Hunters and Birders – Forum About Invasive Insects

Allegheny National Forest Visitors BureauBRADFORD, PA – August 18, 2017 – Are you an avid birder? How about a dedicated wanderer of the grouse woods? Do you know how two invasive insects are affecting our birds? Here is your chance to learn more about a fruit fly and a mosquito-carried virus impacting birds in northcentral Pennsylvania.

The Roach-Bauer Forestry Forum will host two speakers on Thursday, October 5, at the Kane Country Club to present the latest information on an invasive fruit fly that is disrupting berry production in our northern forests, and the effects of West Nile Virus on grouse populations and other birds.

Lisa Williams is the Ruffed Grouse and Webless Migratory Game Bird Biologist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission and has been assessing the effects of West Nile Virus on grouse and other birds. West Nile Virus was initially confirmed in Pennsylvania in the early 2000s.

Dr. Scott Stoleson is a Research Wildlife Biologist at the Forestry Sciences Lab, Northern Research Station, in Irvine, PA. He and his cohorts first recognized the impacts of the spotted wing drosophila fruit fly on forest wild berry production last year (although it was a known problem in fruit orchards), and have since confirmed some new information about the fruit fly (from southeast Asia), called Drosophila suzukii. The spotted wing drosophila affects soft fruit from shrubs and tree fruit crops.

Together, their presentations will touch upon the latest research in West Nile Virus in Pennsylvania and New York and the effects on forest birds, and the latest information on the fruit fly and its expected potential impact on berry production that our forest wildlife depend upon for a fall food source. Bears, birds, foxes and coyotes, deer, rabbits, mice, chipmunks, etc. all depend upon berries for part of their food source in the late summer and fall.

This panel discussion will be of interest to forest managers, landowners, berry-pickers, hunters, and recreationists enjoying the northern forests.

The Kane Country Club is located on U.S. Route 6 about three miles east of Kane, Pa. Preceding the talk will be a no-host social hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The program will start immediately after dinner. Reservations are required! Early reservations received on or before Thursday, September 22, will be $25.00. Reservations received after September 22 will be $30.00. No reservations will be accepted after September 30. The cost for full-time students pursuing a natural resource degree is $10.00.

For reservations, contact the Allegheny Hardwood Utilization Group, PO Box 133, Kane, Pa., 16735, at 814-837-8550 or FAX 814-837-4950, or e-mail hardwood@penn.com.