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When ‘bringing your work home’ means ‘make room in the fridge’

When ‘bringing your work home’ means ‘make room in the fridge’

Did you know that with strict COVID-19 health guidelines in effect in spring 2020, two Natural Resources of Canada employees from the Laurentian Forestry Centre (LFC) needed to host many “guests” in their homes and even let them sleep over? Many
The elm zigzag sawfly, an exotic insect found in Asia and Europe that feeds on elm trees, has never been found in North America… that is until now. On this episode, we talk about how a photo by a nature photographer lead to the discovery of the insect on this side of the pond.
The spruce budworm is an insect that is native to North America, and it’s actually a small caterpillar feeding on the buds of coniferous trees. Learn about the strategies to study and manage the spruce budworm.
Citizen scientist spots a newcomer on Canadian elm trees

Citizen scientist spots a newcomer on Canadian elm trees

Many community science websites invite people to post photos of wildlife sightings. This may seem like a small gesture, but in the summer of 2020, such observations led to the detection — for the first time in North America — of a new exotic insect attacking elm trees: the elm zigzag sawfly.
If you introduce a foreign species to a new environment, even by accident, it can wreak havoc on the ecosystem. On this episode, we talk to a scientist who has been dealing with one of these foreign species, the Asian longhorned beetle. This insect is black and white, about the same length as your thumb, and likes to get around by hitching rides on your car!
Dendrologist Ken Farr takes us through a tour of the Arboretum of the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa to look at trees that you might find useful for planting in the urban forest in and around the place where you live.

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