Tuesday, December 13, 2011

2011: The Year in Review

2011 has been another great IPM year for us here in Nebraska! Some highlights include:

  1. Four coalition meetings. These included attendance at the Nebraska Urban Pest Management Conference in February; our first half-day educational meeting, which offered presentations about pests, pesticides and health, IPM in Schools, and a visit from Spots the bed bug sniffing dog; and UNL Extension wildlife expert Stephen Vantassel's talk on bats.

  2. Completion of our IPM in Schools demonstration visits at OPS and LPS.

  3. IPM visits to 5 child care centers. For some of these, we provided general IPM information, while others requested help for specific problems, such as bats and cockroaches.

  4. Two IPM In-services for child care staff and directors.

  5. Two visits to 4 Nebraska tribal schools to provide IPM information and assessments.

  6. IPM survey distribution to coalition members, school administration, and child care centers asking about how our IPm program has affected their knowledge and use of IPM. I will report about the results of these surveys in 2012.

  7. Filming and production of the "How to Conduct IPM in Schools" video, which explores the process of an IPM demonstration.

  8. IPM Youth Programs at the Natural Resource District Nature Nights.

Thanks to everyone who was involved in these projects!

It's also been a year and a half since I started this blog. It's been a great way to document and share what's new in IPM, both in our state and through our work with colleagues around the country. I look forward to reporting on many new activities in 2012! Happy Holidays!