Thornton Burgess Nature Program- Insects’ Winter Preparations led by Hannah Nadel
We will gather at Talbot’s Point and familiarize ourselves with a few examples of wintering stages and signs of insects, present and gone. We will then walk slowly through mixed woodland to find insects and their galleries, galls, and pupal chambers in living and dead plants, leaf litter, soil, and other feeding and hiding places. Our focus this time will be on the terrestrial environment. We will meet at the parking area for Talbot’s Point at the end of Talbot’s Point Road. Hand lenses or binoculars (to view “backwards”) are encouraged for exploring this miniature world.
Hannah Nadel is one of several research entomologists working on prevention, detection, and control of invasive insects at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Otis Laboratory on Joint Base Cape Cod. Among her current projects is determining which exotic wood-boring forest pests are being transported into the U.S. in wood used to manufacture pallets and crates. She has led several nature trips and walks in the U.S. and Canada, focusing on insects, mushrooms, birds, and the ecology of southern Florida. She has yet to meet an insect she doesn’t like.