Registration is now open for the 2018 Master Volunteer Entomology Specialist class. This year the class will be held in College Station, TX at the Rollins Urban and Structural Entomology Facility on the Texas A&M University campus.
This year’s host is Dr. Robert Puckett, urban entomology specialist at Texas A&M University. This year’s program is a very packed three full days of training, from 1:00 pm Monday September 10, to noon on Thursday, September 13. Cost for the program is only $200 and will include some meals, snacks, and entomology supplies (Bugkit) for collecting and observing insects.
Transportation. We rely on participants to provide their own transportation for travel to local insect collecting and possible field trip sites. Participant should be prepared for outdoor activity and dressed appropriately. We recommend long pants and shoes with socks, long sleeved shirt, sunscreen, insect repellent, flashlights or headlamp, and any other personal items you require.
Auditing the Class. Any volunteer who has previously completed the MVES training and would like to audit an individual class day this year, will be charged a $20 fee per day which only applies to T and Wednesday classes ($40 for two days) to cover costs of meals, snacks and drinks (no collecting supplies). Please pre-register for the number of days that you plan to attend. Only 5 auditing slots each day are available.
Monday, Sep. 10
Welcom and introductions – icebreakers
Insect Orders and microscopy
Tuesday, Sep. 11
Urban Entomology and Rollins Facility Tour
What’s in your bugkit?
Bee Lab visit/honey tasting
Solitary bees and pollinator conservation
Beneficial insects and biological control
Dinner at Lab/Travel to Lick Creek Park
Nighttime collecting @ Lick Creek
Wednesday, Sep. 12
Collecting and Practice Photos at Horticultural Gardens
Landscape and Ornamental Insect Pests
Using Dichotomous Keys
Insect Specimen Preparation
Visit to A&M Entomology Collections
Thursday, Sep. 13
Ento Projects & Getting your Ento Specialist Pin