Continued for 2006
Continuing the survey originally started in 2001, Whatcom County
and associated volunteers, are beginning the survey again this spring
for 2006. In previous years, crane fly populations were not high
enough to require pest controls, thereby preventing extraneous applications
of pesticides to our local environment, and specifically including
the Lake Whatcom watershed area. Since 2001, over 100 lawns have
been surveyed and still no crane fly problems.
The survey for this year focuses on the crane fly, and incorporates
monitoring for a second potential pest in the Pacific Northwest,
called the European Chafer beetle. For more information about this
important pest, please click here.
The first training session for this year's survey occured on March
17th, and there will be another training session later in the week
of March 20th to 25th. If you are interested in attending, please
contact Kristine Schlamp via email
or phone at (360) 778-5800.
The Survey begins...
The first excursion for this survey takes place on Saturday, March
25th and everyone is invited to attend. Please meet at 12:45 at
the WSU Extension Office. No training is required, you can learn
onsite and come out and join us if you would like to be part of
this important community venture.
To learn more about how the survey is conducted, click here.