2015 AKES Newsletter posted

The March 2015 Newsletter of the Alaska Entomological Society is now available at the URI below.

http://www.akentsoc.org/doc/AKES_newsletter_2015_I.pdf

Cover of AKES Newsletter 2015, issue IIn this issue:

  • First record of a cluster fly (Calliphoridae: Pollenia) in Alaska
  • What is a specimen? What should we count and report when managing an entomology collection?
  • Moths land on Murkowski’s desk—Senate Resolution 70
  • Two new Lepidoptera host plant relationships
  • The DNA barcoding UAMU Project: Testing the insect identification power of DNA barcoding technology
  • Review of the eighth annual meeting

Forest Health Conditions in Alaska- 2014

The annual forest health conditions report provided by Forest Service R10, Alaska Region is available online (see link to pdf below). The conditions report contains, but is not limited to, information pertaining to forest insects in the state.

The primary goal of this report is to summarize monitoring data collected annually by our Forest Health Protection team. The report helps to fulfill a congressional mandate (The Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978, as amended) that requires survey, monitoring, and annual reporting of the health of the forests. This report also provides information used in the annual Forest Insect and Disease Conditions in the United States report.”

 

Forest Health Conditions in Alaska-2014

Forest Health Conditions in Alaska-2014

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3830191.pdf

Refuge Notebook: Futuristic method to identify insects becomes reality

I was asked to write this article for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s weekly column in the Peninsula Clarion.

Peninsula Clarion version (HTML):

http://peninsulaclarion.com/outdoors/2015-01-29/refuge-notebook-futuristic-method-to-identify-insects-becomes-reality

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge version (pdf):

http://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Region_7/NWRS/Zone_2/Kenai/Sections/What_We_Do/In_The_Community/Refuge_Notebooks/2015_Articles/Refuge_Notebook_v17_n5.pdf

2015 annual meeting details

The eighth annual meeting of the Alaska Entomological Society will take place in Fairbanks on January 23-24, 2015. The meeting on Saturday will be at the Alaska Department of Natural Resources large conference room, 3700 Airport Way, Fairbanks (DNR Building; Actually on Sportsman’s Way across from Fred Meyer West gas station).

Details for the evening social on the 23rd will be announced soon.