Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Community Science Challenge

10:30 AM–11:15 AM | Online | Public

Join a collaborative effort between students, scientists, and community members across the region to monitor and protect hemlock forests.

Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Community Science Challenge

Where is hemlock woolly adelgid now, and where might it spread next? Is climate change affecting how hemlock woolly adelgid spreads?

Participate in the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Community Science Challenge this fall and join students, community members, and professional scientists across the region working to understand the impacts of climate change on the spread of an invasive forest pest.

We’ll kick off the challenge with a virtual session with Project Hemlock Woolly Adelgid lead scientist and Maine State Horticulturist, Gary Fish, who will share project background information about why we care about hemlock forests, threats to these ecosystems, and what we hope to learn together. Then, students and community members from across Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts will head out into the forest in their local community to identify hemlock trees, monitor for hemlock woolly adelgid, and contribute to the project database. We will come back together for a virtual meeting in which students can share findings, questions, and ideas for next steps with each other and the project leaders. Students that are not able to join the live session may contribute comments or video clips ahead of time to be shared with the community.

Launch meeting: Wednesday, October 5th, 10:30-11:15am

Wrap up meeting: Thursday, November 17th, 10:30 - 11:15am

Register to join the live Zoom sessions, watch the recordings, and/or receive project updates.

Email Meggie at [email protected] with questions or to learn more about community science in classrooms.