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Virginia Mosquito Control Association is holding its annual Adult Mosquito Identification Course on Monday, May 7th, 2018. This is the first year we are attempting a one-day class, as opposed to two. It will be conducted by the combined efforts of local mosquito control biologists (new faces teaching this year!). This will not be strict taxonomy, but more of a practical training geared toward seasonal interns, summer part-time biology positions, or mosquito biologists new to the area. Class size is limited to 30; attendees should have mosquito surveillance and/or identification in their job description and duties. New participants will take precedence over returning individuals; if space is available then others will be accepted. Sign-up is on a first-come basis so please sign up early!

The course will be held at Suffolk Mosquito Control, 800 Carolina Road, Suffolk, Virginia 23434 in the administration building training room 128. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided by VMCA. If you have dietary restrictions and would like to bring your own food, a refrigerator/freezer and microwave are available.

You will need to bring the following items:

-microscope with light source

-Harrison et al. 2016 Mid-Atlantic Region ID Guide

-power strip

-extension cord

-forceps

-petri dishes

-notebook/pens/pencils

-refillable coffee mug/tumbler (if you’re one of those tree-hugger types)

Supplies (including microscopes) are limited but we will have a few extras on hand.

To sign up: please e-mail Education Committee co-chair, Karen Akaratovic (kakaratovic@suffolkva.us) with participant name, associated city/county/employer, as well as any supplies you lack from the provided list.

This information will also be posted on the VMCA Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/mosquitova/) and in the spring issue of The Skeeter.