Events

Native Meadow and Hedgerow Pollinator Plantings for ASAP’s Farm Tour – Black Mountain, NC

June 25th – 26th, 2016
12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Hop’n Blueberry Farm and other participating farms
Black Mountain, NC and locations throughout Western North Carolina

Join Van Burnette of Hop’n Blueberry Farm and Nancy Adamson of Xerces Society for  Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s (ASAP) annual Farm Tour. Along with blueberries and hops, Van also raises butterflies, tags monarchs, and teaches about pollinator conservation. Nancy will talk about the diverse native meadow and hedgerows installed with help from Xerces and the NRCS to expand Van’s pollinator and other wildlife habitat.

Click here for more information and here to register.


Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Crafsbury Common, VT

June 27th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Sterling College, Simpson Hall
Crafsbury Common, VT

In this workshop lead by Jarrod Fowler of the Xerces Society you will learning about the best management practices that minimize land-use impacts on pollinators, how to assess pollinator habitat and how to increase and enhance pollinator diversity on the land. The workshop will also address the economic impact of conservation of invertebrates and introduce several avenues for technical and financial support for habitat creation. It will also review current Farm Bill pollinator conservation provisions and how to implement those provisions through USDA programs such as EQIP, CSP, and CRP.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Crafsbury Common, VT

June 28th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Sterling College, Simpson Hall
Crafsbury Common, VT

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 insecticides. This one-day workshop, lead by Jarrod Fowler of the Xerces Society, will provide an overview of conservation biological control and integrated pest management (IPM). Students will learn the importance of beneficial insects, the predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests, as well as how to identify them and recognize their habitat needs and deficiencies.

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Freshwater Mussel Rescue and Relocation Event – Portland, OR

July 8th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Westmoreland Park
Portland, OR

Freshwater mussels are the most at-risk animals in the U.S. and are an important component of northwest streams and rivers. Mussels benefit streams and fish by improving water quality, they are food for a variety of mammals and birds, and mussel beds provide habitat for other stream inhabitants. You are invited to join the Xerces Society and the Crystal Springs Partnership to spend a fun-filled day in the stream to survey for and relocate freshwater mussels ahead of a stream restoration project. Please join us for this engaging and unique event to conserve and protect these declining species. No prior experience is required.

Registration for this event is now closed. The registration limit has been met.


Conserving Native Bumble Bees – Hockessin, DE

July 9th, 2016
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Mt. Cuba Center, Main House Lecture Room 2
Hockessin, DE

Bumble bees, key pollinators of crops and wildflowers, are declining at an alarming rate, and previously common species are now absent from much of their former territory. Join Xerces Society’s Kelly Gill to learn about bumble bee biology and habitat needs, how to create bumble bee friendly gardens, and how you can contribute to citizen science projects to help conserve our native bumble bees. Then go on a garden tour to observe bumble bees and other pollinators in action.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Framingham, MA

July 11th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
New England Wildflower Society, Garden in the Woods
Framingham, MA

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 insecticides. This one-day workshop, lead by Jarrod Fowler of the Xerces Society, will provide an overview of conservation biological control and integrated pest management (IPM). Students will learn the importance of beneficial insects, the predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests, as well as how to identify them and recognize their habitat needs and deficiencies.

Click here for more information and to register.


Planting Wildflowers to Support Pollinators In Michigan Blueberries – Pullman, MI

July 12th, 2016
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Pullman, MI

This evening workshop will cover the state of the 2016 Michigan blueberry season, major pollinators of Michigan blueberries, bee ecology and resource needs, how to successfully establish wildflower habitat for pollinators, cost-share options for pollinator habitat, and minimizing pesticide risk to pollinators. The event will be held at a wildflower planting south of Pullman, MI, managed by True Blue Farms. This event is free and open to the public.

Email emily.may@xerces.org for more information and to register.


Pollinator Conservation Short Course – State College, PA

July 17th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Penn State University
State College, PA

This full day workshop 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. In addition to receiving the latest cutting edge scientific findings from Penn State university scientists, course participants will conduct a field tour of the Penn State Arboretum pollinator plantings to practice identifying bees and their habitat.

Taking place during the 2016 International Conference on Pollinator Biology, Health, and Policy.

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Choosing and Managing Cover Crops to Support Beneficial Insects for Pest Control and Pollination – Mt. Olive, NC

July 18th, 2016 – July 19th, 2016
2016 Cover Crop Conference, University of Mount Olive
Mt. Olive, NC

Join Nancy Adamson, Mark Schonbeck, and Patryk Battle for their workshop entitled “Choosing and Managing Cover Crops to Support Beneficial Insects for Pest Control and Pollination”, to learn about and discuss the most common covers used in the southeast to support beneficial insects, some less commonly used covers, potential management trade-offs or co-management opportunities (flowering, seed drop, fertility, and alternate hosts, for example), and specific management techniques to address regionally specific pest concerns such as stink bugs.

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Bumble Bee Survey – Mendota Height, MN

July 8th, 2016
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Pilot Knob Hill
Mendota Height, MN
15 Volunteers Needed

Join Sarah Foltz Jordan of the Xerces Society, Elaine Evans of the University of MN Bee Lab, and Great River Greening ecologists for a survey designed to monitor pollinator abundance, diversity, and foraging patterns of bumble bees – including searches for the rusty patch bumble bee and other rare Minnesota species. This ongoing monitoring project will help the Xerces Society and Great River Greening evaluate the tie-in between restoration practices and pollinator management. No experience is necessary – all training needed will be provided as a part of the event. Volunteers will also receive a bumble bee conservation training kit, including pocket ID guides, conservation guidelines, and more. The survey will take place at Pilot Knob Hill in Mendota Heights. Known to Dakota people as Oheyawahi, “the hill much visited,” Pilot Knob is a place of distinctive historical, cultural, and environmental importance, a sacred site, and a landmark of Minnesota’s beginnings. The event will be held weather-permitting. Stay tuned for details on the rain date. This project is made possible with support from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund.

For more information or to register, email Katie at kmccann@greatrivergreening.org


NACCB Society for Conservation Biology Annual Conference – Madison, WI

July 19th, 2016
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

Join Xerces Society’s Executive Director Scott Hoffman Black and Pollinator Conservation Specialist Sarah Foltz Jordan, along with several other speakers, for a special symposium: Agriculture and Monarchs: Communication Challenges and Successes. This symposium explores how conservation biologists are working to engage farmers and ranchers in habitat conservation within the “agricultural matrix” that once supported tens of millions of these charismatic butterflies. Scott’s talk, entitled “Monarch conservation and agriculture: uneasy bedfellows or natural partners?” will address the unique challenges and opportunities of integrating monarch habitat into agricultural lands. Sarah’s talk will focus on monarch habitat case studies from Midwest farming communities. The symposium will include practitioners who focus on monarchs, and practitioners with a history of working with the agricultural community.

More information here:
Monarch Symposium Part 1
Monarch Symposium Part 2
Conference


Native Plants for Pollinators – Cullowhee, NC

July 21st, 2016
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
2016 Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC

Pollinators need native plants and we need pollinators. Join Nancy Adamson to learn a little more about how native plants support pollinators, predators, and parasitoids. She’ll touch on the diversity of bees in the region (about 500 species in NC) and their habitat needs, including specialist relationships—bees needing certain pollen, like the rose mallow bee. She’ll share “Working Trees for Pollinators” and highlight benefits of diverse native hedgerow and wildflower plantings.

Click here for more information and to register.


Native Grasses of the Southern Appalachians and their Meadow Communities – Cullowhee, NC

July 22nd, 2016
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
2016 Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC

Join Gary Kauffman, National Forest in North Carolina Botanist, and Nancy Adamson, Xerces Society ecologist, for a hands-on native grasses workshop highlighting natural communities that inspire ecological landscaping. We’ll see where grass communities are more common and why, learn to use a key based on grass families and tribes, look at samples of common native grasses (many easy to identify without a hand lens), touch on native meadow establishment and long term maintenance, and help identify samples you share. Bring a hand lens, the keys you like to use, and a copy of the grass section of Weakley’s flora (contact GKauffman@fs.fed.us or nancy@xerces.org for a resource list).

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Gardening for Wildlife – Landisville, PA

July 23rd, 2016
Time TBA
The Summer Garden Experience – Penn State Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Landisville, PA

Join Kelly Gill of the Xerces Society for her talk, “Gardening for Wildlife”, during this full day event. Multiple speakers, times and more info TBA.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Hickory Corners, MI

July 25th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Kellogg Biological Station
Hickory Corners, MI

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 Thelma Heidel-Baker, IPM Specialist at 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.

Check back here soon for more information and to register.


Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Hickory Corners, MI

July 25th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Kellogg Biological Station, Academic Building
Hickory Corners, MI

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 insecticides. This one-day workshop, lead by Jarrod Fowler of the Xerces Society, will provide an overview of conservation biological control and integrated pest management (IPM). Students will learn the importance of beneficial insects, the predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests, as well as how to identify them and recognize their habitat needs and deficiencies.

Click here for more information and to register.


Land Stewardship for Pollinator Conservation – Galloway, NJ

July 27, 2016
3:50 PM – 5:10 PM (subject to change – check registration page for updated information)
Stockton University
Galloway, NJ

Join Kelly Gill of the Xerces Society for her talk, “Land Stewardship for Pollinator Conservation”, at the Eastern Apiculture Society Conference. The week will be filled with educational talks and workshops, scores of national and local vendors, bee olympics, honey show competitions, hands-on bee demonstrations, mead and candle-making, a tour of a large beekeeping operation, and so much more.

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Mussel Re-colonization Monitoring – Portland, OR

August 8th, 2016
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Westmoreland Park
Portland, OR

Freshwater mussels are the most at-risk animals in the U.S. and are an important (and protected) component of northwest streams and rivers. Mussels benefit streams and fish by improving water quality, they are food for a variety of mammals and birds, and mussel beds provide habitat for other stream inhabitants. You are invited to join the Xerces Society and the Crystal Springs Partnership to spend a fun-filled day in the stream to conduct surveys for freshwater mussels in the restored reaches at Westmoreland Park. Please join us for this engaging and informative event to investigate the effects of improved fish habitat on native mussels and assess the rate of re-colonization following restoration activities. No prior experience is required.

Registration for this event is now closed. The registration limit has been met.


Enhancing On-Farm Pollinator Habitat Workshop – Tripoli, IA

August 20th, 2016
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Bremer County Extension Building
Tripoli, IA

Join Sarah Foltz Jordan of the Xerces Society and Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) for a full-day workshop and field tour focused on how to evaluate and enhance pollinator habitat on a diversity of Iowa farms. In the morning, Sarah will lead the classroom portion of the workshop at the extension office. After lunch, the group will caravan to two area farms to get involved in pollinator habitat planning: Genuine Faux Farm (vegetables and poultry) and Steve Schmidt Farm (corn, soy, and hay). Registration is free for PFI members; $40 for non-members. Registration is required by Aug. 13th.

For more information and to register, contact Liz Kolbe or Lauren Zastrow at (515) 232-5661 or lauren@practicalfarmers.org.


Bee Friendly to Bees Day – Greensboro, NC

August 20, 2016
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
NC Cooperative Extension
Greensboro, NC

Join Nancy Adamson of Xerces Society and Olav Rueppell’s bee lab members from UNC Greensboro to learn more about the diversity of bees in North Carolina and research ongoing in the Rueppell Lab. We’ll have displays with native bees, an observation hive, and information about how to support pollinators by protecting or planting habitat.

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Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Pueblo, CO

*RESCHEDULED*
August 23, 2016 (new date)
Southeast Colorado Water Conservancy District
Pueblo, CO

This full day workshop 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.

Click here for more information and to register.


Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Lamar, CO

*RESCHEDULED*
August 24, 2016 (new date)
Lamar County Fairgrounds (Home Economics Building)
Lamar, CO

This full day workshop 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.

Click here for more information and to register.


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