Mussel Re-colonization Monitoring – Portland, OR

Friday, July 10, 2015, 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.

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Official Summer Butterfly Count – Fort Worth, TX

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 7:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Fort Worth Nature Center
Fort Worth, TX

Come help with the only official butterfly count in the Dallas metroplex!

Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist Anne Stine is excited to be working with the local naturalist community and the Fort Worth Nature Center to coordinate this year’s summer butterfly count! Annual butterfly counts were initiated by the Xerces Society in 1974. Now maintained by NABA, these counts are intended to track changes in the butterfly community over time. 2015 is the 24th consecutive year that this count has been conducted in Tarrant County.

Volunteers should wear comfortable shoes and bring water, a sun hat, sunscreen, bug repellent, and paper + writing utensil(s) for their tally. Guide books and binoculars are also recommended.
Rain date: July 12th.

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Save Our Monarchs – Hockessin, DE

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Mt. Cuba Center
Hockessin, DE

Monarch butterfly numbers have declined more than 90% over the past 20 years. Habitat destruction, especially the loss of milkweed, is one of the key factors responsible for this alarming trend. However, each of us can make a difference and help reverse these numbers. Join Kelly Gill, Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist, as she unlocks the fascinating world of monarchs and shows you how to conserve these iconic butterflies.
This class qualifies for the following professional credits: 2 APLD, 1 DNLA, 3 NOFA

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Mussel Survivorship Monitoring – Portland, OR

Monday, July 13, 2015, 9:00 AM– 3:00 PM
Westmoreland’s Union Manor
Portland, OR

Relocation of at-risk freshwater mussels is primarily carried out to salvage mussels at planned restoration sites prior to in-stream work. Please join the Xerces Society and Crystal Springs Partnership to continue a second year of post-relocation monitoring to assess survivorship of tagged mussels salvaged from stream restoration sites. Participants will learn how to survey for freshwater mussels and will help inform future rescue operations and best management practices as well as the success of re-location and survivorship protocols developed under this project. No prior experience is required.

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Native Meadow Tour: Buck Creek Serpentine Barrens – Cullowhee, NC

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 8:30 AM — 5:00 PM
Cullowhee Native Plant Conference
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC

Join Gary Kauffman, National Forests in North Carolina Botanist, and Nancy Adamson, Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist, for a trek through Buck Creek Serpentine Barrens in the Southern Appalachians highlighting wildlife that native meadows support. Maintained with prescribed fire, the barrens are rich in wildflowers and grasses adapted to the unusual minerals associated with serpentine soils.

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Bumble Bee Survey at Pilot Knob Hill – Mendota Heights, MN

Friday, July 24, 2015
Pilot Knob Hill
Mendota Heights, MN

Join Sarah Foltz Jordan, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Great River Greening, and Elaine Evans of University of Minnesota Bee Lab for a bumble bee survey designed to monitor pollinator abundance, diversity, and foraging patterns – including searches for the rusty patch bumble bee and other rare Minnesota species. Part of a series, this ongoing monitoring project will help the Xerces Society and Great River Greening evaluate the tie-in between restoration practices and pollinator management.

Register to volunteer through Green River Greening. More information coming soon!

Pollinator Passion Weekend – Everett, WA

Friday, July 24, 2015, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM
WSU Snohomish County Extension
Everett, WA

The event opens Friday evening with “Bring Back the Pollinators!” featuring Rich Hatfield, endangered species conservation biologist for The Xerces Society with information on the state of our pollinators as well as advice on how to convert most any area of land into pollinator habitat.

Click here to register and for more information.

Common Native Bees Slideshow and Garden Foray – Chapel Hill, NC

Sunday, July 26, 2015, 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
North Carolina Botanical Garden (directions)
Chapel Hill, NC

Join Nancy Adamson, Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist, to learn about some of the most common bees visiting flowers and supporting the great diversity of our landscapes. In North Carolina, we have about 500 native species and a few introduced species in addition to the European honey bee. Bumble bees, mason bees, mining or digger bees, sunflower bees, carpenter bees, hibiscus bees, and leafcutter bees are all groups you can easily recognize when you slow down and take a look. Weather permitting, we will visit the garden following a slideshow to see who inhabits the wonderful native plants and plant communities found on the Botanical Garden grounds.

Register by email or phone (919-843-8524). Fee: $15 ($10 for NCBG members).

Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Farmington, MN

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
NRCS Farmington Field Office
Farmington, MN

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. 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.

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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.

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.

Learn How to Attract Native Pollinators to Fields, Farms, and Orchards – Corning, NY

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

Pollinators – which include bees, butterflies, and other insects – provide an essential ecological service for the environment. They support the reproduction of over 85% of the world’s flowering plants and more than two-thirds of the world’s crop species, valued at $18–$27 billion annually in the United States alone.

In many places, however, pollinators are at risk. In 2006, the National Academy of Sciences released the report Status of Pollinators in North America, which called attention to the decline of pollinators. The report urged agencies and organizations to increase awareness and protect pollinator habitat. In response, the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation developed the Pollinator Conservation Short Course to educate producers of bee-pollinated crops, agriculture employees, natural resource specialists, land managers, and conservation organization staff.

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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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Expanding the Availability of Regionally Native Seeds – Webinar

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

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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