29th Vertebrate Pest Conference
The 29th Vertebrate Pest Conference, an educational event for discussing and exchanging information on human-wildlife conflicts, will be held March 2 – March 5, 2020 at the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, Santa Barbara, California. This is an applied Conference with CE units available for those in need. Special symposia for this year's Conference include “Predator Management”, “New Technologies for Managing Wildlife”, and “Island Invaders”, with additional concurrent sessions covering numerous aspects of human-wildlife conflict resolution. The Conference will kick off on Monday, March 2nd with an optional all-day field trip covering many human-wildlife conflict topics in the region. See the Preliminary Program for additional details on both the presentation topics, as well as the field trip details: http://www.vpconference.org/. Pre-registration is now open. Varying registration levels are available including full and daily registration, as well as discounted rates for retirees and students: https://www.target-specialty.com/vertebrate-pest-conference. Hotel rooms are currently reserved at the Conference hotel, but the number is limited. We encourage you to reserve your rooms as soon as possible to ensure the availability of the discounted Conference rate: https://book.passkey.com/event/49895504/owner/3105901/home. For additional details, see http://www.vpconference.org/ or contact Niamh Quinn (email@example.com).
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Zachary Griebenow, shown here at UC Davis Picnic Day, will present his research on ants at the Bohart Museum of Entomology open house. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Forensic entomologist Alexander Dedmon is enthusiastic about his research. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Doctoral Yao Cai (left) (shown here with undergraduate student Christopher Ocoa, will discuss his circadian clock research on fruit flies and monarch butterflies. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Charlotte Alberts studies assassin flies and also draws them! This is an Ommatius amula with prey.
Forest entomologist Crystal Homicz will talk about bark beetles. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Growing berries on the Central Coast, and in California for that matter, uses a lot of plastic. A lot of it used to be just thrown away, now some of its recycled, but still not a lot and so it just goes into the landfill or worse like having pieces left in the field or ending up in the ocean.
As a person whose charge it is in many ways to look into the future, I've signed on to a large grant from the USDA with several colleagues from Washington state to start to look at alternatives, in particular biodegradables. I've done some work over the years with these within my own program of research, and can assure you there's quite a bit of runway to go before these become mainstream. Nevertheless, it's something that we in the research community should be looking at closer and in a more organized manner.
Since most of the team from the Washington side will be here anyway for the big annual strawberry production meeting the following day (Salinas Sports Complex, Feb 5, be there!), we decided to put on a morning meet up to not only share information, but get input from growers and professionals about where this work can go.
Meeting will be at my office, starts at 8 am and goes until noon. Agenda posted below.
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It's almost become part of the season to post pictures of the many ways Japanese people use strawberry in food processing. And yes, it's all quite tasty. Believe me.
Two varieties of strawberry chocolate - Meiji will be a big supplier of specialty foods to the 2020 Olympiad in Tokyo.
The top box of candy is "Apollo", I guess because the shape is reminiscent of the Apollo re-entry capsule. Other packaging advertises (not shown) the 50th anniversary of this candy, which would put it at 1969 during the heyday of the US and Soviet space programs.
Strawberry milk candy. "Tsubu-tsubu" means it's pulpy. Not pulpy by my lights, instead it's quite sticky, which in my opinion would make "netcha netcha" the more appropriate term.