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Insect Ecologist

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  • Invertebrate Ecologist
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  • Invertebrate Ecologist
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“Since our program was implemented in ...
www.dupageforest.org, 2 July 2013 [cached]
“Since our program was implemented in 2003 we’ve worked with the Illinois Department of Public Health and the DuPage County Health Department to share data and refine our efforts,†says Tom Velat, the District’s insect ecologist and the program’s coordinator.Â
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“The chemicals that kill the adult mosquitoes also kill all other insects that come in contact with the spray, insects like butterflies, moths and lightning bugs,†says Velat, who adds that sprays are only effective for 48 hours and cost much more than larvicides over the course of a season.
“The Forest Preserve District is steward to more than 25,000 acres of open space, about 12 percent of DuPage County, and its efforts to protect public health are most effective when focused on preventing adults from hatching rather than killing adult mosquitoes and harming other wildlife in the process,†says Velat.
“It is currently impossible to ...
www.dupageforest.org [cached]
“It is currently impossible to eradicate these destructive insects, but the Forest Preserve District continually monitors for their presence so that we can take the best steps to minimize damage to our woodlands,†said Tom Velat, the District’s invertebrate ecologist.
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Tom Velat, Office of Natural Resources, 630-876-5937
According to Tom Velat, the ...
wwww.dupageforest.com, 16 July 2008 [cached]
According to Tom Velat, the District's invertebrate ecologist and lead staff member on Hine's emerald dragonfly research, the project has numerous benefits for the District. "We'll be creating habitat for an endangered species, working with experts every step of the way, and the project will be fully funded," he said.
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Velat noted that the chosen restoration site has many of the species' preferred conditions already in place. Work will focus on removing invasive plants and improving existing groundwater flow. "This is cutting-edge research and restoration, and we'll gain invaluable knowledge of the Hine's emerald dragonfly and its needs," he said.
The university team is already in place and has been working on other research efforts stemming from the I-355 extension. The first phase of the habitat creation will begin this month. Subsequent phases and monitoring will take place over several years. "It is a long-term process," said Velat, "and we'll be helping these rare jewels thrive for generations to come."
Plans Approved for Conservation of Endangered Insect
www.dupageforest.com, 16 July 2008 [cached]
According to Tom Velat, the District's invertebrate ecologist and lead staff member on Hine's emerald dragonfly research, the project has numerous benefits for the District. "We'll be creating habitat for an endangered species, working with experts every step of the way, and the project will be fully funded," he said.
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Velat noted that the chosen restoration site has many of the species' preferred conditions already in place. Work will focus on removing invasive plants and improving existing groundwater flow. "This is cutting-edge research and restoration, and we'll gain invaluable knowledge of the Hine's emerald dragonfly and its needs," he said.
The university team is already in place and has been working on other research efforts stemming from the I-355 extension. The first phase of the habitat creation will begin this month. Subsequent phases and monitoring will take place over several years. "It is a long-term process," said Velat, "and we'll be helping these rare jewels thrive for generations to come."
Daily Herald
www.dailyherald.com [cached]
It can, however, be damaging to certain insect species, said district invertebrate ecologist Tom Velat.
"We want to keep the gypsy moth at bay, but it's bittersweet since BTK has some effects on native moths and butterflies," he said.
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