|Meadow hawkweed, Hieracium caespitosum Dumort, in June.|
Looking for opportunities to get outdoors and make a difference? The following citizen and community science projects are looking for volunteers to help with invasive species identification and management.
Report garlic mustard aphids. The Midwest Invasive Plant Network is asking citizen scientists to look for garlic mustard aphids, Lipaphis alliariae. These small black insects appear to damage the seed pods and leaves of garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and may be an agent for biological control. Garlic mustard aphids have been confirmed in Minnesota, according to EDDMapS. Further mapping will help determine the extent of their spread and their impact on garlic mustard. To learn more, click or tap on the header link above.