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Free Invasive Species Videos

Posted: April 27, 2011

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – “BugMobile vs. Invasive Species”, the popular video featuring a talking car taking on pests such as zebra mussels, purple loosestrife and Asian longhorned beetles, is now available for free for a limited time.

Geared toward lower and upper secondary students, the video addresses the several categories of Pennsylvania Academic Standards. The video also offers suggestions for managing invasive species using IPM.

Hosted and narrated by The BugMobile, the famous talking Volkswagen, the video identifies the effects of humans and human events on watersheds, explains species diversity, introduces species that are classified as pests in their new environment, and analyzes the benefits to the environment and society associated with alternative practices used in IPM.

The video can be used independently or coupled with a teacher-ready lesson plan with content objectives, assessment strategies and procedures. The lesson plan also includes pre and post-tests for the students to complete, discussion questions and suggests other related extension activities.

To obtain a free copy of the video and lesson plan, email the PA IPM program at paipm@psu.edu.

For more information on school IPM, see the PA IPM Program's Web site at http://extension.psu.edu/ipm/schools.  The web site includes information on the school IPM effort in Pennsylvania and links to educational material from across the country. You can also download publications such as IPM for Pennsylvania Schools, A How-To Manual.

The Pennsylvania IPM program is a collaboration between the Pennsylvania State University and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture aimed at promoting integrated pest management in both agricultural and urban settings. For more information, see our web site at http://www.paipm.org.