Calling all Ontario Citizen Scientists

Join our summer 2019 Citizen Science program!

Help us monitor for box tree moth, an invasive species recently detected in Toronto and not known to occur anywhere else in North America.

Express your interest to by April 20, 2019 and be ready to join us at the launch event taking place at James Gardens, Etobicoke on May 9th, 2019.

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Population Dynamics of Forest Insects and Integrated Management of Forest Defoliators Workshop

Abstract submission deadline for this workshop in Quebec City (8 to 11 July) is now extended to 1 April, 2019.

General Topic:

  • Population dynamics of forest insects
  • Integrated management of forest defoliating insects

Session topics will include Ecology and dynamics of forest insects, Climate change impacts, Interactions between disturbance agents, Invasive species, Integrated management strategies and Forest health.   If you are interested in participating, please download the Abstract Submission Form at: Early-bird registration is until 15 April

We look forward to seeing you in Quebec City.

Jean-Noel Candau, Deepa Pureswaran, Andrea Battisti and Manuela Branco, Working group co-ordinators

Eagle Hill Institute’s seminars on Entomology in 2019

Eagle Hill is on the coast of eastern Maine between Acadia National Park and Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge.

Jun 9 – 15 … Chironomids: Classification, Morphology, Identification, and Lifecycles … Armin Namayandeh
Jun 23 – 29 … Insect and Spider Biology “Through the Lens” … Kefyn Catley
Jul 14 – 20 … Trichoptera of the Northeast … John Morse and Paul Frandsen
Jul 21 – 27 … Dragonflies and Damselflies: Field Techniques, Identification, and Natural History … Michael Blust
Jul 28 – Aug 3 … Leaf and Stem Mining Insects … Charley Eiseman
Aug 4 – 10 … Microlepidoptera: Collection, Preparation, Dissection, Identification, and Natural History … Jason Dombroskie and Kyhl Austin
Aug 11 – 17 … EPT Taxa: Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Trichoptera … Optional SFS EPT certification exam … Steven Burian

Individual seminar flyers are available here:

General information and a complete calendar

The Entomological Society of Canada Scholarship Fund

In 1974, the ESC established the Entomological Society of Canada Scholarship Fund as a registered charity. The initial objective was to raise sufficient capital to provide investment income sufficient for an annual post graduate scholarship of $2000 to $3000. By 1985, the fund (now called “The Annual Scholarship Fund”) provided sufficient investment income to cover the cost of two postgraduate scholarships, each of $2000, values that have not changed since. From 1990 onwards, research travel grants and postgraduate scholarships, normally totalling $8000 annually, have been paid from the Annual Scholarship Fund.

Since 1991, five additional award funds have been established (Kevan, Borden, Biological Survey, Dosdall and Danks Scholarship Funds). These all are financially healthy with the scholarships being entirely covered by investment income. So healthy are the Kevan, Biological Survey and Danks funds, that there have been recent increases in the value of scholarships awarded from them. Sadly, investment income from the Annual Scholarship Fund is not sufficient to cover the cost of postgraduate and research travel scholarships withdrawn from it, and the deficit is covered by donation and silent auction income that is therefore not available to increase capital. Consequently, it has not been possible for the values of scholarships from this, the ESC’s original scholarship fund, to keep pace with inflation. The only remedy is a major increase in donations directed to the Annual Scholarship Fund. Donations to all ESC Scholarship Funds are welcome but the Annual Scholarship Fund is in greatest need.

To read more about the ESC Scholarship funds, see pp. 199–200 of the December 2018 ESC Bulletin, downloadable from To donate to any of the Scholarship Funds, go to . Those who now have automatically-renewing membership should note that, unlike former times, options for donations do not pop-up during membership renewal. In-kind donations in the form of capital property can be accepted, as can bequests. All donations are tax-deductible.

Call for nominations: Societal Director (Second Vice-President), Director at Large

The Society will hold an online ballot to select candidates for a Societal Director and Director at Large. The selected candidates will then be presented as a slate for formal election by members at the Annual Meeting in Fredericton in August. Nominations for these positions must be signed by three active members of the Society and be received by the Secretary of the Entomological Society of Canada, Neil Holliday, by 28 February 2019 (see inside back cover for contact details).


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