They came, they saw, they learned. And in some cases, they conquered--they conquered their fear or...
Martin Hauser, senior insect biosystematist with the Plant Pest Daignostics Branch, California Department of Food and Agriculture, shows Madagascar hissing cockroaches to visitors. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Youngsters got creative with silkworm moth cocoons. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ant specialist Zach Griebenow, a doctoral student in the Phil Ward lab, introduced visitors to magnified insects. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Brendon Boudinot (left), doctoral candidate and ant specialist, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, and major professor Phil Ward introduced visitors to the diversity of ants. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Lynn Kimsey, (standing), director of the Bohart Museum of Entomology, and Crystal Homicz, a doctoral student in forest entomology, show beetles to a visitor. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Entomologist Jeff Smith, curator of the Lepidoptera section of the Bohart Museum, talks about the thousands of butterfly and moth specimens. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis doctoral student and forest entomologist Crystal Homicz, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, talks about the diversity of beetles. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Butterflies at the Bohart. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The diversity of bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Visitors thronged the hallway of the Academic Surge Building to learn about insects and spiders. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology's seminar on Wednesday, Feb. 26 will feature...
The spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii, is one of the flies that Joanna Chiu, vice chair of the UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, studies. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, heads back to her nest at Bodega Bay. This is one of the pollinators that Rachael Vannette, assistant professor, UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, studies. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
UC Davis medical entomologist-geneticist Geoffrey Attardo studies the tsetse fly. (Photo by Geoffey Attardo)
Arathi Seshadri and Julia Fine of the USDA-ARS bee facility aim to improve honey bee survival and beekeeping sustainability in California and nationwide. Here a honey bee forages on a Spanish lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is a trapdoor spider, Aptostichus sp.,one of the species that Jason Bond, Schlinger Chair in Insect Systematics, studies. (Photo by Jason Bond)
UCCE Farm Advisor Mark Bolda will be providing a training on light brown apple moth (LBAM) that qualifies attendees to be an “approved scout” relating to the Compliance Agreement for shipment of berries to Canada. On completion of the brief training, attendees will receive a Certificate as a record of their participation.
This training will be held once in English and once in Spanish.
Where: UCCE Auditorium, 1430 Freedom Boulevard, Suite E, Watsonville, CA
When: March 10 – 9:00-10:00 AM in English
March 11 – 9:00-10:00 AM in Spanish
No pre-registration necessary. All are welcome to attend, even if they do not intend to ship berries to Canada.
Every little bit helps, and the Ventura County Resource Conservation District might help some Ventura growers.
The Ventura County Resource Conservation District (VCRCD) would like to remind agricultural producers about an existing incentives program, the Calleguas Creek Watershed Agricultural Management Measures Program (CCWAMMP). The purpose of CCWAMMP is to improve water quality in the Frontal Pacific and Revolon Slough subwatersheds of Calleguas Creek. To achieve this, VCRCD, with funding from the State Water Resources Control Board, will reimburse growers a portion of the costs needed to implement certain agricultural management measures (MMs) and irrigation efficiency upgrades. If you are a grower in the coastal region of the Calleguas Creek Watershed, please submit an on-line CCWAMMP Interest Survey to VCRCD today! The CCWAMMP interest form is available here.
VCRCD is also pleased to announce that a new incentives program, Interactive Irrigation Management to Reduce the Leaching of Nitrogen (MRLN), is expected to start April 2020. The goal of the MRLN program is to help agricultural producers build irrigation and fertilizer schedules that reduce the potential for nitrogen leaching. To achieve this goal, VCRCD will provide participants incentives for lysimeters and soil moisture sensing equipment as well as free irrigation and nutrient management technical assistance. Specifically, VCRCD will work with the landowner and agronomy professionals (such as Cooperative Extension staff) to evaluate the lysimeter and soil moisture data and provide the participating landowner guidance concerning potential irrigation and fertilization improvements. If you are near a nitrogen-impacted waterway in Ventura County, please submit a MRLN interest form here.
For more information about either of these programs, please contact Jamie Whiteford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're looking for a thought-provoking discussion on insect biodiversity and decline, mark your...
Leslie Saul-Gershenz of UC Davis will speak on "Is Insect Biodiversity, Biomass and Abundance Declining?” at the Hillside Club's Fireside Lecture Series, Berkeley, on March 2.
Conservation biologist Norm Gershenz is the CEO of SaveNature.Org.