Nov 20, 2020 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PST
Learn about several invasive pests threatening Oregon and a few more looming just on the horizon. Understand their introductions into Oregon, why they are a threat, how to identify them and look-alikes, what can be done to help stop their spread, and how to prevent other pests from entering. Pests to be covered: Japanese Beetle, Gypsy Moth, Asian Giant Hornet, Southern Pink Moth, Spotted Lanternfly, Houdini Fly, Jumping Worms, and several more!
My name is Jessica Rendon and I work for the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Insect Pest Prevention and Management Program. At the Oregon Department of Agriculture I work alongside my fellow entomologists and colleagues to monitor, identify, and eradicate invasive insect species from Oregon. I have also had the pleasure of working on the Oregon Bee Project, a cooperative effort between the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon State University Extension Service, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and a diverse set of stakeholders who are actively engaged in caring for our native and managed bee species. I received a BS degree in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University in 2008, and a PhD in Entomology from the University of Idaho in 2019. The Pacific Northwest holds a special place in my heart.