BELFAST — The Belfast Free Library and the Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition will host a virtual presentation with entomologist Tom Schmeelk titled “Brown-tail Moth and What You Need to Know” on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m.

Brown-tail moth is a non-native species that poses human health risks as well as concerns for forest health. This species is currently experiencing a population boom in Maine. This presentation will cover lifecycle, history, current situation and what to look for as well as management and mitigation strategies. Also covered will be emerald ash borer, one of the more recent threats to Maine’s forest.

To register for the Zoom link, go to and follow the link.

TOM SCHMEELK Courtesy of Belfast Free Library

Tom Schmeelk is an entomologist with the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry and the program lead on the brown-tail moth.

This program is cosponsored with the All of Belfast Climate Dialogues project, Belfast Garden Club, Friends of Belfast Parks, and Friends of Sears Island.

For more information, call the library at 338-3884, ext. 10, or visit



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