Hi there Aransas County!
We are ONE week away for the Sesquicentennial County Fair! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enter the fun! Entry forms are attached.
For more information and other activities please visit www.aransascounty150.org.
And in case you missed the 2021 TMG Conference – here’s a few documents they shared from two of the breakout sessions:
The first document contains links for research- based gardening information online. This was presented by Skip Richter. It includes great links to online databases such as Ask an Etymologist and Help Identify My Plant.
This next document contains links to things like mobile phone moisture meters, weed removers, plant and insect identification apps, such as Picture This, Plant Snap and Flower Checker. Please keep in mind that the links listed in the document will lead to third-party vendors for purchase or download.
This was a great conference with many informative speakers and tons of information all designed to help us become better gardeners and to learn to use technology to assist us in this.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” is a quote often attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. It describes how when we first struggle with a problem it can seem full of complexity but the deeper it is understood, the simpler the solution can be.
It’s true of research like the Big Bug Hunt as well. We’ve been tracking tens of thousands of bug reports every year since 2015 and then carrying out complex analysis using powerful software we have developed for the project. Every bug report has to be checked against weather records at that location for many months previously and compared with the location of other similar reports. It’s enough to make the mind boggle!
At an individual bug level things are pretty complex too. There are thousands of research papers about insect emergence, each concentrating on a specific species in a specific set of locations. The various processes and interactions in the life cycle of insects are amazingly complex for such tiny creatures, and can be further altered by the phenology of the plants that they depend on for food and habitat.
Yet, with your help, we’re piecing together the bigger picture. By analyzing the bug reports you send we’re able to see patterns and make sense of otherwise bewildering amounts of data.
For gardeners, what’s needed is simple actionable advice. That’s why we’ve developed our traffic-light system for pest alerts:
2021 marks the second year of us beta-testing these predictions in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland, and we hope more countries can be added soon.
If you’d like more information on what insects might be in your area, go to TheBigBugHunt’s website and sign up for notifications.
You can also find The Big Bug Hunt on Facebook.
Nueces Master Gardener Internship classes begin with virtual orientation on Monday, 26, 2021 at 6:30pm.
This orientation will be conducted via Zoom. If you’d like to sign up and join us for the great program, we suggest that you go here to read all about it and then go here to read up on requirements, the pricing, grab your application and submit payment.
We look forward to seeing you!