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Events &News &Skills Workshops dgregg on 14 May 2008 04:15 pm

Skills Workshops begin with Hymenoptera Workshop

RINHS Announces a New Series of Natural History Skills Workshops

The Skills Workshops, to be held every month or so, will be chances for small groups of beginner and intermediate naturalists to work together with more advanced naturalists to develop their skills with particular groups of organisms. Workshops will focus on species identification, field survey tricks and techniques, the relevant literature, and other tools used to identify and curate specimens. The workshops are hands-on and will use collections, equipment, and reference literature.

The first workshop will be Introduction to the Hymenoptera (the Ants, Bees, and Wasps), with Howard Ginsberg, Research Ecologist with the USGS Pawtuxent Research Station. It will be from 7 P.M. to 9 P.M., on Monday, May 19, at URI’s Kingston campus, Woodward Hall, Room 9. For more info on Ginsberg, see his profile on the USGS web site.

With the help of museum specimens, Dr. Ginsberg will point out the diagnostic features used to distinguish among the Suborders and Superfamilies within the Order Hymenoptera. The Hymenoptera include many species of great economic value and conservation interest including the honey bee and other pollinators, wasps that damage timber and that control crop pests, and ants that clean the ground, plant seeds, and cycle nutrients and soil. Despite their importance, people know less about Hymenoptera than about other more aesthetically spectacular orders such as Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) or Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths). This workshop will help people interested in learning more about the Hymenoptera get their bearings in the taxonomy, techniques, and literature.

Future workshops being planned include subjects such as moths, grasses, and worms. Tune in regularly to www.rinhs.org to hear about the workshops as they’re announced. Or better yet, join RINHS and get word directly over the Survey listserv as a benefit of membership.

The workshop is free for members of RINHS and $5 for non-members (membership starts at just $15 and you may join when you sign up for the workshop). Space is limited and reservations are required by Monday, May 19 at Noon. Call 401-874-5800 or email info@rinhs.org to reserve a spot.

Directions: Woodward Hall is at the end of East Alumni Avenue, off of Upper College Road. Upper College Road runs north from the traffic light on Rt. 138 in Kingston.


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