Events

Minnesota Organic Conference – St. Cloud, MN

January 12th, 2018
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM
River’s Edge Convention Center
St. Cloud, MN

The MN Organic Conference (January 11th – 12th) offers learning and networking opportunities for farmers, researchers, and educators both new and experienced with organic production. Join Karin Jokela of the Xerces Society for an exciting session on Farm Habitat for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects.

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Shrubs & Trees for Pollinators & Other Wildlife

January 16th, 2018
1:00 PM – 1:50 PM
Green & Growin’ Expo 2018
Greensboro, NC

The flowering shrubs and trees you plant throughout our communities add beauty, provide vital pollen, nectar, and shelter for pollinators and other wildlife, and protect our watersheds. Some can also provide income via harvested fruit or woody ornamentals. Join Nancy Adamson of the Xerces Society and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to learn ways to better support the bees and other wildlife that help ensure abundant harvests, keep our ecosystems healthy, and enrich our communities, plus ideas for showcasing stewardship for clients interested in growing green.

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Practical Farmers of Iowa Annual Conference – Ames, IA

January 18th – 20th, 2018
Iowa State University
Ames, IA

The Xerces Society is excited to be returning to this year’s PFI conference- a fantastic gathering of innovative farmers sharing their practical, profitable, and ecologically sensitive approaches to farming. Join our pollinator conservation specialists Sarah Foltz Jordan and Jennifer Hopwood for a session titled “Using Habitat to Increase Beneficial Insects on Fruit and Vegetable Farms”. Xerces will also have a booth in the exhibit hall.

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Native Beneficial Insects for Pest Control and Their Habitat Needs – Chattanooga, TN

January 19th, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Southern SAWG Annual Conference
Chattanooga, TN

Join Nancy Adamson of the Xerces Society at this year’s Southern SAWG Annual Conference, which runs Jan. 17-20. Get to know some of the common beneficial predatory and parasitoid insects that help control pests on your farm or in your garden, along with the plantings and practices that help them thrive. Nectar, pollen, protection from pesticides, and shelter for nesting are the key components of a healthy farm or garden that will help keep insect populations in balance.

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Penobscot County Local Work Group Meeting – Bangor, ME

January 23rd, 2018
10:00 AM
Penobscot County USDA Service Center
Bangor, ME

Please join Eric Venturini of the Xerces Society for a presentation titled “The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation: Pollinators”. The Local Working Group is composed of those interested in agriculture, private forests, wetlands, and wildlife within Penobscot County. The group provides information, assistance, and recommendations to the District Conservationist of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on local natural resource priorities and criteria for matters relating to the implementation and technical aspects of conservation programs funded under the USDA Farm Bill. The meeting will be hosted by the Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District. The public is encouraged to attend.

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Sound Waters University 2018 – Langley, WA

February 3rd, 2018
8:30 AM – 4:15 PM
South Whidbey High School
Langley, WA

Please join Eric Lee-Mader, Pollinator Program Co-director, for his class entitled “Hedgerow Agro-Ecology” at Sounds Waters University 2018. Sound Waters is a “one day university for all”, bringing together people passionate about life in Puget Sound. Held since the early 1990s on the first Saturday in February on Whidbey Island, WA, Sound Waters now attracts 600+ people yearly. No prior knowledge is required to attend – just an interest in learning about and taking care of this amazing place that we call home.

Sound Waters offers attendees a choice of 60 or so fun and informative classes and presentations about the natural world and the fragile environment of this special place in the Salish Sea.

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Attracting Native Pollinators: How You Can Help Bring Back the Bees – Eugene, OR

February 6th 2018
7:00 PM
Unitarian Church
Eugene, OR

Join Mace Vaughan, Pollinator Program Co-Director of the Xerces Society, as he provides an engaging summary of the challenges facing pollinators and how we can take action to make a meaningful impact. Mace will help you better understand the world of pollinators and give you new eyes with which to see the life in your backyard. Come early – space is limited! Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact: Willamette Valley Clean Water Alliance @ 541-650-3050.


Best Practices for Pollinators Summit – St. Anthony, MN

February 8th, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Silverwood Park
St. Anthony, MN

Hosted by Pollinator Friendly Alliance, this comprehensive pollinator summit is packed full of resources and innovation for improving Minnesota’s local, county and state land management practices and policies. Xerces Society’s Karin Jokela will be presenting an overview of pollinator conservation & ecology, and Sarah Foltz Jordan will be leading a session on herbicide-free weed control methods for pollinator habitat establishment. Content is geared towards state, county and local land managers, educators, conservationists and policymakers.This summit fills up, so register early!

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Bee Symposium – Cloquet, MN

February 17th, 2018
8:30 AM -3:30 PM
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Cloquet, MN

Join Pam Herou of the Xerces Society for a fascinating presentation on the diversity of native bees in MN, their habitat, threats, and how to help them thrive.

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2018 Design with Nature Annual Wild Ones Conference – St. Paul, MN

February 17th, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
James B. Woulfe Hall in Anderson Student Center
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus
St. Paul, MN

Please join Karin Jokela from the Xerces Society at this year’s Design with Nature Conference. This event features nationally-recognized speakers and offers unique insights about landscaping with native plants, habitat creation and restoration, and environmental stewardship. The Xerces Society is a partner at this conference, and Karin will have an exhibit table with publications and handouts on pollinator conservation, native seed mix design and installation, best management practices for pollinators, and more!

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MOSES Organic Farming Conference – La Crosse, WI

February 22nd – 24th, 2018
La Crosse Center
La Crosse, WI

Please join representatives from the Xerces Society at this year’s MOSES Organic Farming Conference, the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming, offering 65 workshops over 6 sessions, inspiring keynotes, engaging round-tables, and a resource-packed Exhibit Hall with over 170 vendors. Pollinator program Co-Director Eric Lee-Mader will be giving a workshop entitled “Ecological Infrastructure: How to Design for and Benefit from Nature on the Farm”. Specific details on exact time for this workshop coming soon. The Xerces Society will also have a table in the Exhibit Hall.

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Buzz about Native Bees – Santa Barbara, CA

March 3rd, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Pritzlaff Conservation Center Classroom – Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Santa Barbara, CA

From our morning coffee to the apple pie we have for dessert, one in three mouthfuls of food and drink come to us thanks to the work of bees and other pollinators. But these essential animals are at risk worldwide because of pesticide use and lack of flowers in the landscape. We’ve all heard that European honey bees are in trouble, but the more critical story is that our native bees are faring even worse. Thankfully, there is much you can do to help! This workshop will investigate the fascinating world of North America’s native bees and examine the existing threats that make the future daunting for these vital creatures. You will learn about native bees’ natural history, their importance to our natural areas and agriculture, and most importantly, the straightforward actions you can start doing today that will create lasting change in the way the urban landscape is managed and help make your home, and your community, native bee friendly.

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The Our Farms, Our Future Conference – St. Louis, MO

April 3rd – 5th, 2018
Hyatt Regency Downtown
St. Louis, MO

Please Join Eric Lee-Mader, Pollinator Program Co-Director of the Xerces Society, for his talk entitled “Pollinators, Biodiversity, and the Future of Sustainable Agriculture” on April 4th. The Our Farms, Our Future Conference is hosted by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the National Center for Appropriate Technology ATTRA program. This national event will bring together our diverse agricultural community including farmers and ranchers, agribusiness stakeholders, students, researchers, scientists, agency representatives and nonprofit leaders. This is a once-in-a-decade event!Every decade SARE hosts a conference to look at the progress of sustainability in agriculture and to understand our trajectory for the future.

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