Oregon State University Extension Specialist Silvia Rondon, along with other University faculty from Oregon and Washington, conducted three training sessions in 2010, and one in May 2011. They also held an informative workshop at the Hermiston Experiment Station in June 2011.
The 20-hour short course was designed for University Extension field faculty, Extension Master Gardeners, agency professionals, and crop consultants on identification of insects - both beneficial and pesky bugs.
Participants created their own sample collections to use in their follow-up educational projects. These volunteers can identify insects of the Pacific Northwest and can help others do the same.
The training included many hands-on aspects:
Training also included insect management and creation of an educational display.
To purchase collecting supplies, visit BioQuip.
For more information, please contact OSU Extension Service:
Funding for this course was provided in part by WSARE.
For more information on spotted wing drosophila and other insect pests of the region see: