DURHAM — Join the University of New Hampshire Extension on Sat., September 18, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for an educational workshop focused on techniques for finding, collecting, and identifying insects on your property.

USFS Entomologist Marc DiGirolomo will demonstrate several collection techniques as we explore a variety of habitat types and discuss the insects that make their home at Little River Park in Lee. Pinned insect specimens will also be on display showcasing some of New Hampshire’s diverse insect populations. The workshop will involve an easy walk through the trails and habitats of Little River Park.

Marc is an entomologist with the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Health Protection group in Durham, serving all of New England and New York. Marc specializes in the detection, monitoring, and identification of forest insect pests, with an emphasis on woodboring and bark beetles.

This walk is being held as part of the 2021 NH BioBlitz, an effort to get community members out exploring species on town-owned lands all over New Hampshire during the month of September. Attendees are invited to participate in the BioBlitz effort by submitting their insect species observations to iNaturalist. To learn more about the NH BioBlitz, visit NH BioBlitz.

This event is free, but space is limited due to current UNH COVID-related policies. Registration is required. To sign up, go to www.extension.unh.edu/event/2021/09/insect-id-walk-little-river-park.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions: Group size is limited and the entire program will be held outdoors. Participants will be required to complete a simple online health screening before leaving home. Additional information will be sent upon registration.

What to bring: Sturdy footwear, comfortable clothing, water, and snacks. A hand lens is recommended but is not required. Please dress appropriately as we will be outdoors and walking on and off-trail in open fields and woods. Insect repellent/sunscreen are recommended.

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