Backyard Orchard News
It's a thought-provoking podcast that you won't want to miss. Shouldn't we be paying more...
This is a female Cryptocteniza kawtak, discovered by UC Davis professor Jason Bond at Moss Landing State Park, Monterey County. He has described more than 100 new taxa--families, genera, species of spiders and millipedes. (Photo by Jason Bond)
Screen shot of the New Species podcast hosted by L. Brian Patrick. The podcast on "Taxonomic Impediment," featuring UC Davis professor Jason Bond, is Episode 21.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this image of a jumping-for-joy entomology graduate...
This image of UC Davis entomology graduate RJ Millena shows her jumping for joy while wielding an insect net. (Photo by Kaylee Fagan)
This insect-themed graduation cap is in the running for UC Davis prizes. RJ Millena's first project involved the California pipevine swallowtail (Battus philenor). See caterpillar.(Photo by Kaylee Fagan)
We're pleased to announce that a new online course on managing ground squirrels and pocket gophers has been added to UC IPM's growing library of online training courses. This course consists of eight video segments recorded by Dr. Roger Baldwin, a University of California Cooperative Extension Specialist in Human-Wildlife Conflict Resolution. Originally presented in June of 2020 as part of the UC Ag Experts Talk webinar series, the course covers pest identification, types of damage they cause, and the importance of their biology and ecology.
If you are a pest management professional or grower interested in vertebrate pest management, then check out this course! You'll learn about current control strategies such as habitat modification, baiting options, fumigation, and trapping. The course content is free to anyone who wishes to view it. For those requiring a certificate of completion and continuing education units (CEUs), the regular cost is $20, but we are offering a reduced price of $10 through October 31, 2021. To receive the discount, enter the code SquirrelGopher50 in the voucher box when making the payment.Managing Ground Squirrels and Pocket Gophers has been approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) for 1 CEU in the Other category and also by Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) for 0.5 unit of IPM credit.
If you are a DPR license or certificate holder with a last name beginning with letters M through Z, then this will be your year to renew. Now is a good time to check out the other UC IPM online training courses offered. All are 50% off the regular price through October 31st. DPR will be sending out renewal packets in August and strongly suggests returning them by October so that your license or certificate can be renewed before it expires.
UC IPM not only offers courses accredited by DPR, but many courses are also approved by the California Structural Pest Control Board (SPCB), Certified Crop Advisor (CCA), the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (WCISA), and the Arizona Department of Agriculture.
-Cheryl Reynolds, UC Statewide IPM Program
Earlier this week the National Weather Service warned us about an excessive heat spell--"dangerous...
Honey bees at a water fountain at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
If you vacation at Bodega Bay--sometimes called "Blow-dega" due to whipping winds--you've...
Close-up of a digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, on a sand cliff at Bodega Head, Sonoma County. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A digger bee nectaring on a wild radish at Bodega Head. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The female digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, makes these turrets on the sand cliffs at Bodega Head. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A digger bee, Anthophora bomboides stanfordiana, nectaring on a wild radish. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)