If you are interested in our research but do not have the time to commit to a full-time schedule this summer, we will also be offering regular volunteer opportunities on special days throughout the summer. No experience necessary, just interest and willingness to learn! Please check out the following volunteer opportunities and let us know if you are interested, by filling out the form on the right side of this page. We will contact you with further information on how to get involved!
Night-time ladybird beetle sampling
Come out and join us on one of our weekly ladybird beetle sampling nights! We use a black light insect trap at each of our project grow sites to census the number of beneficial predators we have in our gardens. We are hoping to observe the distribution of beetle predators and their aphid prey throughout Ann Arbor, and how this changes throughout the season. This volunteer opportunity will start at sunset, and typically last a few hours into the evening. We will set up the black lights, sample, and identify insect samples. Here are some friends we might encounter:
Harmonia axyridis - The Invasive Asian Ladybird Beetle
Hippomadia convergens- The Native Convergent Ladybird Beetle
Proplyea quatuordecimpunctata- The Invasive 14 Spotted Ladybird Beetle
Weekend crop diversity sampling
Join us on a spare weekend helping us to sample crop diversity at each of the project grow sites. We plan on visiting each of the sites through the course of the season to get a count of the type of crops planted at each location.We will also measure the size of the plots and distance to the nearest road and forest. This will help researchers quantify
how biodiversity and landscape level factors affect the migration of pests and their natural enemies throughout the region. If you are a gardener with crop identifying expertise, you are encouraged to attend and help us train others! However, no experience is necessary and all are encouraged to join!
Volunteer a small space to host 5 potted pea plants in your Project Grow garden space or
Pea plant hosting at PG garden site or urban home/apartment in Ann Arbor
your urban home. We will place five 9-in diameter pots on a 4'' X 1.5'' yellow sheet anywhere in your garden or urban space. Students will come by to remove any aphids found on these plants M-F from 9a-12p in order to collect information on their distribution in the greater Ann Arbor region. Please consider volunteering your space, at the end of the season when the experiment is done, you can keep the pea crop! Here are pictures of the set up: