Consulting Arborist Kyle McLoughlin, from Davey Resource Group in Ontario, has researched lethal pests for years. He has presented his findings on invasive and endangered species conservation at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario.
“I love ecology,” McLoughlin explains. “The research is so fascinating and keeps coming up at work. It’s great to have a career that relates to my passion.”
McLoughlin was invited to lecture at the Royal Botanical Gardens through his connections in the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to the study, appreciation and conservation of wild plants and animals. He frequently leads interpretive hikes and has presented previous lectures through the organization.
THE LETHAL PEST LIST: McLoughlin’s lectures cover the following invasive species and more, as well as their impacts on the environment.
In the future, McLoughlin plans to contact other divisions of the Naturalists’ Club, perhaps Toronto, to present his research and raise awareness about the hidden costs of invasive species, including the impacts on municipal forestry budgets, asset management, taxes and the economy.
McLoughlin and 50 other Davey employees continued their education to learn more about infectious diseases and other tree-related topics at the Davey Institute of Tree Sciences (DITS) training course, which concluded last month. This four-week training program challenged participants with rigorous course and field work that covered several topics, from climbing techniques to insect pests and diseases.
Read more about the 2015 DITS experience on the Davey blog post, “Reflections on Davey’s Historic Tree Care Training Program.”
If you see signs of invasive infestations in your own plants and shrubs, contact your local Davey professionally trained arborist for a free consultation.