomologist in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. Mark started his career in Forest Entomology studying Spruce beetles in Alaska then moved to Berkeley to focus on the biocontrol of forest pests. Mark currently works with professional land managers, state and federal agencies, local government officials, and concerned citizens to help them understand the issues and strategies for minimizing the impact of non-native invasive insects such as the Emerald Ash Borer and Hemlock Woolly Adelgid. Mark's research focus is on the dynamics of Emerald Ash Borer population expansion and forest stand composition. He is also researching biological control of Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.