Citizen Scientists wanted!

Sandra Repp sjr37 at cornell.edu
Tue Aug 17 09:13:20 EDT 2010


Citizen Scientists Wanted

The Soil Insect Ecology lab at NYSAES is looking for volunteers to 
assist in a project monitoring the expansion of invasive crane flies 
in NYS. The goal is to utilize a network of "citizen scientists" to 
help survey, detect and monitor the expansion of these insects in the 
state. Of particular interest are the following counties: Chautauqua, 
Niagara, Erie, Monroe, Ontario, Tompkins, Tioga, Cortland, Jefferson, 
Oswego, Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Saratoga, Warren, Fulton, 
Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam, and Nassau.

Participants would be asked to go out to areas of turf grass, such as 
home lawns, city parks, or sports fields, and, if present, collect a 
few specimens to be sent in for identification. No prior knowledge of 
these insects is required, and we will provide more detailed 
instructions to participants at a later date. This 'scouting' 
activity would occur at the most two or three times a week over a two 
week period in September.

For more information contact Dr. Matthew Petersen mjp266 at cornell.edu 
or Debra Marvin dem35 at cornell.edu.
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