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BCC to Host Workshop on the Asian Long-Horned Beetle
Aug 15, 2011
Berkshire Community College's (BCC) Green Team will host a Asian Long-Horned Beetle Workshop on Wednesday, August 17 at 6:30 PM room 207 Hawthorne Hall on the college's main campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Attendees are invited to become a citizen-scientists "Beetle Detectives": and will learn to find signs of Asian Longhorned Beetles (ALB) and Emerald Ash Borers (EAB). Berkshire Natural Resources Council and Berkshire Environmental Action Team will train participants to recognize signs of these insects as part of the USDA's effort to control the beetles. The ALB is a broad-spectrum pest, feeding on wood of deciduous hardwood trees to the point that the host tree starves. The EAB feeds exclusively on ash trees, killing the host within a few years of infestation. Homeowners with shade trees, forest owners, hunters, birdwatchers, and all nature lovers should be aware of what to look for.

Scientists believe the emerald ash borer may reach the Berkshires soon; the Asian longhorned beetle was found in Worcester in 2008. The Asian longhorned Beetle can be stopped, but we need to know if it is present in our part of the state. Early detection will save trees!

For more information about the workshop contact Jane at jane@thebeatnews.org or 413-230-7321

 Additional information about the beetles can be found online at: beetledetectives.com, beetlebusters.info, and stopthebeetle.info.


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