2019 Winter meeting notes

2019 Winter meeting notes

 

  1. This Organization is looking for a Secretary.
  2. This year NEES is planning to have one trip and one fall meeting in 2019.
  3. Membership dues will be free for 2019.
  4. A call went out for speakers for the fall meeting.
  5. Sam Jaffe’s caterpillar lab has a position open for a manager of educational programs; The lab is working on a variety of different projects in a new location in Marlborough NH.
  6. Mark Mello announced that a Concord (Massachusetts) BioBlitz is happening on the fourth of July 2019.
  7. Claire O’Neill offered an inspiring presentation about her organization Earthwise Aware, whose mission is “Empowering individuals and organizations to make earthwise choices in their Nature & Wildlife endeavors.” She emphasized the need for science and conservation organizations to reach teenagers and others (not just children and interested adults).
  8. Marie Studer of Encyclopedia of Life spoke about the City Nature Challenge and the need for qualified naturalists to help identify the observations gathered. There was a vigorous discussion about using the iNaturalist app and how to obtain the best images of animals for identification.
  9. Jef Taylor of Zoo New England announced that Franklin Park Zoo will be hosting an exhibit of giant animatronic arthropods for the summer, and is actively looking for entomologist/educators to coordinate with the zoo’s Education department on programming. There is also the possibility that the zoo could host a summer meeting of NEES.
  10. Dave Small of the Athol Bird and Nature Club is hosting his annual Moth Ball event the night of June 22. The club will also be hosting a dragonfly event in early June.
  11. Charley Eisemann spoke about his work on leaf miners, being released serially as pdfs. He anticipates to complete in June, to coincide with a seminar he is running at Eagle Hill Institute.
  12. David Gregg of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey announced the 20th annual RI Bioblitz will occur 5/31/19-6/1/19, some overnight camping spots are available.
  13. After the break it was announced that Jef Taylor had volunteered to join the NEES Board as Secretary.
  14. Featured Speaker Lisa Tewksbury of the University of Rhode Island’s Biological Control Lab spoke about efforts to provide a biological control agent for the invasive Lily Leaf Beetle. Many parasitoid wasp candidates were evaluated and tested, to see how effective they were against the target insect, and to see if they might affect related non-target insects. Releases began in 1996 in Boston and have continued in Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut and Canada.
  15. NEES president Teá Kesting-Handly walked us through her massive project to create a comprehensive website about Sphinx moths found in the United States: sphingidae.us  The site include photos and descriptions of all the Sphingid moths in the US, as well as indices of their host plants, and parasitoids and predators. 

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