A very hungry beetle...
Welcome to wild science. A community-focused, data-driven approach to purple loosestrife management. Brought to you by the Wild Rivers Conservancy.
The solution to invasive species control starts in your backyard.
Become a volunteer scientist and raise, rear, and release biocontrol beetles in areas of heavy purple loosestrife populations and be rewarded by helping to restore healthy native habitats. Help create a more vigorous native plant community within the St. Croix River watershed, protecting the natural areas you know and love.
2024 Applications opening Sunday, February 18th 8:00 AM CT
Getting Started As A Beetle Parent
Must live within the Minnesota portion of the St. Croix River watershed. Not a MN resident? Let's connect.
Must have personal outdoor space that can accommodate the rearing cage throughout the beetle-raising process.
Must report volunteer hours served each month.
Must attend a required training to learn about rearing cage setup, data collection protocols, and reporting on May 4th or 11th.
Must be able to follow all directions and standard operating procedures, and perform assigned tasks.
Must be able to submit weekly reports through in-person drop-off or by completing an online form.
2023 Biocontrol Program Successes
BEETLES RAISED & RELEASED
Key 2024 Dates
Purple Loosestrife Rootstock Digging
May 1st, 2nd, or 3rd
Volunteers will help dig and repot purple loosestrife for use in biocontrol project, not required to attend to help raise the beetles
Beetle-Raiser Volunteer Training
Saturday, May 4th and Saturday, May 11th
Required training for volunteers participating in raising beetles, learn about project set-up and weekly duties, volunteers will receive kits
Conservancy Beetle Release Day
2024 Beetle Release Date TBD
Planned mass release day to release beetles raised to purple loosestrife infested areas within the St. Croix River watershed.