Events

Pollinator Party: A Celebration of Bees – Minneapolis, MN

Thursday, July 30, 2015 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Lyndale Park Gardens
Minneapolis, MN

Buzz over to the Pollinator Party, a celebration of the life and work of honey bees and wild bees, at Lyndale Park Gardens. Bees, honey, games, food and music. Sarah Foltz Jordan, Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist, will be in attendance to answer questions and share her expertise.

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Bumble Bees of Minnesota – Brainerd, MN

Sunday, August 9, 2015, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Northland Arboretum
Brainerd MN

Did you know 18 different bumble bee species make their home in Minnesota, including several species that are in decline? Join Sarah Foltz Jordan, Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist, and Elaine Evans, University of Minnesota/ Conservation Consultant, for a workshop on bumble bee identification, biology, habitat needs, and conservation status. Participants will learn how to survey for bumble bees, how to participate in a bumble bee citizen monitoring project, and how to create habitat for these important animals.

Click here for more information. Please RSVP to the Arboretum by phone 218-829-8770 or email. Click here to download the event flyer.


Macroinvertebrate Training and Monitoring – Milwaukie/Portland, OR

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Johnson Creek Watershed Council
Milwaukie, OR

Sunday, August 23, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Westmoreland Park
Portland, OR

Aquatic macroinvertebrates play a central role in aquatic food webs and are a critically important nutrient resource for juvenile fish; thus, knowledge of the aquatic macroinvertebrate community is of great importance when evaluating the success of stream restoration projects. Come learn about the amazing diversity of freshwater macroinvertebrates and what they can tell us about the health of a stream. Participants will gain hands-on experience identifying stream macroinvertebrates and learn stream survey methods during an evening classroom training session. Volunteers will then spend a day in and near the stream to collect macroinvertebrate samples, record habitat data, and use their identification skills to help identify collected samples on-site.

This event is currently full. Click here for more information and to add your name to the wait list. Please note registration is for both the evening training session and the day-long stream survey.


Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Boone, IA

Friday, August 21, 2015, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
ISU Field Extension Education Lab (FEEL)
Boone, IA

This full-day training will provide you with the latest science-based approaches to pest management strategies 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 strategy is based upon ongoing research that continues to demonstrate a link between the conservation of natural habitat and reduced pest problems on farms, orchards, and gardens.

Click here for more information and to register.


Migratory Dragonfly Short Course – Alexandria, VA

Saturday, August 22, 2015, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Huntley Meadows Park
Alexandria, VA

Dragonfly migration is one of the most fascinating events in the insect world, but also one of the least-known. This course is designed to shed light on this understudied phenomenon and intended for anyone interested in dragonflies and in contributing to our growing knowledge about dragonfly migration in North America. Whether you are a novice or a pro when it comes to dragonflies, please join the Xerces Society’s staff scientist and Aquatic Program Director Celeste Searles Mazzacano for this fun and informative event to become a volunteer citizen science monitor and help us explore the amazing phenomenon of dragonfly migration!

This course is currently full. Click here for for more information and to add your name to the wait list.


Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Corning, NY

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Big Flats Plant Material Center
Corning, NY

This full-day training will provide you with the latest science-based approaches to pest management strategies 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 strategy is based upon ongoing research that continues to demonstrate a link between the conservation of natural habitat and reduced pest problems on farms, orchards, and gardens.

Click here for more information and to register.


Enhancing Diversity to Support Pollinators: Focus on Bees – Jamestown, NC

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 7:00 PM
Sedgefield Garden Club
Griffin Recreation Center
Jamestown, NC

Looking for ways to better support bees and other pollinators? Join Nancy Adamson, Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist, to learn how natural habitat and planting native plants benefits not only our most important agricultural pollinators, bees, but lots of other beneficial insects and other wildlife.

Free and open to the public, but please register by September 8th due to limited space via email or phone at 336-420-5926.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Kingston, RI

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
University of Rhode Island East Farm
Kingston, RI

This full-day training will provide you with the latest science-based approaches to pest management strategies 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 strategy is based upon ongoing research that continues to demonstrate a link between the conservation of natural habitat and reduced pest problems on farms, orchards, and gardens.

Click here for more information and to register.


ASAP’s Farm Tour – Black Mountain, NC

Saturday & Sunday, September 19 & 20, 2015
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 on ASAP’s 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 about Van’s farm.

Purchase Farm Tour Passes from ASAP.


Expanding the Availability of Regionally Native Seeds – Webinar

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern
Conservation of Natural Resources Webinars
Online

As efforts to enhance the diversity of habitat plantings expand, so does interest in obtaining additional species of locally common plants and local ecotype seeds. Join Nancy, Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist, and others for a discussion of various efforts NRCS and other organizations are involved in to increase the availability of locally appropriate plant seeds.

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Common Native Bees of North Carolina – Pittsboro, NC

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Chatham County Beekeepers Association Monthly Meeting
Agricultural Building Auditorium
Pittsboro, NC

Join Nancy Adamson, Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist, to learn about the common native bees that nest under our feet and within tiny cavities wherever they can find them. Once you start to look for them, you’ll find them all around us, collecting nectar and pollen from our native perennials, shrubs, and trees, from common weeds, and ensuring an abundant harvest of our tastiest crops. This program will also highlight ways to support native bees and honey bees through habitat enhancement.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Moya Hallstein at (859) 492-1486.


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