Events

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.

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Knee Deep in Prairies – Native Pollinators – Saukville, WI

August 26th, 2016
1:10 PM – 3:20 PM
Saukville, WI

Learn how prairies and our native wildflowers play a critical role in protecting beneficial insects such as pollinators. Join Thelma Heidel-Baker in this Breakout Session as she talks about protecting beneficial insects at the Knee Deep in Prairies event at the Riveredge Nature Center. This workshop will cover the challenges being faced by pollinators and other beneficial insects and outline steps you can take to conserve these vital insects and the important ecological services they provide.

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Bumble Bee Short Course – Boston, MA

August 27th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Boston, MA

Join Rich Hatfield of the Xerces Society for a day-long workshop and field visit to learn about the status of native bees and the steps you can take to protect and enhance their populations. This workshop will provide an overview of bumble bee life-history and ecology, as well as which species are most imperiled throughout the eastern U.S. Participants will also learn about the threats they face, and what can be done in their yards to help protect them. A focus of the workshop will be training participants how to identify the bumble bees in their backyard, and throughout New England.

This event is full. Seats are available for the classroom session only. Click here to reserve your seat.


Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Oakville, CA

August 30th, 2016
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Oakville Experimental Vineyard
Oakville, CA

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), Thelma Heidel-Baker (Integrated Pest Management Specialist), and Hillary Sardiñas, (Pacific Coast Pollinator Conservation Specialist), of the Xerces Society, 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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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Salinas, CA

August 31st, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
County of Monterey Agricultural Center
Salinas, CA

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), Thelma Heidel-Baker (Integrated Pest Management Specialist), and Hillary Sardiñas, (Pacific Coast Pollinator Conservation Specialist), of the Xerces Society, 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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MJV Monarch Conservation Webinar: Monarchs and Roadsides

August 31st, 2016
2:00 PM Eastern

This webinar, hosted by Monarch Join Venture, includes presenters Dr. Karen Oberhauser and Kyle Kasten from the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab, Jennifer Hopwood from the Xerces Society, and Ken Graeve from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Tremendous amounts of habitat have been lost throughout the monarchs’ range, primarily due to development and changing agricultural practices. There are many opportunities to enhance and restore habitat for monarchs and pollinators in marginal areas, such as roadsides. This webinar will include background information on monarchs and pollinators in roadside habitats, key findings from a study of milkweed and monarch surveys along roadsides, and case studies and opportunities for Departments of Transportation.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Landisville, PA

September 7th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Penn State Southeast Agricultural Research & Extension Center (SEAREC)
Landisville, PA

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, Pollinator Conservation 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.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Keene, NH

September 20th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Stonewall Farm
Keene, NH

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 Jarrod Fowler, Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation & Biocontrol Specialist from the Xerces Society, as he 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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Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Westampton, NJ

September 29th, 2016
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Westampton, NJ

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.

Click here for more information and to register.


Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Carson City, NV

September 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.

Click here for more information and to register.


Lunchtime Lecture: Monarch Butterflies – A Species of Wonder, a Species in Crisis – San Jose, CA

December 7th, 2016
12:00 PM
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.

Click here for more details.


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