The VMCA is holding a 2 day FREE adult mosquito ID course on May 8th and 9th. It will be conducted by the combined efforts of local mosquito control biologists. This is not taxonomy or a refresher course but a more practical training geared toward seasonal interns, summer part-time biology positions or mosquito biologists new to the area. Class size is limited to 25 so please make every effort to send eligible participants. Sign-up is on a first come first serve basis. New participants have preference over returning individuals; if space is available then others will be accepted. Please sign up early.
Supplies and microscopes are limited but we will have a few extras on hand. If possible, please bring the following items: microscope with lamp, power strip, extension cord, forceps, petri dishes, wipes, alcohol, notebook, and refillable coffee mug (optional). The course will be held at Suffolk Mosquito Control Training Room, 800 Carolina Rd., Suffolk, Virginia 23434. Supplies can be dropped off on Friday, May 5th and will be securely locked for the weekend.
A tentative schedule is attached and subject to change but starting times will remain the same.
Lunch is on your own but there are plenty of places to eat within a short drive. An on-site refrigerator and microwave is available. We will provide coffee, donuts, fruit, sodas, and water for both days.
Please e-mail Lisa Wagenbrenner (firstname.lastname@example.org) with participants name and city or county and what supplies you lack from the provided list.