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Conference Workshops

Online workshops are ticketed events, for which advanced registration is required by April 9. Workshops are conference events, and as such, participation in them is limited to those registered for the conference. If you signed up for a workshop and if you have not heard from the workshop leader by April 12, we advise you to contact him/her (email listed in info given below) to confirm your attendance and the logistical details. Also, if you had registered for a workshop, but then realize you will not be able to attend, please promptly notifiy the workshop leader so that they know who to expect and can offer your spot to someone else in the event the workshop has filled up and there is a waiting list.

Workshop 1: Spotted Lanternfly in the US

Date and time: TBA

Instructors: Joshua Bruckner, Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator, Massachussets Department of Agriculture

Description: Participants will learn about the invasive Spotted Lanternfly, its lifecycle, the threat it poses to local economies and agriculture, and control methods.

Fee: none

For more information: contact Joshua Bruckner at joshua.bruckner@mass.gov.


Workshop 2: Mount Auburn Cemetery as a Living Urban Laboratory: From Citizen Science to Urban Ecology

Date and time: TBA; 90 minutes duration

Instructors: Paul Kwiatkowski (Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA), Christopher Richardson (Lesley University, Cambridge, MA), Maria Aliberti Lubertazzi (Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI), Susan Rauchwerk (Lesley University, Cambridge, MA), David Morimoto (Lesley University, Cambridge, MA), Nicole Weber (Lesley University, Cambridge, MA), Amy Mertl (Lesley University, Cambridge, MA), Joe Martinez (Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology, Cambridge, MA), Alexis Rizzuto (Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA)

Description: Mount Auburn Cemetery (MAC) in Cambridge, MA, is a large, green space in the heavily urbanized landscape of metropolitan Boston. A variety of ecological research projects at this 71-ha cemetery-park has expanded over the last decade, including an evolving citizen-science data-collection program. We will run a workshop highlighting what is happening at MAC, as a model for interactive urban ecology and conservation with an emphasis on scientific education and citizen science. Citizen scientists including students have been active with researchers at MAC since 2016 to help carry out continuing research on biodiversity in MAC. The naturalist training program provides classroom and field training with additional tutorial walks for support of the research. The key research areas include citizen science and sustainability education, phenology, arthropods, insect pollinators, dragonflies, bats, amphibians, birds, and mammals in general. As part of this workshop, we will highlight the key scientific findings from research being carried out at MAC. We will also explain how students have become a key part of the urban ecology research at MAC. We hope the program at MAC could serve as a model for other urban green spaces trying to initiate citizen science programs, including at non-traditional green spaces such as cemeteries.

Fee: none

For more information: contact Amy Mertl at amertl@lesley.edu.


Workshop 3: Identifying Leafminers: Animal Tracking on a Tiny Scale

Date and time: TBA; 2 hours in duration

Instructors: Charley Eiseman

Description: Leafminers are larvae of moths, flies, beetles, and sawflies that create distinctive patterns by feeding between the epidermal layers of leaves. This workshop will introduce participants to the diversity and classification of leaf mines, some of the major groups of leaf-mining insects, and the use of keys in the Leafminers of North America e-book to identify leafminers to species. Participants who have photographs of mystery leaf mines from anywhere in North America are welcome to submit them to https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/leafminers-of-north-america ahead of the workshop to be included in our discussion.

Fee: none

For more information: contact Charley Eiseman at ceiseman@gmail.com.


Workshop 4: Conserving Rare Eastern Fungi: Why It’s Important to Document What We Don’t Know!

Date and time: TBA; 1.5 hours in duration

Instructors: Rick Van de Poll is the principal of Ecosystem Management Consultants (EMC) of Sandwich, New Hampshire. He has taught Mycology at the undergraduate and graduate level for over 25 years. He has been on the Northeast Mycological Federation (NEMF) Faculty list since 1996 when he co-chaired the joint NAMA-NEMF Foray at Mt. Ascutney entitled “Conserving Mycological Diversity.” He is currently the President of NEMF and the Sandwich Area Mushroom Club.

Description: Rare fungi are rare, aren't they? Or is it that we just don't know when and where to look for them? This workshop on uncommon to hypothetically rare species in eastern North America springboards off of the recent “West Coast Rare 10” fungi project of the Fungal Diversity project - FUNDis.org [https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fundis-rare-10-challenge-west-coast]. It addresses the concept of finding lesser known fungi and the value of doing so, as we prepare to roll out the next Rare 20 Northeast Fungi Project through using iNaturalist. Through the author's examination of field collection records for North America, a select list of 20 rarely encountered fungi will be reviewed and described. Habitats and collecting history will underscore why they important to better understand now as climate change alters the baseline conditions in the Northeast. With an ultimate goal of adding these species to the North American "Red List," and integrating fungi into the accounting of threatened and endangered species on a state and federal level, this workshop invites participants to add mushrooms to their biological diet.

Fee: none

For more information: contact Rick Van de Poll at rickvdp@gmail.com.


Workshop 5: Plants and their Pollinators: A Sketchbook Journey

Date and time: Two Parts: Thursday April 15th 3:30–5:30 pm and Friday April 16th 7:00–9:00 pm

Instructors: Dorie Petrochko, senior instructor and natural science illustrator at the Yale Peabody Museum's Natural Science Illustration Program, and Jim Sirch, the Education Coordinator at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. Doriean is an award-winning wildlife painter who has exhibited and published her work nationally and internationally. Jim was past president and is currently on the board of the Hamden Land Conservation Trust, and as a certified Connecticut Master Gardener, gives talks throughout the state on gardening for pollinators and growing native plants from seed and is dedicated to helping improve backyard biodiversity.

Description: Through a naturalist and an artist, explore the uncommon lifestyles of some common pollinators such as birds, bees, butterflies and moths. We will draw them in a sketchbook journal format representing each species and their interrelationships with plants.Learn how to attract them to your yard or local preserve. No previous drawing experience is necessary.

Fee: none

Maximum number of participants: 15

For more information: contact Dorie Petrochko at doripbird1@gmail.com.


Workshop 6: All-Season Monitoring of Tiny Mammals with Remote Devices

Date and time: Thursday April 15th 7:00–8:30 pm

Instructors: Katrina Gobetz, Department of Biology, James Madison University

Description: Small mammals such as shrews are notoriously hard to study, given their tendency to die inside "live" traps. This is particularly devastating for work with endangered species! This workshop will be a presentation/discussion of the kinds of information you can obtain from small animals with a remote monitoring unit. I will show my progress monitoring tiny shrews this winter with a 3D-printed "shrew studio," and suggest ideas for other applications for this style of remote monitoring. Anyone with a research, naturalist, or "hobby" interest in small animals is welcome!

Fee: none

For more information: contact Katrina Gobetz at gobetzke@jmu.edu.



Additional 2021 NENHC workshops will be listed here as they are confirmed.



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