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In partnership with the Barnegat Bay Partnership and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County, the Ocean County Soil Conservation District will host a webinar collection – “What’s Bugging Your Jersey-Friendly Property?” – in 2021. The six-component series, with classes scheduled for the second Tuesday of every single thirty day period from January by way of June, will “focus on the worth of bugs as a vital part of the yard ecosystem,” OCSCD states.
“Presenters will share understanding about the relationships between native vegetation and insects, how to detect useful insects (and) control pests and techniques to generate ecologically seem backyard habitat that supports bugs and the wildlife that depends on them.”
The webinars, which commence at 7 p.m., are totally free, but registration is necessary.
On Jan. 12, Sabrina Tirpak, principal laboratory technician for the Rutgers University Plant Diagnostic Laboratory, will existing “Getting to Know the Fantastic Men: Helpful Insects in the Landscape.” As Tirpak points out, “Not all bugs are bad, so let us meet up with the valuable insects in your backyard. Predators, parasites and pollinators – learn how to understand these very good guys, and their biology, and how to continue to keep them content in your lawn.”
More periods include: “Myth Busters: The Fact About What’s Bugging You,” with Kelly Gill, senior pollinator conservation specialist, The Xerces Culture for Invertebrate Conservation, and husband or wife biologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture Purely natural Assets Conservation Services, on Feb. 9 “Cultivating Regard for Insects: An Overview of the Ecosystem Services That Insects Give,” introduced by Dan Duran, assistant professor, Rowan College Department of Environmental Science, on March 9 “What Lurks Previously mentioned and Underneath: Spotted Lanternfly and Outrageous Worms,” with Paul Kurtz, entomologist, N.J. Division of Agriculture, on April 13 “Attracting Bees and Beneficial Bugs with Native Vegetation,” with Heather Holms, author of the guides Native Vegetation for Pollinators and Bees: An Identification and Indigenous Plant Forage Information, on May possibly 11 and “Ferocious Dragons and Dainty Damsels,” presented by educator, naturalist and creator Pat Sutton on June 8.
For more information and to register, take a look at jerseyyards.org/workshops-functions/2021-webinars. —J.K.H.