Online course: February 21 – April 17
Did you know that most invasive insect infestations are first discovered not by professionals, but by alert community members? The Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program is offering a free on-line Forest Pest First Detectors course. This introductory course will train participants to identify the signs and symptoms of common forest invasive pests of concern: emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid, Asian longhorned beetle, spotted lanternfly and tree-of-heaven; jumping worms, oak wilt, and beech leaf disease. For this special version of the course, we are partnering with Audubon Vermont, Vermont Center for Ecostudies, VT Fish and Wildlife, and the VT Dept. of Forests, Parks, and Recreation to include content exploring the relationship between invasive insects, forest health, and bird populations.
The 8 week course is free and self-paced and runs February 21st – April 17th. It will include six optional live webinars and three optional field trips. Click here to learn more about the course.