We are very excited about our upcoming meeting on Saturday March 13th!
Our keynote speaker will be Lauren Esposito, Schlinger Curator of Arachnology at the California Academy of Sciences. She will be speaking about “Identity as a Pathway: Scorpion Evolution and Queer Advocacy.”
We will also host a panel discussion, “Encouraging Diversity in the Field of Entomology: A Panel Discussion with BIPOC Entomologists.”
The panel will feature:
- Dr. Dominic Evangelista, Adelphi University, co-founder of EntoPOC (Moderator)
- Dr. Sebastian Echeverri, American Arachnological Society
- Megan Wilson, PhD candidate, American Museum of Natural History & Rutgers University-Newark, co-founder of EntoPOC
- Sallqa-Tuwa Mafla BondocGawa, American Museum of Natural History & Rutgers University-Newark, co-founder of EntoPOC
- Teá Kesting-Handly, PhD Student, University of Massachusetts Boston
The meeting will be held from 12:30pm to 4pm Eastern Time. There will be a business meeting preceding the panel discussion and keynote presentation; a full agenda will be sent prior to the meeting.
Advanced registration is required. Use this link to Register now!
NEES Fall Meeting Checklist!
1. Starts 9:AM at UMass Boston in the Wheatley Hall Conference Room
2.If you are coming by public transit, be aware of weekend buses replacing red line service; Once at the JFK/UMass station, take the free #1 shuttle to the campus center
3. If you are coming by car, park in the West Garage, KEEP YOUR TICKET, and we will reimburse the cost of parking
4. We have 2 speakers lined up, Avalon Owens on the effect of light pollution on insects and Linnea Meier on the chemical ecology of the spotted lanternfly
5. Bring your own lunch, and enjoy the snacks that the executive board is providing!
6. Stay after lunch for a tour of the UMass Boston Entomology Lab
7. You are invited to bring specimens for identification!
We have confirmed a second speaker for our Fall Meeting! NEES is happy to welcome Linnea Meier, an Insect Chemical Ecologist and Postdoctoral Researcher for USDA-APHIS-PPQ, working out of the Otis Lab.
Her talk will be “Chemical Ecology of the Invasive Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula),” a very interesting topic, considering the concern this interest is stirring among the general public, as well as those of us who like all things insect.
And remember that our other speaker will be Avalon Owens, on the subject of the impact of artificial light at night on insect declines and on insectivore predation.
The Fall Meeting is Saturday, November 16th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Umass Boston.
We are excited to announce that we have booked a great speaker for our fall meeting! Avalon is also the current President of the Cambridge Entomological Club, so we are lucky to have “stolen” her for the afternoon!
Light pollution as a driver of insect declines
Is light pollution an important—but overlooked—bringer of the insect apocalypse? Join us for a presentation by Avalon Owens, Ph.D. candidate and a Switzer Environmental Fellow at Tufts University, about the impact of artificial light at night (ALAN) on insect declines through its interference with the development, movement, foraging, and reproductive success of diverse insect taxa, as well as its positive effect on insectivore predation. ALAN is unique among anthropogenic habitat disturbances in that it is fairly easy to ameliorate, and leaves behind no residual effects. Greater recognition of the ways in which ALAN affects insects can help conservationists reduce or eliminate one of the major drivers of insect declines. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of how artificial lights can be tuned to reduce their impact on vulnerable populations.
Hello everyone! The fall 2019 meeting of the Society will take place at UMass Boston on Saturday November 16th, from approximately 9 am to 3 pm. Please fill out the following survey, whether you plan to go to the fall meeting or not (or if you are on the fence). It will help us immeasurably as we plan the meeting. Thank you!
Fall Meeting Survey
NEES in coordination with the Zoo New England Conservation department will be hosting a moth night inside the Franklin Park Zoo! The event will take place Saturday July 27th, beginning around 9 pm. Some of us will be arriving a little earlier to set up the lights and sheets, of course. The event is part of the Franklin Park Biodiversity Project, an effort to identify and to some extent quantify the living things within Boston’s largest city park. This is a free event, but it does require registration. Just head over to this link and sign up.
Saturday, June 22, 9 p.m. – late night
Annual Moth Ball
Join Athol Bird and Nature Club president Dave Small and naturalist Lula Field at Dave and Shelley’s house, 1542 Pleasant St., Athol, Massachusetts to search for Lunas, underwings, silk moths and other night flying insects. Participants are invited to bring their tents, snacks to share and favorite moth baits. (Don’t know what those are? You’ll find out!)
For more information email email@example.com.
Here is a current list of events that NEES is either hosting or has members attending this spring and summer:
- April 27-30: Boston, MA and Bangor and Portland, ME City Nature Challenge 2018
- May 19: Carver, MA Myles Standish State Forest (Postponed due to weather, contact Teá Kesting-Handly for details)
- June 16: Middlebury, VT Otter Creek Audubon Society Moth Night Presentation by NEES members Joanne Russo and Jennifer Murdoch, at the Ilsley Public Library, followed by blacklighting.
- June (16-17): Marlborough, NH Visit NEES member Sam Jaffe at the day/night open house at The Caterpillar Lab
- June 23: Athol, MA Dave Small’s Moth Ball (Mothing from 8pm til the sun comes up!)
- July 7: Andover, MA Moth Night featuring a presentation by NEES Treasurer Deb Lievens (Contact Deb for details)
- National Moth Week events!
- Thornton, NH (Contact Deb Lievens for details)
- July 21st and 28th: Block Island, RI. Email blockislander1(at)gmail.(dot)com for details.
- July 29th: Springfield, VT, Hoyt’s Landing (public boat access). Registration required. THere is no charge to attend, but donations to the Black River Action Team to offset permit costs would be appreciated. Email blackrivercleanup(at)gmail(dot)com for details.
- August 2-5: Ludlow, MA Dragonfly Society of the Americas Northeast Chapter Meeting
- September (exact date and location TBD): Sunset Orthopteran Listening Tour
If you are looking for more information on any of these events, or have your own to add, email us or stop by our Facebook page.