There are two topics in this webinar from our 2021 Invasive Insect Webinar Series.
Invasive Earthworms in Massachusetts - Biology, Impacts, and Research Updates
Speaker: Dr. Olga Kostromytska, Extension Assistant Professor and Turf Entomologist, UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture
Technically, earthworms are not insects. However, these organisms have garnered a lot of interest from the public in recent years. Dr. Kostromytska discusses the identification and biology of invasive earthworms of interest in Massachusetts. This includes information about "crazy/jumping worm" species (Amynthas spp.) that have many homeowners in MA and New England concerned. She also shares updates about current research in her lab.
Forest Health Updates for Massachusetts
Speaker: Nicole Keleher, Forest Health Program Director, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation
Nicole Keleher, DCR Forest Health Director, discusses what impact to expect from our forest pests and diseases in 2021, as well as our common insects, new invaders to be on the lookout for, and the impact drought will have on our trees.