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May talk: "Eyes in the Field" by Sharon Collman

THURSDAY, May 12, 2022

Meeting at the Bellevue Botanical Garden

Our May chapter meeting is coming up this Thursday, May 12, at the BBG! This month's talk will feature long-time chapter member and bug-and-blight guru extraordinaire, Sharon Collman. Sharon's talk will be titled "Eyes in the Field." Here is some info about Sharon and her talk:

"“Eyes in the Field”. I couldn’t have put it better - oh, I just did. NARGS members are in their gardens, out in the field, on mountain tops, in forests and their own relative postage stamp of a garden. Who better to spot the unusual intruder into our PNW. The human invaders were bad enough but now insects, diseases, plants and animals are competing with us for our plants and environments. By viewing pictures of potentially invasive species a residual image embeds itself in your brain so that if you see it gain, when you are out and about, you are more likely to stop and say “Wait! Something’s not right here.” There are enough invading creatures to easily fill the evening with a few giggles tossed in. So join me on a photographic journey of threats and curiosities and learn how to report the and photograph them and send notes to those who have the responsibility of keeping our shores, forests, deserts and gardens safe from invasive species. Global trade has brought us new curiosities, dangers, and, yes, pests.

Sharon Collman is Emeritus Professor, WSU Extension and affiliated with the WSU Entomology Department. She describes herself as a naturalist with a focus (okay, obsession) with insects and plant problem diagnosis. (I’m not a taxonomic entomologist; there are others who enjoy counting tarsi and wing veins). She was a founding member of the pilot WSU Master Gardener Program, writes, photographs and procrastinates. She has written a Bugs and Blights column ( for the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association since 1979. She has earned a fair number of distinctions and awards, including a chapter award, but since retiring, she mostly likes teaching and pottering about her garden in search of interesting creatures. For example, she dug more than 100 root weevil larvae out of a 12” x 12” planter this weekend then put them in a bigger pot and gave them roots to eat. Life is never dull." This month's meeting will also feature the election for chapter board members. Please see this month's newsletter for more information and for the slate of candidates. As always, social time starts at 6.30 pm, meeting and program at 7.00 pm.

Hope to see you there!


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