Events

Newest Research on the Value of Habitat for Pest Management – Webinar

May 25th, 2016
2:00 PM EDT
www.conservationwebinars.net

Join Thelma Heidel-Baker, Ph.D., Integrated Pest Management Specialist for the Xerces Society, for this webinar to learn about the benefits of creating on-farm habitat to support conservation biological control. The webinar will emphasize the most current scientific research on enhancing native beneficial insects and why maintaining habitat is so critical to these insects. Learn how adding diversity into agricultural cropland can provide the basic requirements to support these insects and how other farm management practices may have an impact.

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Planting Wildflowers to Support Pollinators in Florida Blueberries Field Day – Hawthorne, FL

May 26th, 2016
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Island Grove Ag Products
Hawthorne, FL

Join researchers from the University of Florida and Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist Emily May for this evening workshop at Island Grove Ag Products south of Hawthorne, FL. Topics will include the major pollinators of Florida blueberries, bee ecology and resource needs, how to successfully establish wildflower habitat for pollinators, using alternative managed bees for blueberry pollination, and minimizing pesticide risk to pollinators. This event is free and open to the public.

Click here for more information and to register.


Linking Pollinator and Water Quality Conservation on the Farm – Stillwater, MN

June 1st, 2016
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Washington County Water Consortium Meeting, Government Center
Stillwater, MN

Please join the Xerces Society’s Plant Ecologist, Jim Eckberg, and other technical experts, planners, and managers in the county for this forum on water resources. Participants meet to collaborate and share information regarding water resources and create efficiency in water management. Jim’s talk will address pollinator and water quality as two of the most significant conservation challenges for most farms. He will discuss how to design conservation plantings to help meet both of these objectives, as well as the identity, importance, and conservation status of pollinators and other beneficial insects.

For more information and to register, contact Tara Kline: (651)330-8220 ext. 28


Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Enumclaw, WA

June 3rd, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Green River College
Enumclaw, WA

Beneficial insects contribute to natural pest suppression and potentially save $4.5 billion annually in pesticide costs. Yet the contribution of insects that prey upon or parasitize crop pests is largely overlooked. 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. In addition to receiving the latest cutting edge scientific findings, course participants will conduct a field tour to practice identifying beneficial insects and their habitat.

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A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee – Portland, OR

June 3rd, 2016
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Ecotrust Building
Portland, OR

From forests to farms, pollinators – bees, butterflies, birds, and others – play an important role in sustaining natural systems of all kinds. While national attention around the decline of bee populations has largely been focused on domesticated honey bees, our native species are often overlooked. This film takes a look at one of our most imperiled bumble bees, and explores the chances for its survival.

In partnership with Ecotrust, the Xerces Society is honored to host the Portland premier of “A Ghost in the Making: Searching for the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee,” a film produced by National Geographic filmmaker Neil\Losin (Day’s Edge Productions) and natural history photographer Clay Bolt (Clay Bolt Photography).
See the trailer at www.rustypatched.com

The film will be followed by a panel discussion to explore bumble bee and pollinator conservation with a multitude of perspectives from urban policy and pesticides to agricultural lands and natural areas management.

Click here for more information and to register.


Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Woodinville, WA

June 4th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
21 Acres Farm
Woodinville, WA

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 farm practices that support pollinators, 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, course participants will conduct a field tour to practice identifying bees and their habitat.

Click here for more information and to register.


Urban Pollinators – Seattle, WA

June 5th, 2016
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
UW Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom
Seattle, WA

Create an oasis for struggling native pollinators! Join the Xerces Society at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture for a half-day workshop about building a place for native bees and butterflies all while beautifying your garden. This event is free, but we ask that you register in advance.

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Using Hedgerows to Attract ‘Good Bugs’ onto Your Farm – Colusa County, CA

June 9th, 2016
9:00 AM — 12:00 PM
Olam Ranch
Colusa County, CA (between the towns of Arbuckle and Williams)

Interested in reducing the need for insecticides and improving crop yields? Join other conservation-focused farmers at this free 1⁄2-day workshop and learn how hedgerows can attract and sustain beneficial insects on your farm. The event features a tour of a mile-long insectary and pollinator hedgerow, and will highlight the latest research linking habitat with beneficial insects and crop-resiliency. Speakers include conservation professionals and researchers from The Xerces Society, UC Cooperative Extension Services, UC Berkeley, Park’s Organics and more. *1 Hour Continuing Education Credit Available*

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Bumble Bees, Monarchs and More: How We Can All Help Bring Back the Pollinators – Telluride, CO

June 13th, 2016
6:00 PM
Wilkinson Library Program Room
Telluride, CO

Monarch butterfly populations have declined by more than 80 percent and many species of bumble bees are at risk of extinction. Loss of habitat, widespread use of pesticides, climate change, and disease and parasites are among the leading causes of these declines.

Although the situation is dire we have the ability as individuals and as a society to make changes that will help these important animals. A wide range of places offer opportunities for native pollinator conservation, including parks and open spaces, urban and suburban yards, working farms and rangelands, road and power line rights-of-way, and state and federal lands.

Xerces Society’s Executive Director Scott Black will discuss the latest science on pollinators, their importance and decline, and what we can all do to help. Event is free and open to the public.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Urbana, IL

June 14th, 2016
9:00 AM -4:00 PM
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL

Join Xerces Society’s Integrated Pest Management Specialist Thelma Heidel-Baker, and other experts for this full-day course on conservation biological control – a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control.

Click here more information and to register.


Promoting On-Farm Pollinators – Champaign, IL

June 14th, 2016
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery
Champaign, IL

This workshop will show you how you can create and enhance pollinator habitat on your farm, from the perspectives of Thelma Heidel-Baker, IPM Specialist with the Xerces Society, and Wes Jarrell and Leslie Cooperband, owners of Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery who have been fostering pollinators on their farm for over a decade. Pollinators are essential to farming and ecosystem health. Bees, butterflies, bats, birds, and more all play a part. With the ongoing loss of pollinator habitat, it is important for conscientious landowners and managers to protect and enhance this habitat. Bringing pollinators back to the landscape is not only beneficial to our prairie ecosystem, but can also benefit the farm’s bottom line. Learn what it takes to bring these pollinators back and the tools and resources available to help accomplish this on your farm.

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Bumble Bees, Monarchs and More: How We Can All Help Bring Back the Pollinators – Norwood, CO

June 14th, 2016
7:00 PM
The Livery
Norwood, CO

Monarch butterfly populations have declined by more than 80 percent and many species of bumble bees are at risk of extinction. Loss of habitat, widespread use of pesticides, climate change, and disease and parasites are among the leading causes of these declines.

Although the situation is dire we have the ability as individuals and as a society to make changes that will help these important animals. A wide range of places offer opportunities for native pollinator conservation, including parks and open spaces, urban and suburban yards, working farms and rangelands, road and power line rights-of-way, and state and federal lands.

Xerces Society’s Executive Director Scott Black will discuss the latest science on pollinators, their importance and decline, and what we can all do to help. Event is free and open to the public.

Click here for more information.


Managing for Native Pollinators – Enfield, NH

June 15th, 2016
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Enfield Shaker Museum
Enfield, NH

Join Xerces Society’s Pollinator and Conservation Biocontrol Specialist, Jarrod Fowler, and other experts for a series of indoor presentations, followed by an outdoor field session at NH Fish & Game’s Lower Shaker Wildlife Management Area. Grasslands and meadows are rare habitats in New Hampshire, and many of the wildlife species that depend on them have declined significantly over the last several decades. Learn about the maintenance required to create or maintain these habitats.

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Pollination and Cover Cropping in Pennsylvania Pumpkins Field Day – Bloomsburg, PA

June 16th, 2016
9:00 AM – 12:009 PM
McDowell Field, Brian Campbell Farms
Bloomsburg, PA

Join speakers from Pennsylvania State University, USDA-NRCS, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, and Brian Campbell Farms for a half-day workshop on PA pumpkin pollinators and how to support them through cover cropping and integrated pest and pollinator management. Topics include the major pollinators of Pennsylvania pumpkins; an overview of cover cropping in pumpkins, cover cropping for pollinators, equipment for no-till cover cropping, and cost-share options for pollinator habitat; and pest and disease management for pumpkins. This workshop will be held at the McDowell field operated by Brian Campbell Farms outside of Bloomsburg, PA. There is no fee to attend this field day; however, pre-registration is requested.

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Benefits of Pollinator Habitat for Farm Production: Improving Yields and Reducing Pest Populations – Louisburg, NC

June 16th, 2016
7:00 PM
Vance Granville Community College Franklin County Campus
Louisburg, NC

Join Nancy Adamson of Xerces Society and the Franklin County Small Farm Association to learn how pollinator habitat can help improve crop yield and quality, while also supporting natural enemies of crop pests to reduce pest populations. A $5 registration is required for the “Eat & Greet” at 6:30 PM. The main program begins at 7:00 PM and is free of charge.

Contact Rebecca Larkin-Martinez at fortclux@gmail.com or 919-723-8657 for more information and to register.


Meet the Pollinators! – Asheville, NC

Saturday, June 18th, 2016
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Audubon Sanctuary at Beaver Lake
Asheville, NC

Meet the Pollinators! Guided Pollinator Walk with environmental educator and monarch specialist Kim Bailey, bee biologist Dr. Nancy Lee Adamson, & Bee City USA Pollinator Projects Coordinator Sarah Coury. Free and family friendly!

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Birds, Butterflies, Bees & Blooms – Research Triangle Park, NC

June 22nd, 2016
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
RTP Headquarters
Research Triangle Park, NC

Join Nancy Adamson of the Xerces Society, Brett Moule of NC Natural Resources Conservation, along with many local environmental organizations in Research Triangle Park for a fun afternoon celebrating pollinators and the opening of a new pollinator garden.

Click here for more information and to register.


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.

Click here for more information and to register.


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.

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.

Click here for more information and to register.


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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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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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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