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4-H Bug Club to begin in January

by Tonja Dressler

The Douglas County 4-H organization introduces Helen Jacob, the leader of the new 4-H Entomology (Bug) Club.

Jacob obtained her doctor’s degree in biology at Utah State University. She recently relocated to Carson Valley and said she wanted to get involved with the youth and families in the community.

There are many careers available in the agriculture field, and she would like to teach Douglas County youth how the 4-H Entomology Club fits into the field.

Some of the activities she has planned for the club include teaching members to construct their own collecting sweep net, kill jar, aspirator and insect collection. Members will gain experience in correctly preserving, identifying and labeling insect specimens. They will also have the opportunity to participate in insect collecting field trips to different ecological areas, such as alpine, sagebrush and aquatic environments.

Members will have the opportunity to develop an individual project or conduct an experiment using insects, which could be used as a science fair project. Members will learn about insect damage on various plants and recognize the insects involved. They will have the opportunity to learn about pest insects and ways to control them. Also, members may want to participate in behavioral studies of insects such as ant foraging behavior.

The first meeting of this new club will be on Jan. 12, 2000, at 5 p.m. at the Nevada Cooperative Extension office.

If you are interested in joining 4-H, call Nevada Cooperative Extension at 782-9960 or stop by the office at 1329 Waterloo Lane, Gardnerville.

n Tonja Dressler is the interim youth coordinator at the Douglas County Extension office, 782-9960.