DMGA Meeting - Monday, August 28, 2017
Speaker: Jennifer Leavy
Chemical Control of Mosquitos
For our August 28 meeting, DeKalb Master Gardener Association
is pleased to have a presentation that you won't want to miss. The topic will be
"Balancing risks: How chemical control of mosquitos to prevent
Zika virus will affect bees and other beneficial pollinators." Our speaker
will be Jennifer Leavey of Georgia Tech.
The Zika virus outbreak in Brazil and the associated birth defects
found in some babies born to infected mothers has caused alarm and
concern even in areas where mosquito-contracted cases have not been reported.
Mosquitoes are a nuisance in Georgia in the summer, and many people
choose to spray their yards to control mosquitos and prevent bites.
Unfortunately the agents used in these sprays are also toxic to bees and other pollinators.
Learn about the importance of bees, the threats from mosquitoes and
how to balance the risks to both humans and pollinators.
Jennifer Leavey is the Integrated Science Curriculum Coordinator
for the Georgia Tech College of Sciences and a faculty member
in the School of Biological Sciences.
She is the director of the Georgia Tech Urban Honey Bee Project,
an interdisciplinary educational initiative with the goal of
recruiting and retaining students in STEM careers through the study
of how urban habitats affect honey bee health and how
technology can be used to study bees.
DMGA meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.
at the Northlake / Barbara Loar Branch of the DeKalb County Public Library located at
3772 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084 (inside I-285, corner of Harobi Dr. and LaVista Rd.,
turn at the BB&T Bank). Click here for a
of the library's location.
Plan to join us and bring a friend. There is no charge or pre-registration for
this DMGA educational program.
DMGA Announces Scholarship Recipients for 2016-2017
At the March 2017 monthly meeting, DeKalb Master Gardener Association
awarded a second set of horticulture scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Scholarship checks of $500 were awarded to these two Gwinnett Technical
Ms. Katherine Angell
Ms. Jill Baker
A continuing scholarship, also in the amount of $500, was awarded to:
Mr. Thomas Kmetz
Under a program created in 2006, DMGA awards scholarships each year to
DeKalb County residents attending UGA or Gwinnett Tech. We enjoy the
opportunity to promote and encourage horticulture education in this way.
Our congratulations to these deserving students and our
best wishes for their future successful careers in horticulture.