2019 FREE Field Trainings and Beetle Blitzes

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 4:00pm

You are invited to attend a FREE biosurveillance field training in July.  These 1.5 hour long field trainings will provide an opportunity to learn about the EAB biosurveillance process with hands-on opportunities to try it yourself.  Equipment will be provided and participants will learn to identify the Cerceris wasp and nests and learn how to use an aerial insect net to capture the wasp and collect its beetle prey.  See the below information for the dates, times, and locations:

Beetle Blitz (same dates/locations as trainings): For those of you who have attended a training already, please come on out and help us catch as many beetles as we can at these events.  The wasps are only active for a short time (mostly during the month of July) and we’d like to capture up to 50 beetles at each site so we need your help!  And beetle collecting is so much fun to do as a group! :)

Registration:

These trainings are FREE, but pre-registration is necessary.  Click here to REGISTER online or call 612-301-8310 to register by phone. Maps and parking instructions will be provided with registration confirmation by e-mail.

Location chart:  All of the trainings will take place on ballfields where the beetle bandit wasp has nests in the compacted sandy soil.  The sites of these trainings will all be on the ballfields at each park/school.

Day/Date

Time

Site Name

Site Location

Monday, June 24

4:00-4:45pm

Laporte Public School

Laporte (Bemidji/Walker area)

Saturday, July 6

1:00-2:30pm

Forest Heights Park

North Mankato

Sunday, July 7

11:00am-12:30pm

Pine Island 5-12 School

CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLMENT

Pine Island

CANCELLED

Sunday, July 7

1:00-2:30pm

Herb Vik Athletic Field

CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT

Mazeppa

CANCELLED

Monday, July 8

11:00am-12:30pm

Wakondiota Park

Frontenac

Monday, July 8

1:00-2:30pm

Twin Bluff Middle School

Red Wing

Tuesday, July 9

1:00-2:30pm

Monroe Elementary School

North Mankato

Wednesday, July 10

1:00-2:30pm

Tolzmann Park (274th & Finland)

Wyoming

Thursday, July 11

1:00-2:30pm

Rice Lake Elementary

Lino Lakes

Friday, July 12

11:00am-12:15pm

Upsala City Park

Upsala

Friday, July 12

12:30pm-1:45pm

Swanville Elementary

Swanville

Friday, July 12

2:15-3:30pm

Cushing Community Park

Cushing

Saturday, July 13

1:00-2:30pm

Marine Elementary (Elm & 5th St.)

Marine on St. Croix

Sunday, July 14

1:00-2:30pm

MN State Academy for the Deaf

Faribault

Monday, July 15

1:00-2:30pm

Taylors Falls Elementary School

Taylors Falls

Tuesday, July 16

1:00-2:30pm

Willow River Commercial Club

Willow River

Friday, July 19

1:00-2:30pm

John Clark Elementary

Rockville

Sunday, July 21

1:00-2:30pm

Nisswa Elementary School

Nisswa

Monday, July 22

1:00-2:30pm

St. Mathias ballfields

St. Mathias

Wednesday, Aug. 7

1:00-2:30pm

St. John's Prep School ballfield Collegeville

Details:

Click Here to Register

Dress for the weather as the workshops are held entirely outside.

The wasps are not active in the rain, so the training will be cancelled if it is raining. 

Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR)

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