Webinar: UMass Extension’s Invasive Insect Webinar Series - Earthworms & MA Update (Free)

10:00 12:10 pm

This is an online event

10:00 - 11:00 AM: Invasive Earthworms in Massachusetts - Biology, Impacts, and Research Updates
Dr. Olga Kostromytska, Extension Assistant Professor and Turf Entomologist, UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Technically, earthworms are not insects. However, these organisms have garnered a lot of interest from the public in recent years. Dr. Kostromytska will discuss the identification and biology of invasive earthworms of interest in Massachusetts. This will include information about "crazy/jumping worm" species (Amynthas spp.) that have many homeowners in MA and New England concerned. She will also share updates about current research in her lab.

11:10 AM – 12:10 PM: 2021 Forest Health Updates for Massachusetts
Nicole Keleher, Forest Health Program Director, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation

Nicole Keleher, DCR Forest Health Director, will discuss what impact to expect from our forest pests and diseases in 2021. She will talk about our common insects, new invaders to be on the lookout for, and the impact the drought will have on our trees.

Preregistration is required to access this webinar. Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2530816694099674895.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Join UMass Extension’s Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Program and UMass Extension’s Fruit Program for an exciting FREE series of webinars focusing on the impact, monitoring, and management of invasive insects in Massachusetts and the nation! Topics to include invasive forest pests in MA, spotted lanternfly, the biological control of winter moth, Asian longhorned beetle updates, planned detection surveys in Massachusetts and New England, integrated pest management of spotted-wing drosophila and brown marmorated stink bug and more! There will also be an update about non-native earthworms, close relatives of the insects, which have attracted a lot of attention in recent years. Please note: while participants from anywhere are invited to attend, much of the material presented will be specific to Massachusetts and New England.


Pesticide contact hours

For each day, 2 pesticide contact hours have been requested for categories 25, 27, 29, 35, 36, 48 and Applicators (core) license. 
Additionally, 1 pesticide contact hour for category 37 has been requested for Jan 19.
Pesticide contact hours are available only for the live webinars, not for the recordings. 

Licensed applicators may ONLY receive credit if the following criteria are met:

  • Each pesticide license holder must attend the webinar live and login using their own device. 
  • Pesticide license holders provide their name, mailing address, and company name at the time of registration using a unique e-mail address specific to the person registering.  
  • Each pesticide license holder participates in the webinar and answers poll questions to be administered by UMass Extension throughout each presentation. Questions will be multiple choice or true/false format and based on content discussed in the webinar.
  • Following the webinars, UMass Extension will issue a certificate of attendance confirming the number of pesticide contact hours which will be made out to the name and pesticide license number of the individual who registered for the webinar and participated in the poll questions. Please allow several business days for processing of the certificates.
  • With permission from the speaker, webinars will be recorded and archived. Recorded/archived webinars will not be available for pesticide credit. Pesticide license holders must attend the live webinar for credit. 

*The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires participants to attend a minimum of 50 minutes of educational time for each (1) contact hour or (1) credit. Questions about this requirement? Visit: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/pesticide-applicator-continuing-education-pace-faq.

Association Credits

MCA/MCLPs earn 1 Education Credit for each day, both the live and recorded versions. Submit your request for CEUs using these links:

ISA credits requested.