The man known as the ‘bug counter’ is stepping down.
In an email he wrote to the Alberta Insect Pest Monitoring network newsletter, Scott Meers said that it has been an honour to work in this role, but it is time to move on. He also stated that he has made the decision independent of cutbacks and government layoffs.
“My time in this role has been immensely satisfying and I feel the program has greatly benefited the agriculture industry,” he wrote.
The longtime insect management specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry resigned from his position at the end of January and will officially be finished his position at the end of May. However, he plans to do some crop scouting and consulting on “a limited number of acres.” His Twitter account — @ABbugcounter — will continue as a private account but no longer be associated with the government.