Birds and Emerald Ash Borer

Posted on March 14, 2016

by Phil Brown and Rebecca Suomala

Emerald Ash Borer larval galleries (tunnels). Photo by Molly Heuss.

Emerald Ash Borer larval galleries (tunnels). Photo by Molly Heuss.

The invasive insect pest, Emerald Ash Borer, which was initially detected in 2013 in Concord, continues to radiate across southern New Hampshire, decimating ash trees wherever it occurs. Birders and other outdoor enthusiasts are well positioned to help forest ecologists get a handle on the spread of this insect species. Now is the perfect time to detect new infestations in ash trees as woodpeckers feed on the overwintering larvae.

To understand Emerald Ash Borer and its relationship with birds, how to detect it in trees, and find out how YOU can help play a role in its management, see this free article, which appears in the latest issue of New Hampshire Bird Records.

This issue of New Hampshire Bird Records also has articles on New Mega-zoom Cameras, last winter’s Gyrfalcon and Smith’s Longspur, Northern Saw-whet Owls, Winter Birding in Manchester, the Christmas Bird Count, and the usual features – Photo Quiz, Season Summary of bird highlights, Field Trip Report, and Field Notes of fascinating bird observations including a Barred Owl caught by a crow!

Visit NHbirdrecords.org for more information.