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Subject: Integrated Pest Management Working Group

Integrated Pest Management Working Group

From: Rachael Arenstein <rachaelarenstein>
Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Places are currently available at the 3rd meeting of the IPM Working
Group to be held February 27-28, 2007 at the American Museum of
Natural History in New York City.  The IPM Working Group is a group
of museum professionals dedicated to the development of pest
management resources for the general museum community. All museums
are concerned about insect pests and many use IPM as a method for
addressing these concerns.

Our goal is not to teach IPM, but rather to focus on deliverables to
make IPM easier for museum staff. We recognize that every museum has
similar challenges with regards to pest management. We hope that the
working group can help solve problems while alleviating the need for
every museum to come up with their own solutions.

Practical deliverables from the previous two meetings include the
museumpests.net website; the museum pest mailing list; an on-line
questionnaire about pest management practice and needs in museums;
and the inclusion of IPM Special Interest Groups at the 2003, 2004,
and 2005 SPNHC meetings.

This year's meeting will include a discussion of the results of the
on-line questionnaire a review of progress with the website. We will
consider how the results of the questionnaire can be used to
fine-tune the goals set by the Group at the 2005 meeting under the
following thematic areas:

    Pest Imaging/Identification Aids
    Software for Mapping and Monitoring
    Standards/Best Practices for IPM

In reviewing the website, we will be discussing how to develop the
site to best deliver these goals.

As with the previous meetings, we want to stress that this is not a
review of IPM and the purpose of the group is not to teach IPM, but
to develop resources for the museum community. You should expect to
take an active role in discussing and setting goals, and to leave
with an assignment.

If you would like to attend the meeting, please contact Rachael
Perkins Arenstein (rachaelarenstein [at] hotmail__com--please put "IPM
Working Group RSVP" in the subject line of the email). In addition,
we have space during the session breaks for a small number of short
presentations on pest management issues; if you are interested in
giving a presentation, let us know when you respond to the
invitation.


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