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Wasp Watchers: Engaging volunteers in EAB biosurveillance

Minnesota Master Naturalist
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Join a team of scientists as they share their research each Thursday in April from noon to 1 pm. The webinars will cover the basic research projects, how to get involved, and how you can become a Citizen Scientist!

Cost is $20 per webinar or $50 for the series, or attend live for free in room 19 Green Hall on the UMN St. Paul campus where you can meet the researchers.

April 12 Speaker: Jen Schultz

The Wasp Watchers Program brings together citizen scientist volunteers and native, stingless, ground-nesting wasps called smoky winged beetle bandits (Cerceris fumipennis) for the purpose of finding emerald ash borer (EAB). These harmless beetle bandit wasps hunt for wood boring beetles (including EAB) in the trees and return to their underground nests with beetles to provide food for their offspring. Citizen scientists can intercept the foraging wasps using an aerial net and the beetle prey can be captured and identified to determine if EAB is present at that site. Volunteer and help with EAB detection!