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Xerces Events

Due to the coronavirus, we will not be holding or participating in any in-person events during the pandemic. We will resume in-person events as soon as it is safe and appropriate. In the meantime, we are committed to presenting as many events online as we can, including a new series of Xerces-hosted webinars. (Webinars will be close captioned and recordings added to our YouTube channel.)

 

The list of events on this page will be updated regularly. You can also find updates on social media and via our e-newsletter. If you have questions, please contact Liz Robertson at [email protected]

 

Please note that we are still accepting in-person speaker requests for 2021 events, although this may change depending on public health guidance. In the meantime, we can provide talks through platforms such as Zoom and Google Hangouts. Please fill out our speaker request form here. For questions regarding the speaker request form contact Rachel Dunham at [email protected]

 

September 23
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT / 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT / 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Webinar

Join Paola Olaya Arenas, a postdoctoral fellow at Institute Alexander von Humboldt, as she talks about her research on insect pests and natural enemies in Bogotá. Her work has parallels for encouraging beneficial insects in parks and gardens everywhere.

Paola was one of our DeWind Award recipients in 2016. She studied the pesticides risk exposure of monarch butterflies inhabiting agricultural land in Indiana. From her study Paola published three papers showing how milkweeds and monarchs are exposed to pesticides applied to corn and soybean and what are the consequences from this exposure for monarch adult’s oviposition and larvae feeding and development.

 

A picture of Paola Olaya Arenas, a young woman.

Paola got her bachelor’s degree from Universidad del Valle, Colombia, her master’s degree from Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras and her PhD from Purdue University. Paola is in Colombia as a postdoctoral fellow at Institute Alexander von Humboldt. This institution focuses its research on biodiversity restoration and conservation in Colombia.

This webinar will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel. Closed Captioning will be available during this webinar.

 

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September 28
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
Webinar

Join Alina Harris, Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management Specialist & NRCS Partner Biologist with The Xerces Society, this webinar hosted by NH Audubon. This series is supported by a grant through the NH Humanities Council and aims to provide a public and personal space for the examination of environmental ethics, fostering a deeper understanding of, appreciation for, and care of, our natural world. Programs are free to the public, and streamed via Zoom, YouTube, and Facebook Live.

 

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September 28
11:00 AM (PDT)
Webinar

Join Emma Pelton, Senior Endangered Species Conservation Biologist with the Xerces Society, to learn about the western monarchs’ overwintering habitat in coastal California and the unique challenges and opportunities to protect and restore the groves. Topics will include examples of how land managers, policy makers and community members can help make a difference.

 

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October 19
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
Virtual Event

The Xerces Society is cohosting the 2021 Natural Area Conference held by the Natural Areas Association.  This year's one-day virtual event, Life from the Ashes:  Exploring the Impact of Prescribed & Natural Fire on Insects and Other Invertebrates, will explore the positive and negative impacts of prescribed and natural fire related to insects and other invertebrates in landscapes across North America. The symposium will provide research and practical insights to inform natural areas professionals as they manage landscapes with fire.  Early Bird Registration is available through Wednesday, September 8, 2021.  For registration questions contact [email protected]

 

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October 20
5:30 PM - 6:45 PM (PDT)
Webinar

Join Angela Laws, Endangered Species Conservation Biologist with the Xerces Society, for this webinar hosted by the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation.  Angela will discuss the reasons that pollinators like monarchs are declining and highlight the many actions we can each take to protect monarchs and other pollinators in our communities.

 

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October 21
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT / 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT / 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Webinar

Biodiversity across the globe and throughout the tree of life is in major flux, and understanding the nature and causes of these changes is critical for developing effective conservation and management strategies. Pollinators are an especially important group to understand biodiversity change in, given the ecosystem and agricultural services that they provide, and bumblebees are a particularly important group of wild native pollinators found across North America and Europe. Over the last few decades, many species across this group have been declining, with links being made to climate change and habitat loss as the culprits. Join Peter Soroye, Conservation Biologist, to learn about his PhD research, looking at many species across multiple continents to explore how climate change has affected North America and European bumblebees over the last 120 years, and how human land use and habitat loss change that relationship.

 

Peter is a conservation biologist and PhD Student at the University of Ottawa. His PhD thesis focuses on understanding the impacts of climate change and land use change on biodiversity across the globe, with the goal of informing conservation management and policy to find more effective ways of protecting species and reversing declines of biodiversity. Peter is a passionate science communicator, and an advocate for increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM. Read more about Peter and his work at petersoroye.com.

 


This webinar will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel. Closed Captioning will be available during this webinar.

 

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November 11
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT / 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT / 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Webinar

 

Join Matt Forister, Professor of Biology and Insect Ecology at the University of Nevada, as he explores data from different long term sources on western butterfly species and habitats and an overview of threats in the west.

 

Matt Forister is a professor of biology and insect ecology in the Biology Department at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has studied butterflies and other insects in the western US for the last 20 years, and has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters on issues that include insects adapting to exotic plants and butterflies responding to a changing climate. One of the main concerns for Forister and his graduate students is the collection of data at sites in the Sierra Nevada that have been studied for almost 50 years, a project originally started by Art Shapiro of UC Davis.

 



This webinar will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel. Closed Captioning will be available during this webinar.

 

Click here for more information and to register.