Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Kingston, RI

February 11th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
University of Rhode Island East Farm
Kingston, RI

Join Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialists Kelly Gill and Jarrod Fowler, 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 for more information and to register.

Broad Benefits of Pollinator Habitat – Albemarle, NC

February 11th, 2016
6:00 PM
Stanly County Beekeepers Meeting – First Presbyterian Church
126 W North St.
Albemarle, NC

Please join Nancy Adamson, Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, at the Stanly County Beekeepers meeting to learn about habitat that benefits honey bees and a huge diversity of native bees (about 500 species in NC) along with lots of other insects that benefit farm production by helping to reduce pest populations. All are welcome.
Potluck dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the program meeting.

For more information, call 704-463-5367 or 704-982-1861.

2016 Midwest Soil Health Summit – Alexandria, MN

February 17-18, 2016
Arrowwood Resort
Alexandria, MN

This Sustainable Farming Association event features leading soil health experts and farmers for two days of education and farmer networking – all geared at improving the health of soil. Sarah Foltz Jordan (Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist) and Jim Eckberg (Xerces Plant Ecologist) will be sharing information on habitat enhancement opportunities for pollinators and other beneficial insects on farms.

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Habitat Conservation Forum – Culpeper, VA

February 24th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Germanna Community College
Culpeper, VA

Join Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist Nancy Lee Adamson, PhD, at this forum to bring together individuals and representatives from many different backgrounds and organizations, and further the conversation among a variety of stakeholders about the use of native plants in the landscape. Several guest speakers will share their knowledge about the importance of native plants to biodiversity.

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MOSES Organic Farming Conference – La Crosse, WI

February 25 – 27, 2016
La Crosse Center
La Crosse, WI

Join the Xerces Society at the nation’s premier event about organic and sustainable farming. This three day event will include a keynote address by Eric Lee-Mäder, co-director of Xerces Society’s Pollinator Program. Visit us at the Xerces booth all three days for a huge assortment of free materials including several new publications. Xerces staff will be in hand, offering free consultations with farmers to address questions regarding habitat placement, site prep, seed mix design, and other issues.

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Webinar: Conservation of Monarch Butterflies in the Western US

February 25th, 2016
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST
Hosted by the Monarch Joint Venture and the National Conservation Training Center

Join Sarina Jepsen of the Xerces Society as she presents on the conservation of monarch butterflies in the Western US. Though most are familiar with the large populations of monarchs in the eastern US that travel to Mexico each fall, monarchs in the western US – including those that migrate annually to the California Coast – have received far less attention. This webinar will provide an overview of the biology, life history, and conservation status of monarchs in the western US, including factors that may be contributing to the observed population decline at California overwintering sites.

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Successfully Establishing Plants for Pollinators – New Haven, CT

February 26th, 2016 (snow date: February 29th)
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Jones Auditorium, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
New Haven, CT

Join Xerces Society Pollinator and Conservation Biocontrol Specialist Jarrod Fowler, and other experts for talks and discussion on planting to attract and sustain populations of beneficial pollinator species. Attendance is limited and registration is required.

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Growing Family Farms: Tools for Success – Hillsborough, NC

February 29th, 2016 (snow date March 7)
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Whitted Building
Hillsborough, NC

As part of the day-long Orange County Agriculture Summit, Nancy Adamson, Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist, will talk about the broad benefits of pollinator habitat on farms.

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Aldo Leopold Weekend – Bloomington, MN

March 4th-5th
MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
Bloomington, MN

Join the MN Valley NWR, Sarah Foltz Jordan of Xerces, and several other local groups for a weekend designed to bring people in the community together around Leopold’s idea of a land ethic. The theme this year is insects and pollinators!

More details coming soon.

People for Pollinators Symposium – St. Paul, MN

March 8th, 2016
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Dakota Lodge
St. Paul, MN

A joint Pollinator Friendly Alliance and Pollinate Minnesota event, this in-depth symposium is designed to inspire, connect and unite for a pollinator friendly Minnesota. Sarah Foltz Jordan (Xerces Pollinator Conservation Specialist) will be co-teaching two sessions: Amazing Wild Bees (with Colleen Satyshur, U of MN Bee Lab) which will profile the fantastic life histories of local native bees, and Regenerative Farming Habitat (with Jim Riddle) which will address specific on-farm habitat opportunities for pollinators, including case studies of local farms. Lots of other great sessions on the agenda as well.

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Beetles Bees & Butterflies: A Symposium on Vermont’s Pollinators – Burlington, VT

March 17th, 2016
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
ECHO Aquarium and Science Center
Burlington, VT

Join the conversation! Learn about the complex challenges facing pollinators in Vermont and help identify strategies to protect these essential species. Join Xerces Society Pollinator and Conservation Biocontrol Specialist Jarrod Fowler, and other experts as they examine the threats to pollinators and their critical role in preserving Vermont’s working lands and wild places. Hands-on round table discussions will offer in-depth opportunities to explore efforts to support pollinators and share individual experiences and ideas.

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Monarch Habitat on Farms Workshop – Farmington, MN

April 1st, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Farmington NRCS Field Office
Farmington, MN

This full day free workshop offered by the Xerces Society, Monarch Joint Venture, and Tallgrass Prairie Center will focus on practical skills for monarch conservation on working farms. Participants will hear from a variety of speakers and learn about unique opportunities for enhancing and restoring monarch habitat within the agricultural landscape of the Upper Midwest. This is a follow-up to our popular series of on-farm monarch habitat field days that so many of you attended this last fall (thank you!).

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Bee Monitoring “Refresher” Field Day – Maplewood, MN

May 14th, 2016 (rain date: May 15th)
Fish Creek Natural Area
Maplewood, MN

This field day led by the Xerces Society’s Sarah Foltz Jordan, Maplewood Nature Center, and Great River Greening is open to participants who completed our “Bee-come a Bee Monitor” native bee identification and monitoring training workshop last September. We will be practicing our ID skills and the monitoring protocol in order to prepare you for the monitoring season ahead.

More details to come.

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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