Aquatic ConservationInvertebrates live in every type of aquatic habitat, from streams and seeps to marshes and lakes. Aquatic invertebrates such as stoneflies, mayflies, mussels, and midges play critical roles in sustaining healthy aquatic ecosystems, and are at the center of the aquatic food web. The winged adult forms of many aquatic insects also provide a huge amount of the food for terrestrial birds, bats, and reptiles. Aquatic invertebrates and the habitats that sustain them are seriously imperiled. In the United States, over half of the wetlands that existed in the 1600s have been lost, and a recent nationwide stream survey found pesticides or their degradates in all the streams sampled. The Aquatic Conservation program works to protect aquatic invertebrates and the ecosystems that sustain them.
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Native Bees of Georgia – Brunswick, GAOctober 13th, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
University of Georgia, Marine Extension
This workshop will be hosted by EcoScapes program manager Keren Giovengo. She will be joined by guest speaker Dr. Nancy Lee Adamson, Pollinator Conservation Specialist of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Dr. Adamson’s presentation, “Common Bees of Georgia,” will provide valuable information about the importance of pollinators, native bee diversity, common bees of Georgia, and planting for pollinators. Following the presentation, participants will tour the EcoScapes native plant demonstration garden where they will identify bees and the native plants that they depend upon. Workshop is free but registration is required. Deadline to register is OCtober 10th.
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US Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Rusty Patched Bumble Bee for Endangered Species Act ProtectionFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Rich Hatfield, Senior Conservation Biologist, Xerces; (503) 468-8405; email@example.com Sarina Jepsen, Director of Endangered Species Program, Xerces; (971) 244-3727; firstname.lastname@example.org Margie Kelly, Communications Manager, Natural Resources Defense Council, 312-651-7935, email@example.com US Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Rusty Patched Bumble Bee for Endangered Species Act Protection PORTLAND, Ore.— Responding to a Read more ...
Farming with Beneficial Insects: Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Olivebridge, NYNovember 9th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
The Ashokan Center
Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Join Kelly Gill, Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist from the Xerces Society, and partners from the Hudson Valley Farm Hub, as they overview conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.
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Pollinator Conservation & Farmscaping – Alma, GAOctober 14th, 2016
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Bacon County Extension Office - Conference Room
Pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and other insects, are essential to our environment. The ecological service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of more than 85 percent of the world's flowering plants and is fundamental to agriculture and natural ecosystems. Other beneficial insects contribute to farm production and natural pest suppression and potentially save $4.5 billion annually in pesticide costs. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that recognizes the integral role of beneficial insects in natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for insecticides. You will leave with the tools necessary to assess, create, protect, and manage habitat.
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Bats, Bees & Butterflies: Pollinator Day at SciWorks – Winston-Salem, NCSeptember 24th, 2016
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Dr. Nancy Adamson, Pollinator Conservation Specialist for The Xerces Society, will give a presentation about the benefits of attracting pollinators followed by a tour of SciWorks’ native gardens. She will provide valuable information about common pollinators (with a focus on bees), their habitat needs, and plants that support pollinators and other wildlife.
This program is appropriate for Master Gardeners, backyard garden enthusiasts, and educators. Plants, seeds, and educational materials will be provided to participants. Continuing Education credit for Environmental Education Certification is available.
Pre-registration is required for free admission to the workshop. Contact Kelli Isenhour at (336) 714-7106 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Carson City, NVSeptember 30th, 2016
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Western Nevada College, Carson City Campus
Carson City, NV
Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Join Jessa Kay Cruz, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist of the Xerces Society, as she overviews conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.
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Lunchtime Lecture: Monarch Butterflies – A Species of Wonder, a Species in Crisis – San Jose, CADecember 7th, 2016
San Jose Museum of Art
San Jose, CA
Please join Mia Monroe, volunteer with the Xerces Society and local coordinator of the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count, for December's Lunchtime Lecture entitled “Monarch Butterflies...A Species of Wonder, a Species in Crisis”. Lunchtime Lectures are included in Museum admission.
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Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Westampton, NJSeptember 29th, 2016
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
This full day workshop, instructed by Kelly Gill, Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist, will focus on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in agricultural landscapes. The course will provide an overview of bee natural history and identify practices such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators.