Canadian Forest Service Publications
Budworm tracker: a citizen science project. 2015. Johns, R.C.; Pureswaran, D.S.; Owens, E. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service - Atlantic Forestry Centre, Making a Difference 14.
Issued by: Atlantic Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 36771
Language: English / French
Availability: PDF (download)
Plain Language Summary
Budworm Tracker is a citizen science project that is part of a large scientific initiative aimed at better understanding how spruce budworm populations rise as an outbreak begins. Scientists use two main methods to determine budworm numbers: larval surveys and pheromone traps. The larval surveys monitor the number of overwintering spruce budworm larvae, whereas the pheromone traps capture male budworm moths. Both methods give an indication of budworm populations, but the pheromone traps can also indicate potential migratory events that scientists believe play an important role in spruce budworm outbreaks. Citizen scientists throughout eastern Canada are assisting researchers by monitoring traps baited with spruce budworm pheromone during the period that spruce budworm moths are active. This information will give scientists valuable information to better understand how spruce budworm populations rise and spread.
Also available under the title:
Pisteurs de tordeuses : un projet de science citoyenne (English / French)