Get ready to grab a net, study native wasps and hunt for non-native emerald ash borers. The emerald ash borer is an invasive insect that has infiltrated and destroyed millions of ash trees in more than 20 states. Join the St. Croix River Association and Friends of Scandia Parks & Trails for a free lesson in finding and identifying native wasps. Learn to determine whether the wasps are consuming and feeding emerald ash borers to their larvae. Through this educational event you will become an important part in overcoming this critical environmental issue in our area.
Jennifer Schultz, Wasp Watchers program coordinator at the University of Minnesota Extension, will teach participants about emerald ash borers and citizen scientists’ role in helping stop their spread.
“As we mark the 50th anniversary of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, we want to make sure we are doing what we can to preserve the beautiful river and the trees which surround it,” said Deb Ryun, executive director of the St. Croix River Association. “Tracking emerald ash borer is an important step in stopping the further infestation of this harmful non-native species.”
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. From this Act, the St. Croix and the Namekagon rivers became the country’s first wild and scenic river national park—the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The St. Croix River Association (SCRA) is the official partner for the Riverway.
Wasp Watcher event details
Join a citizen science effort to find out whether native wasps are consuming and feeding emerald ash borers to their larvae.
WHEN: Thursday, May 17, 6 to 8 p.m.
WHERE: Scandia Community Center (14727 209th St. N., Scandia)