Events

Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas Training – Portland, OR

May 26th, 2019
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Oregon Zoo
Portland, OR

Join us for this full-day training lead by Rich Hatfield, Senior Conservation Biologist at the Xerces Society, to learn about bumble bees, their conservation status, and how to participate in the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas. This training is provided for anyone who has a curiosity for bumble bees and flowers, and an interest in contributing to an important citizen science project to provide a better understanding of the status of native bumble bees in the Pacific Northwest. Please join this project and help collect critical information on Pacific Northwest bumble bees. With your help, we can create an army of trained volunteers equipped with cameras and vials, and collect bumble bee data throughout our region.

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North American Prairie Conference – Houston, TX

June 2nd – 5th, 2019
University of Houston-Clear Lake
Houston, TX

The 2019 North American Prairie Conference will draw some of the brightest minds in prairie conservation, restoration, education, and communications from Texas, the Southeast, and the Midwest. Join Rae Powers, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner & NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, for her presentation on rangeland management for pollinators, and be sure to stop by the Xerces booth for information on prairie habitat and pollinator conservation.

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Adirondack Pollinator Symposium – North Creek, NY

June 5th, 2019
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tannery Pond Community Center
North Creek, NY

New this year, this summit includes a variety of cutting-edge topics for conservation practitioners, including organic site prep for pollinator habitat restoration presented by Sarah Foltz Jordan, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society.

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Diverse Native Hedgerow Exhibit at Small Farms Field Day – Greensboro, NC

June 6th, 2019
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
University Farm at NC A&T
Greensboro, NC

Join Nancy Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, for Small Farms Field Day, an annual free event hosted by Cooperative Extension at North Carolina A&T State University that showcases ongoing agricultural research and demonstration projects. The projects focus on sustainable agricultural practices that help small- and limited-resource farmers make more profits. Visit Nancy at the exhibit area to learn about the diverse native hedgerow designed to support pollination and pest management while also reducing wind on the Organic Unit of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s Research Farm.

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Rome Floyd Beekeepers Meeting – Rome, GA

June 6th, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Rome-Floyd ECO Center
Rome, GA

Join Phyllis Stiles, Bee City USA Founder and Pollinator Champion of the Xerces Society, as she speaks to the importance of all pollinators and what beekeepers can do to help reverse their decline.

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Duluth Monarch Festival – Duluth, MN

June 8th, 2019
10:00 AM- 2:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
Duluth, MN

Join Sarah Foltz Jordan, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, at this local festival for a large dose of kid-friendly, monarch-themed fun! The event will include speakers, vendors, milkweed and pollinator plants for sale, face painting and crafts for kids, food trucks, and more.

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Workshop for Women Owning Woodlands: Managing for Pollinator & Native Species – Waynesville, NC

June 13th, 2019
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Mountain Research Station
Waynesville, NC

Join other women landowners and land management professionals to grow your network and learn about the importance of pollinators and other insects, creating and enhancing habitat, and financial and technical assistance programs. Speakers include Nancy Lee Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society; Jill Sidebottom, Laurel Kays, Jennifer Fawcett, and Renee Strnad of NC State Extension; and Katie Bean of NC State DELTA (Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications).

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June 13th, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Roger County Building
Claremore, OK

Join Ray Moranz, Grazing Lands Pollinator Ecologist and NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, for this all-day workshop designed to help you learn how to bring more pollinators to your property. Ray will deliver presentations on pollinator biology, pollinator gardening, and conserving pollinators on farms. The event, hosted by OSU Extension – Rogers County, is free and open to the public. Lunch is provided.

Click here for more information. To RSVP, please call John Haase at 918-923-4958.


Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas Training – Puyallup, WA

June 15th, 2019
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center
Puyallup, WA

Join us for this full-day training lead by Rich Hatfield, Senior Conservation Biologist at the Xerces Society, to learn about bumble bees, their conservation status, and how to participate in the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas. This training is provided for anyone who has a curiosity for bumble bees and flowers, and an interest in contributing to an important citizen science project to provide a better understanding of the status of native bumble bees in the Pacific Northwest. Please join this project and help collect critical information on Pacific Northwest bumble bees. With your help, we can create an army of trained volunteers equipped with cameras and vials, and collect bumble bee data throughout our region.

This course is currently full. To be placed on the waitlist, please email lauren.richey@xerces.org.

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Planting for Pollinators: Conserving Native Pollinators in Towns and Cities – Alburquerque, NM

June 15th, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
Alburquerque, NM

Join Xerces staff and partners for this workshop that will open a window into the fascinating world of North America’s native bees and butterflies, introduce you to what they need, and examine the threats that make the future daunting for them. You will learn about native bee and other insect natural history, their importance to our environment and food supply, and most importantly, the straightforward steps you can take to create lasting change in our urban landscapes to better support bees and other wildlife in your community.

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Insect Apocalypse? What Is Really Happening, Why It Matters and How Natural Area Managers Can Help – Webinar

June 18th, 2019
12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Webinar

Join Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society, for this webinar hosted by the Natural Areas Association, where he’ll explain the latest science on insect declines and highlight important ways natural areas managers can incorporate invertebrate conservation into their land management portfolio. Though they are indisputably the most important creatures on earth, invertebrates are in trouble. Recent regional reports and trends in biomonitoring suggest that insects are experiencing a multi continental crisis evident as reductions in abundance, diversity and biomass. Given the centrality of insects to terrestrial and freshwater aquatic ecosystems and the food chain that supports humans, the potential importance of this crisis cannot be overstated. If we hope to stem the losses of insect diversity and the services they provide, society must take steps at all levels to protect, restore and enhance habitat for insects across landscapes, from wildlands to farmlands to urban cores. Protecting and managing existing habitat is an essential step as natural areas can act as reservoirs for invertebrate diversity.

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Pollinators on the Plaza – Lincoln, NE

June 19th, 2019
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Union Plaza
Lincoln, NE

Join Rae Powers, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner with the Xerces Society, in celebrating National Pollinator Week with the family by learning all about the wonderful world of pollinators. This free event will have lots of fun and creative activities for all ages. Be sure to swing by the Xerces table for information and activities on pollinator conservation. This event will be cohosted by Lincoln Parks and Recreation and the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, UNL Bee Lab.

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How to Support Native Bees on Cape Cod – Mashpee, MA

June 20th, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Mashpee Library
64 Steeple St. Mashpee MA 02649

Join Emily May, Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, to learn about the diversity of native pollinators on Cape Cod and how you can help protect these important insects. The presentation will cover how to recognize native bees, intro to native bee biology and habitat needs, planting for pollinators, and how to make your yard or garden a sanctuary for bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.

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Planting for Pollinators: Conserving Native Pollinators in Towns and Cities – Athens, GA

June 21st, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Athens, GA

Join Xerces staff and partners for this workshop that will open a window into the fascinating world of North America’s native bees and butterflies, introduce you to what they need, and examine the threats that make the future daunting for them. You will learn about native bee and other insect natural history, their importance to our environment and food supply, and most importantly, the straightforward steps you can take to create lasting change in our urban landscapes to better support bees and other wildlife in your community.

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Grow Native! Workshop – Albany, MO

June 21st, 2019
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Hundley-Whaley Research Center
Albany, MO

Join Sarah Nizzi, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner and NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, for this workshop intended for row crop farmers, livestock producers, recreational landowners, and anyone else interested in the many benefits that native plants offer to farms and recreational land. Five experts will present information on how native plants provide benefits to farm revenues, livestock health, pollinators, wildlife, soil health, water quality, and more. Sarah’s presentation will explore the many ways to improve pollinator habitat on farms.

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Xerces Ambassadors: Dancing Oaks Pollinator Festival – Monmouth, OR

June 22nd, 2019
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Dancing Oaks Nursery & Gardens
Monmouth, OR

Join Xerces Ambassadors for the Dancing Oaks Pollinator Festival that will include local food & music, educational activities for kids and grown-ups, and featured pollinator-friendly plants for sale & giveaway during the day.

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Planting for Pollinators: Conserving Native Pollinators in Towns and Cities – Atlanta, GA

June 22nd, 2019
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
Atlanta, GA

Join Xerces staff and partners for this workshop that will open a window into the fascinating world of North America’s native bees and butterflies, introduce you to what they need, and examine the threats that make the future daunting for them. You will learn about native bee and other insect natural history, their importance to our environment and food supply, and most importantly, the straightforward steps you can take to create lasting change in our urban landscapes to better support bees and other wildlife in your community.

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Pollinator Fest – Ames, IA

June 22nd, 2019
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Reiman Gardens
Ames, IA

Join Sarah Nizzi, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner and NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, for Pollinator Fest at Reiman Gardens as part of Pollinator Week. Admission to this event is free.

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Bumble Bee Field Trip – British Columbia, Canada

June 22nd, 2019
Okanogan Highlands
British Columbia, Canada

Join Rich Hatfield, Senior Conservation Biologist with the Xerces Society, for a hike in the Okanogan Highlands. Rich will share information about the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas, how to participate, and the value that the project will have to the Okanogan Highlands area, both locally, and more regionally. The group will conduct a point survey at Lost Lake to help determine the number of bumble bee species living there, along with a rapid habitat survey. This field trip will connect the community with native bumble bees and other pollinators and the contributions they make. The event will provide inspiration and a user-friendly method of getting involved in citizen science to make positive strides toward effective conservation.

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Western Apicultural Society Conference – Ashland, OR

July 12th – 14th, 2019
Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites Convention Center
Ashland, OR

Join Kathryn Prince, Pollinator Conservation Planner & NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, for the Western Apicultural Society Conference. The weekend long conference will be a mix of dynamic keynote talks, workshops built on the themes of art, beekeeping, social media and marketing, bee habitat conservation, education, native bees, and global research. On Saturday, July 13th, Kathryn will be giving a 90 minute talk on native bees and how to design bee habitat on farms.

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Blue Ridge Native Meadows at the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference – Cullowhee, NC

July 17th, 2019
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC

Join botanist Gary Kauffman with the National Forest in North Carolina, and Nancy Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, for a day visiting grassland communities along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Grass communities host diverse wildflowers and pollinators. They are a vital part of Appalachian plant communities–in open balds or wetlands or in areas periodically disturbed with tree fall, mowing, or fire, and in shady understory communities. We will visit a variety of sites, learn some of the rare species that are common in the highlands and some common species you might see in other parts of the region, talk about how communities thrive over time, plus enjoy other magnificent flora, fauna, and geology of the Southern Appalachians.

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Southern Appalachian Native Meadows at the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference – Cullowhee, NC

July 19th, 2019
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC

Join botanist Gary Kauffman with the National Forest in North Carolina, and Nancy Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, for a hands-on native grasses workshop highlighting natural communities that inspire ecological landscaping. We’ll see where grass communities and their diverse wildflowers and pollinators are more common and why, touch on native grassland establishment and long term maintenance, and help identify species using keys.

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Connecting the Dots for Pollinator Conservation: Wildflower Meadows and Pollinator Habitat – Durham, NH

July 30th, 2019
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Woodman Research Farm
Durham, NH

Join Mace Vaughan, Pollinator Program Co-Director with the Xerces Society, for this field day at Woodman Research Farm. The event will include a presentation by Mace, a research field tour, and updates on the NH Pollinator Plan, the 2019 Bee Bill, cost share programs and other efforts to conserve and protect pollinators at the local, state, and national levels. Mace will discuss the growing number of efforts by which citizens, farmers, gardeners, researchers, and others are banding together to turn around the decline in pollinators. There is no charge for attending this event.

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Bugfest – Raleigh, NC

September 21st, 2019
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Raleigh, NC

Join Phyllis Stiles, Bee city USA Founder and Pollinator Champion with the Xerces Society, and Nancy Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, along with about 30,000 bug-loving friends for a Raleigh tradition! Phyllis and Nancy will host a kid-friendly table about pollinators. North Carolina’s Museum of Natural Sciences hosts over 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities. Meet entomologists and other scientists and learn about the fascinating world of bugs. You can visit Café Insecta to sample buggy dishes prepared by local chefs. Free and everyone is welcome!

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