Events

Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Hickory Corners, MI

July 25th, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Kellogg Biological Station, Academic Building
Hickory Corners, MI

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 Thelma Heidel-Baker, IPM 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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Land Stewardship for Pollinator Conservation – Galloway, NJ

July 27, 2016
3:50 PM – 5:10 PM (subject to change – check registration page for updated information)
Stockton University
Galloway, NJ

Join Kelly Gill of the Xerces Society for her talk, “Land Stewardship for Pollinator Conservation”, at the Eastern Apiculture Society Conference. The week will be filled with educational talks and workshops, scores of national and local vendors, bee olympics, honey show competitions, hands-on bee demonstrations, mead and candle-making, a tour of a large beekeeping operation, and so much more.

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Pollinator Habitat Assessment Workshop – Goshen, NH

July 28th, 2016
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Gunnison Brook
Goshen, NH

Join Jarrod Fowler of the Xerces Society, in collaboration with NHACD and NRCS, for this free pollinator habitat assessment workshop.

Contact Jarrod Fowler for more information.


Mussel Re-colonization Monitoring – Portland, OR

August 8th, 2016
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.

Registration for this event is now closed. The registration limit has been met.


Enhancing On-Farm Pollinator Habitat Workshop – Tripoli, IA

August 20th, 2016
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Bremer County Extension Building
Tripoli, IA

Join Sarah Foltz Jordan of the Xerces Society and Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) for a full-day workshop and field tour focused on how to evaluate and enhance pollinator habitat on a diversity of Iowa farms. In the morning, Sarah will lead the classroom portion of the workshop at the extension office. After lunch, the group will caravan to two area farms to get involved in pollinator habitat planning: Genuine Faux Farm (vegetables and poultry) and Steve Schmidt Farm (corn, soy, and hay). Registration is free for PFI members; $40 for non-members. Registration is required by Aug. 13th.

For more information and to register, contact Liz Kolbe or Lauren Zastrow at (515) 232-5661 or lauren@practicalfarmers.org.


Bee Friendly to Bees Day – Greensboro, NC

August 20, 2016
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
NC Cooperative Extension
Greensboro, NC

Join Nancy Adamson of Xerces Society and Olav Rueppell’s bee lab members from UNC Greensboro to learn more about the diversity of bees in North Carolina and research ongoing in the Rueppell Lab. We’ll have displays with native bees, an observation hive, and information about how to support pollinators by protecting or planting habitat.

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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.

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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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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Manheim, 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 and partner biologist with the NRCS, 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.


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.

Click here for more information and to register.


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.


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