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Help Detect Invasive HWA on Hemlocks & Spotted Lanternfly w/Smartphone App

Event Type: Computer Classes
Date: 5/23/2019
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Description:
 HWA (hemlock wooly adelgid) is a tiny insect pest that has been killing hemlocks (no relation to the poisonous plant) and is moving up the Eastern seaboard of the United States. The New York Natural Heritage Program (nynhp.org) is leading an effort by volunteer citizen scientists to identify infected hemlock trees as early as possible.

Another invasive species, the Spotted Lanternfly, may also be looked for by participants.

Come get trained in detecting both HWA and the Spotted Lanternfly, and in using the iMapInvasives app to record your observations in a central database. Presenter Meg Wilkinson, Invasive Species Database Program Coordinator, at NY Natural Heritage Program, leads the presentation.

A short walking adventure near the library will follow, weather permitting, for those who wish to get some "in the field" experience. Bring a bag lunch to enjoy as well.

Requirements: Bring a smart phone (iPhone or Android) or a GPS-enabled iOS or Android tablet, plus your iMapInvasives login username and password (required to use the app; please sign up ahead of time at ). Be able to access Apple's App Store or Google Play. Also bring your own lunch.

This class assists you in downloading and setting up the iMapInvasives app on your device. Additional topics covered: How to identify hemlocks and HWA. Additional hands-on tasks: Creating a test observation ("Fake Species"), uploading your test observation to the iMapInvasives data base, and editing the observation in the data base. Additional training in identifying hemlock trees and HWA and the Spotted Lanternfly is provided.

As this is an intermediate-level class, students are expected to be able to work with apps on their cell phone and to use a web browser to log in to a web site, enter search terms, and log out. Please note: it is possible older devices may not be able utilize this app. Some assistance is provided if necessary.

Location: Computer Lab
Other Information:
 This is an intermediate level class. An intermediate level learner is someone who has good mouse and keyboard skills and who can open and close applications, but needs further instruction with applications such as email, word processing, or other office software. Intermediate courses prepare you for advanced level courses offered by the library.
Both phone and online registration are ongoing until the session fills. Call 518-584-7860 ext. 257 to register by phone, or visit www.sspl.org and click EVENTS CALENDAR to register online.
Phone Registration Instructions:
Call instructor, Kathy Handy, at 518-584-7860 ext. 257 anytime and leave a message with your name, phone number, email address if you wish, and specific class requests.
If you leave your email address, you will receive a system-generated email confirmation. You may have to verify your email address by responding to a first-time email from the system to give us permission to send future emails. Please check your spam folder in case our system email lands there due to filters in your email service.
For phone-only registrations, please expect a return phone call within a week to confirm registration.
Online Registration Instructions:
Visit www.sspl.org and click EVENTS CALENDAR anytime, then locate the computer class of choice (in orange), select it, scroll to the bottom of the screen, and complete the online form for that class.

Phone and online registration are ongoing until classes fill.
Anyone age 16 or older may register regardless of residency. No proof of residency required. For a small printing fee, optional handouts are available to accompany each class.
Students with disabilities are welcome to enroll and are asked to bring a volunteer assistant. Otherwise, please contact Kathy Handy ahead of time and if a volunteer is available, the library will match you with one. Ask Kathy Handy for details.
Contact:
Kathy Handy
Contact Number: 584-7860 ext. 257
Presenter: Meg Wilkinson and Kathy Handy
Status: Openings
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  • Attendee MUST Give 24 HOUR Cancellation Notice to Allow Others on the Waiting List to Attend.

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