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August 2020

A3: The Invasive Plant Issue and Invasive Plant Identification

August 5 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center, 219 Littleton Road
Westford, Massachusetts 01886
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UMass Extension's 2020 Invasive Plant Management Certification ag.umass.edu/landscape/upcoming-events Location: Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center, Westford MA This 4-day program helps participants meet the unique challenges of managing invasive plants. A certificate in INVASIVE PLANT MANAGEMENT may be obtained by attending all four sessions (details below) and obtaining a passing grade on each. To earn the certificate, sessions A1 - A3 can be taken in any order, but must be taken prior to Session B: Developing an Invasive Plant Management Program. Attendees are encouraged to take…

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Webinar: Extinction of Deer Ticks in North America

August 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online webinar United States

Dr. Stephen Rich, Professor of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts and Director the Laboratory of Medical Zoology will discuss a recent publication in Nature (June 2020) from the Laboratory of Medical Zoology that provides insight to the evolutionary and ecological origin of the primary Lyme disease vectors in North America. Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7268068031726182913 There will be no pesticide contact hours or association credits for these free webinars. To watch recordings of any of the previous webinars, go to the archived list at http://ag.umass.edu/landscape/education-events/webinars  

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B: Developing an Invasive Plant Management Program

August 19 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center, 219 Littleton Road
Westford, Massachusetts 01886
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UMass Extension's 2020 Invasive Plant Management Certification ag.umass.edu/landscape/upcoming-events Location: Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center, Westford MA This 4-day program helps participants meet the unique challenges of managing invasive plants. A certificate in INVASIVE PLANT MANAGEMENT may be obtained by attending all four sessions (details below) and obtaining a passing grade on each. To earn the certificate, sessions A1 - A3 can be taken in any order, but must be taken prior to Session B: Developing an Invasive Plant Management Program. Attendees are encouraged to take…

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September 2020

Webinar: Biology of Ticks and Other Tick-Borne Disease

September 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online webinar United States

Speaker: Daniel Sonenshine, Professor Emeritus, Old Dominion University; Laboratory of Malaria and Vector Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIH) Dr. Rich will host Dr. Daniel Sonenshine, preeminent tick biologist who quite literally wrote the book on ticks (Biology of Ticks in two volumes, co-authored with Dr. R. Michael Roe).  Dr. Sonenshine’s research interest in ticks precedes the discovery of Lyme disease in North America and he is thus uniquely qualified to provide a historical context for this public…

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Western Mass. Tree Wardens Fall Meeting

September 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Bluebonnet Diner, 324 King St. (Route 5)
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Save the date for this popular buffet dinner meeting - more information to come.

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October 2020

Webinar: Tick-borne Disease Surveillance in the US

October 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online webinar United States

Speaker: Dr. Ben Beard, Deputy Director, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. Rich welcomes Dr. Ben Beard to the TickTalk webinar.  Dr. Beard will present the latest CDC findings on the burdens of tick-borne disease and public health trends. Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7480889502398662145 There will be no pesticide contact hours or association credits for these free webinars. To watch recordings of any of the previous webinars, go to the archived list at http://ag.umass.edu/landscape/education-events/webinars

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Green School 2020

October 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Doubletree Hotel Milford, 11 Beaver St.
Milford, MA 01757 United States
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The course will begin on October 26 and continue through December 10, 2020. UMass Extension’s Green School is a comprehensive, multi-session course for horticultural professionals who wish to gain an understanding of economically feasible and environmentally responsible plant and land care practices and the relation of those practices to the protection of the environment. Click here for complete description and registration information.  Please see note below regarding registration. This course is designed for practitioners such as landscapers, lawn care specialists,…

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November 2020

TickTalk Webinar: Babesiosis

November 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online webinar United States

Speaker: Dr. Sam R. Telford III, Professor, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University Dr. Telford III joins Dr. Rich on the TickTalk webinar to discuss the second most commonly reported tick-borne disease in North America (after Lyme disease).  Babesiosis is a malaria-like illness transmitted by the same ticks as Lyme.  Dr. Telford is recognized as a global authority on this disease. Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3144222128403757825 There will be no pesticide contact hours or association credits for these free webinars. To…

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January 2021

Annual Conference 2021

January 12, 2021 - January 13, 2021
Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center, 366 Main Street
Sturbridge, MA 01566 United States
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