Thursday, January 6, 2022

Virtual hike challenge helps look out for invasive insect

Hemlock with HWA egg masses_Connecticut Agricultural Experiment StationCalling all hikers, xc skiiers, and snowshoers in the Saint Lawrence/Eastern Lake Ontario (SLELO) Region! Our friends at SLELO PRISM invite you to take a hike to protect the region’s hemlocks (and win cool prizes) this winter through their Virtual Hike Challenge. The challenge is running now through March 1st, and you can participate any time you get outside. All you need to do is take a hike, check a hemlock for signs of invasive hemlock woolly adelgid, and take a photo. Share a photo of your experience on Facebook with the hashtag #VirtualHikeChallenge for a chance to win prizes!

You can find more information about the challenge, including featured trails, on the SLELO PRISM website. Brush up on hemlock ID, and take a quiz to test your knowledge on the New York State Hemlock Initiative website. Happy trails!

Photo: White woolly egg masses of invasive HWA on a hemlock branch

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2 Responses

  1. Richard Monroe Richard Monroe says:

    I just passed my quiz! I may take my camera and head out for a hike.

  2. Vanessa Banti Vanessa B says:

    The cold weather next week will help get these nasty bugs! Needs to be -4 to -5 consistently to kill them, apparently. Almost all of the hemlocks in my area of Mass are dead due to them :(:(. Called a park arborist at our local park and they’re replanting white pines, have basically given up. Thank you everyone for efforts to help here!

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