The Illinois Natural History Survey is on the front line of detecting harmful invasive species of plants, diseases and insects in Illinois. Kelly Estes of the Natural History Survey says there are hundreds of species of insects alone out there causing damage to crops, gardens and forest in Illinois.
To assist the professionals in detecting invasive species, the survey will hold First Detector Workshops at eight locations around Illinois from last January through February. The workshops are open to anyone, especially agronomists, foresters, gardeners, anyone working outdoors or in a field related to insects, plants and disease.
Again, check with your local extension office for more information on the invasive species detector workshops. The cost is 40 dollars, which includes lunch and materials, and continuing education credits are available for a variety of professionals.