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Native ash trees are under assault from diseases and insect pests. This presentation covers all the potential threats to the species. Fungal and bacterial diseases will be covered as well as several insect pests. Plant Health Management strategies will be discussed with a strong emphasis on the primary threat, the Emerald Ash Borer.
Richard Buckley is the Director of Rutgers Plant Diagnostic Laboratory. He received his BS in Entomology and Plant Pathology from the University of Delaware and an MS in Turfgrass Pathology from Rutgers University. He is also an instructor in the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School and in the Rutgers Department of Pathology and Plant Science. He teaches courses in diseases and insect pests of turfgrass and ornamental plants.
What, exactly, is a mushroom? What are the relationships between mushrooms (fungi) and the forest ecosystem? How does one go about identifying the multitude of mushrooms we see nearly every day? How can I tell if a mushroom is harmful or beneficial? What are some of the things that I need to know if I want to collect wild mushrooms for my dinner table?
Some of the answers to these questions will be presented by Jim Barg, who is a past President of the New Jersey Mycological Association and currently works as a professional edible mushroom forager. Jim has been enthusiastically involved in mushroom collecting, identification. and photography for nearly 20 years.
When, in the mid 1990s, technological advances permitted us to build radio transmitters capable of sending signals to satellites orbiting the earth and small enough to place on an Osprey, windows into their lives away from the nest were thrown wide open. When they migrate, do they follow the same path each year? Do they winter in the same locations? Where in the migratory cycle does most mortality occur? Are there bottlenecks where conservation intervention might help the species? How do young birds find their way to South America? Is the timing and relative importance of different sources of mortality the same for adults as it is for juveniles on their first migration south?
Rob Bierregaard has been tracking Ospreys in the eastern U.S. since 2000. He has deployed satellite transmitters on 57 juvenile and 47 adult Ospreys. His studies—the first to collect a significant body of data on juvenile migration—have led to surprising discoveries about the dispersal and migration of naïve Ospreys as they leave their natal territories and explore the world around them. His experiences inspired him to write a children’s book, Belle’s Journey, illustrated by Kate Garchinsky, scheduled for release in 2018 (Charlesbridge Publishing).
Rob’s passion in the natural world has always been birds of prey. His Ph.D. research addressed the importance of competition in the ecological structure of raptor communities. From 1995 to 2011, Rob taught Ornithology and Ecology in the Biology Department of UNC-Charlotte. Previously (1978-1988), Rob was the original field director of the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments Project in Manaus, Brazil. Rob and his graduate students carried out a 10-year study of the flourishing Barred Owl populations around Charlotte, NC. He now focuses his research on the ecology and migration of Ospreys in eastern North America. He has deployed satellite or cell-tower transmitters on 57 juvenile and 47 adult Ospreys and spends most of his time analyzing the data from his “flock” of Ospreys as they move back and forth between North and South America. He is now a research associate of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.