Events

Attracting Beneficial Insects: Predators, Parasitoids, and Pollinators – Bennington, NE

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Nebraska Native Plant Society
Glacier Creek Preserve
Bennington, NE

Beneficial insects provide us with essential ecosystem services. Join Jennifer Hopwood of the Xerces Society to learn how we all can make important contributions to supporting our insect allies.

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Pollinator Workshop – Newport, RI

Monday, April 20, 2015, 1:00 PM – 3:40 PM
The Annual Northeast Fish & Wildlife Conference
Newport Marriott
Newport, RI

Join Kelly Gill of the Xerces Society and other conservation experts for a series of talks on native bees and butterflies, conservation efforts, and enhancing and managing landscapes to conserve these important insects. Kelly’s talks will focus on restoring habitat for native bees and landscape management to conserve monarch butterflies.

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Open House and Watershed Field Day – Lockeford, CA

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Lockeford Plant Materials Center
Lockeford, CA

Join Jessa Kay Cruz, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Xerces Society, for a field day devoted to soil and watershed health. Jessa and Athena Pratt, District Conservationist, will speak about the ecological benefits of pollinator habitat – highlighting PMC Pollinator Plantings establishment, maintenance, and pollinator monitoring.

For more information, to RSVP, or to arrange for any special needs, contact Margaret Smither-Kopperl (209.727.5319 x 102). Click here to view the event announcement.


Land Stewardship for Pollinator Conservation – Cambridge, MA

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Grow Native Massachusetts: Evenings with Experts
Cambridge Library
Cambridge, MA

Come learn about the fascinating and diverse world of New England’s native pollinators! Kelly Gill, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, will be speaking about native pollinators — bees, butterflies, flies, beetles, and wasps — and about the latest science-based approaches to reversing pollinator declines by protecting and managing habitat for these vital insects.

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Celebrating Diversity to Support Pollinators: Focus on Bees – Highlands, NC

Friday, May 8, 2015, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Wildflower Whimsy
Highlands Biological Foundation Nature Center
Highlands, NC

Our diverse landscapes and abundant harvests depend on intimate connections between flowers and their pollinators. Nancy Adamson will highlight the pollinators that ensure the beautiful blooms we treasure throughout the growing season and, in turn, provide nectar, pollen, and nesting habitat.

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Wildflower Walk: Diversity of the Chattooga River – Highlands, NC

Saturday, May 9, 2015, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Wildflower Whimsy
Highlands Biological Foundation Nature Center
Highlands, NC

Experience a rich diversity of native plants along one of the most diverse river gorges in North America during an educational walk led by Nancy Adamson, Xerces Society and Jennie Stowers, Education Chair of HBF. Participants will walk along the Chattooga Loop Trail and identify native plants in the context of ecological conditions. Moderate.

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Farming for Bees and Other Beneficial Insects – Mocksville, NC

Friday, May 14, 2015, 7:00 PM
Farming for Bees and Other Beneficial Insects: Improving Crop Pollination and Pest Management with Habitat Restoration
Hosted by the Davie County Beekeepers Association
Davie County Extension Office
Mocksville, NC

Join Nancy Adamson for a program highlighting the importance of native bees in fruit and vegetable pollination. Learn about common bees pollinating crops and ways to support bees (including honey bees) and other beneficial insects (predators and parasitoids of crop pests) on farms and in home gardens.

Free and open to the public. Potluck at 6:30 PM (bring a covered dish), everyone is encouraged to come to the potluck, too! For more information, contact Kyle Laird at (336) 391-3250.


Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Dover, MA

Wednesday, May 20, 2015, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM EDT
Powisset Farm
Dover, MA

Learn how to attract pollinators to fields, farms, and orchards! Join Mace Vaughan, Xerces’s Pollinator Program Co-Director, for one of our popular short courses. This full-day training will provide you with the latest science-based approaches to increasing pollinator populations for improved pollination and crop production. Leave with the tools necessary to assess, create, protect, and manage habitat for these vital insects.

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Farming with Beneficial Insects: Strategies for Organic Pest Control – Kutztown, PA

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Rodale Institute
Kutztown, PA

“Conservation Biological Control” is a strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into crop systems for natural pest control. This strategy is based upon ongoing research that now demonstrates a link between the conservation of natural habitat and reduced pest problems on farms, orchards, and gardens. Kelly Gill of the Xerces Society will provide participants with the latest science-based approaches to conserving and increasing beneficial insects in farms and gardens.

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Impact of Hedgerows and Wildflower Plantings on Bees – Esparto, CA

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Hedgerows at Historic Stephen’s Ranch
Historic Oakdale Ranch
Esparto, CA

Join Jessa Kay Cruz, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Xerces Society, for a workshop on the benefits of hedgerows of California native plants in agricultural landscapes, including enhanced populations of native bees and beneficial insects on farms.

For more information, please contact Laurel Sellers, UCCE Project Manager. Click here to view the event announcement.


Bring Back the Pollinators – Omaha, NE

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 7:00 PM
Summer Solsitice Lecture
Lauritzen Gardens
Omaha, NE

Jennifer Hopwood of The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation will discuss the importance of insect pollinators, introduce the insects that provide pollination services in Nebraska, the native plants they rely on, and present straightforward actions that each and every one of us can take to protect and provide habitat for pollinators.

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NRCS and Wildlife Habitat in Urban Environments: Linking Farm, School, and Community Agriculture – Webinar

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern
Conservation of Natural Resources Webinars
Online

Join Nancy Adamson to learn how NRCS staff and partners are working in urban areas to conserve and create wildlife habitat, while at the same time protecting our watersheds and supporting agricultural production.

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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 of the Xerces Society 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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Native Meadow Tour: Buck Creek Serpentine Barrens – Cullowhee, NC

Thursday, July 16, 2015, 8:30 AM — 5:30 PM
Cullowhee Native Plant Conference
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC

Join Gary Kauffman, National Forests in North Carolina Botanist, and Nancy Adamson, pollination ecologist with the Xerces Society, 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, and Great River Greening 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 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, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, will be in attendance at the Xerces Society booth 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, 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.


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 Adamson of Xerces Society 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 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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