Talk at Audubon will focus on the Emerald Ash Borer

weston-emerald-ash-borer-bugThe Naugatuck Valley Audubon and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) will host a presentation, The Emerald Ash Borer, on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Kellogg Environmental Center, 500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby.

Dr. Claire Rutledge of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) will give a program focusing on the history and biology of the beetle, the threat it poses to forests and landscapes, how DEEP tracks its spread, and what can be done to help minimize its impact on Connecticut’s ash trees.

Dr. Rutledge joined The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station as a scientist in 2004. Her major focus is wood-boring beetles that attack living trees.

The Emerald Ash Borer is an exotic wood-boring beetle that kills ash trees. This beetle was first detected in Detroit, Mich., in 2002 and has since spread to 16 states.

Emerald Ash Borer was detected in Connecticut on July 16, 2012. Loss of Connecticut’s ash trees would have a significant effect on Connecticut’s forests.

The suggested donation is $4 for adults and $2 for students. For further information, directions or to register, contact the Kellogg Environmental Center at 203-734-2513 or contact Dennis Kocyla at 203-734-9325 or [email protected]

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