Entomologist Kathy Murray will lead a presentation on the principles of integrated pest management at Merryspring Nature Center Tuesday, July 9 at noon.

Integrated pest management seeks to understand pests and outsmart them with practical methods that favor keeping nature in balance and creating attractive gardens at the same time. Murray will highlight a variety of IPM methods, including how to keep away pests through plantings and attracting beneficial organisms, all the while ensuring a healthy and diverse garden. After the lecture portion of the presentation, Murray will showcase IPM methods used by Merryspring and field questions from a curious audience.

Murray is an entomologist and integrated pest management specialist with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. She coordinates the Maine School IPM program and provides expertise on IPM methods, training, and support to schools and community groups. Murray earned her doctorate in entomology from the University of Massachusetts and a master's of science degree in entomology from the University of Maine.

Guests for this talk should meet outside at the Hexagon gazebo at noon.

This talk is part of the Spring Talk series at Merryspring, sponsored by the First.

Merryspring is a member-supported, non-profit nature education center and park located at the end of Conway Road just off Route 1 by the Hannaford shopping plaza in Camden. For more information, call Merryspring at 236-2239 or email info@merryspring.org.