Events

Cullowhee Native Plant Conference – Cullowhee, NC

July 20th, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Southern Appalachian Native Meadows – Cullowhee Native Plant Conference
Cullowhee, NC

Join Gary Kauffman, National Forest in North Carolina Botanist, and Nancy Adamson, Xerces Society Ecologist, 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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Monarch and Milkweed Conservation in the West – Durango, CO

July 25th – 26th, 2018
Fort Lewis College & Animas River Wetlands
Durango, CO

Join Candace Fallon, Senior Conservation Biologist with the Xerces Society, and the Southwest Monarch Study for a workshop to learn more about western monarchs, milkweed, and how you can get involved in current conservation efforts. The workshop will be broken into two sessions: an evening classroom session at Fort Lewis College followed by a morning field session along the Animas River. During the field session, we will search milkweeds for adult and immature monarchs, practice tagging and data collection, and tie in lessons learned from the classroom.

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Learning to See: Supporting the Insects that Make Our Farm & Garden Work – Mills River, NC

July 28th, 2018
9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Mills River Educational Farm
Mills River, NC

Learn all about pollinators- BEYOND honeybees! This workshop will explore the many native bees, predatory wasps, beetles, flies, butterflies, and moths that are vital to healthy farm systems, and the direct practices of farmscaping that can be practiced in order to support their populations. Nancy Lee Adamson, with the Xerces Society, together with Brannen Basham from Spriggly’s Beescaping and Living Web Farms’ own Patryk Battle will introduce participants to a host of beneficial bugs and their preferred habitats, and then take the class on a farm walk to see life in action. Attendees will leave with inspiration at the wondrous workings of nature, as well as the knowledge and confidence to set up farmscaping on their own properties.

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Introduction to Oregon’s Native Freshwater Mussels – Yachats, OR

July 28th, 2018
10:00 AM
Cape Perpetua Visitor Center
Yachats, OR

Freshwater mussels are experiencing a dramatic decline; 72% percent of North American freshwater mussels are considered extinct or imperiled. Join Emilie Blevins, Endangered Species Conservation Biologist and Freshwater Mussel Lead for the Xerces Society, for an introduction to western freshwater mussel biology and life history, their current status and conservation needs. An aquatic corridor BioBlitz will follow presentation. Participants will conduct surveys of nearby creeks in an effort to catalogue fresh water mussels.

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Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas Training – La Grande, OR

July 29th, 2018
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
USFS La Grande Ranger District Office
La Grande, OR

Join Rich Hatfield, Senior Conservation Biologist with the Xerces Society, us in a collaborative effort to track and conserve the bumble bees of the Pacific Northwest through this hands-on training event. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State University, and the Xerces Society have collaborated to launch a citizen science project to better understand the status of our native bumble bees. Learn about bumble bees, their conservation status, and how to participate in the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas during this half-day training. With your help, we can create an army of trained volunteers equipped with cameras and vials, and collect bumble bee data throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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Pollinator Conservation Training – Chanute, KS

July 31, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Lil’ Toledo Lodge
Chanute, KS

Join Ray Moranz, Grazing Lands Pollinator Ecologist at the Xerces Society, for this full day training on Pollinator Conservation. Participants will learn the latest science-based approaches to reversing the trend of pollinator declines and will be provided with the tools necessary to protect and manage habitat for these vital insects.

For more information and to register, please contact Stephanie Royer: 785-222-2615 ext. 101


Pollinator Conservation Training – Lawrence, KS

August 1st, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Baker Wetlands Discovery Center
Lawrence, KS

Join Ray Moranz, Grazing Lands Pollinator Ecologist at the Xerces Society, for this full day training on Pollinator Conservation. Participants will learn the latest science-based approaches to reversing the trend of pollinator declines and will be provided with the tools necessary to protect and manage habitat for these vital insects.

For more information and to register, please contact Stephanie Royer: 785-222-2615 ext. 101


Farming with Native Beneficial Insects – Hopkinsville, KY

August 9th, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Jeffers Bend Environmental Center
Hopkinsville, KY

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, Conservation Biocontrol 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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Field Day: Planning and Installing Beneficial Insect Habitat – Grinnell, IA

August 10th, 2018
12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Grinnell Heritage Farm
Grinnell, IA

Join Sarah Foltz Jordan, Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, for a fun and information-packed field day highlighting the wide variety of habitat features that benefit insects on Grinnell Heritage Farm. This is the first of a new series of field days that Xerces is offering in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, and we can’t wait! The event will end with a hike at a local native prairie, and free wood-fired pizza back on the farm.

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RSVP for meal to: Debra Boekholder, debra@practicalfarmers.org, (515) 232-5661, by August 6th.


Pollinator Habitat Planning for Farmers and Landowners – Edgerton, WI

August 14th, 2018
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Edgerton Library
Edgerton, WI

Taught by Karin Jokela of the Xerces Society along with local guest speakers, this workshop will provide a crash course in basic bee field identification, pollinator biology and habitat requirements, habitat restoration, bee-friendly farm management practices, and federal programs that help to create pollinator habitat on farms. This is a comprehensive one-day training tailored to farmers, landowners, crop consultants, Extension agents, NRCS personnel, and others interested in pollinator conservation. Morning classroom session followed by an afternoon, on-farm demonstration session that includes interactive discussion of specific needs of participants. Technical & financial assistance resources provided.

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Good Bugs: Farming with Native Beneficial Insects for Pest Control – Larimore, ND

August 15th, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Larimore Recreation Area
Larimore, ND

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 Jennifer Hopwood, Senior Pollinator Conservation 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.

Click here for more information and to register. Contact Lena Bohm (lena.bohm@nd.usda.gov) with questions.


Good Bugs: Farming with Native Beneficial Insects for Pest Control – Carrington, ND

August 16th, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
North Dakota State University Extension Center
Carrington, ND

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 Jennifer Hopwood, Senior Pollinator Conservation 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.

Click here for more information and to register. Contact Lena Bohm (lena.bohm@nd.usda.gov) with questions.


Be Friendly to Bees Day – Greensboro, NC

August 18th, 2018
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Demonstration Garden at the Guilford County Cooperative Extension
Greensboro, NC

Join Nancy Adamson of Xerces Society, Guilford County Master Gardeners and Beekeepers, and a host of other groups for a fun-filled day with activities for kids, food for everyone, and lots of chances to learn more about native bees, honey bees, butterflies, and many other pollinators and plants. Find live black swallowtail butterfly caterpillars on the fennel, parsley, and dill in the garden! Learn how to make a native Bee&Bee!

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Homestead Gardens’ 2018 Bee City USA Speaker Series – Severna Park, MD

August 19, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Homestead Gardens
Severna Park, MD

Join Phyllis Stiles, Founder & Pollinator Champion for Bee City USA, An Initiative of the Xerces Society, to learn how Bee City USA can mobilize your community for pollinator conservation and how gardeners can transform ornamental landscapes to help reverse pollinator declines.

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Xerces Society & WFAN Pollinator Field Day

August 21st, 2018
10:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Two Saints Winery & Rabinowitz Family Farms
St. Charles, IA

Join representatives from Xerces and the Women, Food & Ag Network for a women’s only field day, including hands-on demonstration and discussion about installing native plantings for pollinators and beneficial insects in agricultural areas. Activities include group discussions, learning circle, and a farm visit.

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What Do Bees Need? Planting for Pollinators – Ridgefield, CT

August 22nd, 2018
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Ridgefield Library
Ridgefield, CT

Join Emily May from The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation to learn about the diversity of native pollinators in Connecticut 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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Farming with Native Beneficial Insects – Greensboro, NC

August 22nd, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering Auditorium
Greensboro, NC

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 Nancy Lee Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation 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.

Click here for more information and to register.


Farming with Native Beneficial Insects – Goldsboro, NC

August 29th, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
NRCS Goldsboro Field Office
Goldsboro, NC

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 Nancy Lee Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation 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.

Click here for more information and to register.


Pollinator Habitat Planning for Farmers and Landowners – Evansville, WI

August 30th, 2018
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Cooksville Community Center
Evansville, WI

Taught by Karin Jokela of the Xerces Society along with local guest speakers, this workshop will provide a crash course in basic bee field identification, pollinator biology and habitat requirements, habitat restoration, bee-friendly farm management practices, and federal programs that help to create pollinator habitat on farms. This is a comprehensive one-day training tailored to farmers, landowners, crop consultants, Extension agents, NRCS personnel, and others interested in pollinator conservation. Morning classroom session followed by an afternoon, on-farm demonstration session that includes interactive discussion of specific needs of participants. Technical & financial assistance resources provided.

Click here for more information and to register.


Farming with Native Beneficial Insects – Morganton, NC

September 6th, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Burke County Agricultural Building
Morganton, NC

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 Nancy Lee Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation 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.

Click here for more information and to register.


Bugfest – Raleigh, NC

September 15th, 2018
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Raleigh, NC

Visit Nancy Adamson of Xerces Society at her exhibit table and about 35,000 visitors at BugFest to experience over 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities. North Carolina’s Museum of Natural Sciences provides an interactive day with entomologists and other scientists, and lots of ways to learn about the fascinating world of bugs. You can even visit Café Insecta to sample buggy dishes prepared by local chefs. Free and everyone is welcome!

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Haywood County Beekeepers Monthly Meeting – Waynesville, NC

October 2nd, 2018
7:00 PM
Haywood County Cooperative Extension
Waynesville, NC

Join Phyllis Stiles, Founder & Pollinator Champion for Bee City USA, An Initiative of the Xerces Society, for a talk about the Bee City USA Program.

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