Davidson College Entomology Professor Chris Paradise and his students, the Davidson Lands Conservancy, and the Town of Davidson are collaborating on a project to assess the populations of cankerworms and the effectiveness of tree-banding in Davidson.
Davidson College students working with Professor Paradise developed a survey for residents of Davidson to self-report cankerworm infestations, damage, and control efforts to better understand the spatial distribution of cankerworm infestations.
Two of our town’s core values relate to this initiative: “Our citizens must live in a healthy environment, so town government will protect watersheds, trees, air quality, and other elements of the town’s ecology,” and “As home to Davidson College, the town will engage the College’s faculty, staff and students in constructive communication and collaboration.”
“We are able to tap into the expertise and research of Davidson Professor Paradise and his students, to ensure we are doing the right thing ecologically for the beautiful trees in town by recommending whether or not citizens band them,” said Public Works and Projects Manager Doug Wright.
Anyone who lives in Davidson, regardless of whether they banded trees or not, may participate in the research by completing this survey at: http://sites.davidson.edu/cankerworms/home
If you have questions or comments about the research or survey, please contact Chris Paradise at email@example.com.