Events

Xerces Ambassadors: TREEmendous Second Saturday – Portland, OR

October 12th, 2019
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
World Forestry Center
Portland, OR

Join Xerces Ambassadors to discover the pollinators of Oregon! Learn how to identify bees that can be found in your backyard and find out how to get involved in community science.

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Xerces Ambassadors: Animals on the Bay Day – San Diego, CA

October 13th, 2019
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Living Coast Discovery Center
San Diego, CA

Join Xerces Ambassadors to discover the invertebrates of the bay! Learn how to identify an invertebrate, find out what pollinators live in your backyard, and find out how to get involved in community science.

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Bringing Back the Pollinators: How Farmers, Gardeners, Cities, and Schools Can Join the Global Effort to Save Biodiversity – Saratoga Springs, NY

October 15th, 2019
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Skidmore College – Filene Auditorium
Saratoga Springs, NY

Join Mace Vaughan, Co-Director of the Pollinator Program at the Xerces Society, for his keynote address to the college of Environmental Studies & Sciences at Skidmore. Mace will discuss the recent history of pollinator conservation in the U.S., the wonderful and diverse ways we can incorporate pollinator habitat into our urban, suburban and rural landscapes, and how Xerces’ national programs are being implemented on a local level to protect pollinators.

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Bees and Blueberries: Where Does It Go From Here – Machias, ME

October 16th, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
UMM Science Building, Room 102
Machias, ME

Join Eric Venturini, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservationist and NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, for his presentation of the seventh annual Roque Island Lecture on Environmental Conservation at the University of Maine at Machias. First managed by the Wabanaki people, wild blueberries are important to Maine’s culture and economy. Eric will discuss the future of blueberry cultivation in Maine amid growing concerns over declining native bee populations and a recent drop in market prices.

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Bee-loved Plantings for Pollination & Pest Management – Pembroke, NC

October 17th, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
UNCP Thomas Center HUB
Pembroke, NC

Join Nancy Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, to learn how plantings for pollinators also support other beneficial insects that help reduce crop pests, other wildlife, and keep our watersheds healthy. This presentation will highlight common pollinators and other agriculturally beneficial insects, plantings that provide pollen, nectar, and shelter, and ways to improve habitat management through the year. We will also learn about pollinator related work at UNC Pembroke.

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Women in Sustainable Agriculture (WISA) Conference – St. Paul, MN

October 17th – 19th, 2019
InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel
St. Paul, MN

Join Sarah Foltz Jordan and Karin Jokela of the Xerces Society at the Women in Sustainable Agriculture Conference to connect with people from across the country who work in sustainable ag to exchange ideas, find new resources, and network. Be sure to visit the Xerces booth to pick up our latest resources and explore ideas for pollinator conservation on your farm with Sarah and Karin.

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Cover Crops, Soil Health, and Pollinators Field Day – Isanti, MN

October 17th, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Medvecky Farm
Isanti, MN

Join Sarah Foltz Jordan, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, at this workshop to learn about interseeding cover crops in corn, soil health, pollinator conservation and more. Farmers Dave and Bev will explain the process of implementing their conservation practices. Sarah will cover a variety of ways farmers can increase pollinator habitat. Isanti SWCD and NRCS will discuss soil health practices and funding opportunities for conservation practices. There’s something for everyone at this exciting and informational event!

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Jewels of the Night: Conservation of Fireflies in the U.S. and Canada – Webinar

October 22nd, 2019
2:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Webinar

Join Candace Fallon, Senior Conservation Biologist with the Xerces Scoiety, for this webinar about the fireflies of the U.S. and Canada. Topics include firefly ecology and life history needs, population status and threats, value for farm management, and recommendations for their conservation. Participants will learn the status of the U.S. and Canada’s 170 species of fireflies, the threats they face, how they benefit farms and watersheds, and the role that land managers can play in supporting healthy firefly communities. Pre-registration not required.

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2019 South Carolina Statewide Master Gardener Conference – Columbia, SC

October 24th, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
River Center at Saluda Shoals Park
Columbia, SC

Join Larry Mellichamp, Emeritus Professor, UNC Charlotte and author of Native Plants of the Southeast, Nancy Lee Adamson of Xerces Society and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Matt Johnson and Jennifer Tyrrell of SC Audubon, Rick Huffman of Earth Design, Inc., Thomas Dobbins, Clemson Cooperative Extension, and Katie Ellis of SC Native Plant Society for a day focused on gardening with native plants. With Nancy, learn how planting for pollinators benefits us and other wildlife. She will highlight some of the more than 500 native bees in South Carolina, their importance in local food production and their connections to our native plants, wildlife, and watershed health. She’ll also share resources for better supporting diverse pollinators and other insects like predatory wasps (that reduce garden pest populations) by providing pollen, nectar, and shelter through the year. Registration for the conference is required.

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Farmscaping for Pollinators, Pest Management and Additional Income – Durham, NC

November 2nd, 2019
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center
Durham, NC

Join Nancy Lee Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist at the Xerces Society, and Rafael Vega, USDA-NRCS, for this workshop at the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Sustainable Agriculture Conference. They will highlight ways to promote pollinators by adding diversity to plant mixes and using integrated pest management. The National Organic Program regulations require certified organic operations to maintain or improve the natural resources of the operation, including soil, water quality, and biodiversity. Nancy and Rafael will discuss all of these elements and practices as well as how to incorporate them into your organic and small-scale operation. This presentation is followed by Organic Site Prep and Soil Health for small-scale and organic production, with soil health demonstrations, by Nathan Lowder, USDA-NRCS.

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Planting for Pollination & Pest Management – Blackshear, GA

November 4th, 2019
NRCS Blackshear Office
Blackshear, GA

Join Keren Giovengo of UGA Ecoscapes, Jason Schmidt of UGA Entomology Department, Catherine Magee of GA NRCS, and Nancy Lee Adamson of Xerces Society for a morning program on planting for pollinators, predators, and parasitoids that support farm production. After lunch, we will visit the Bell Blueberry Farm.

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The Organic Farming Conference – Mt. Hope, OH

November 7th – 8th, 2019
Mt. Hope Event Center
Mt. Hope, OH

Join Stephanie Frischie, Agronomist and Native Plant Materials Specialist with the Xerces Society, for The Organic Farming Conference, where she will deliver the keynote presentation on pollinators.

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Grow Native! Workshop – Columbia, MO

November 9th, 2019
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Mizzou Bradford Farm
Columbia, MO

Join Sarah Nizzi, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner and NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, for this informative workshop that is intended for row crop farmers, livestock producers, recreational landowners, and anyone else interested in the many benefits that native plants offer farms and recreational land. Learn from five excellent speakers, including Sarah, on how incorporating natives into agricultural practices and land for recreational uses can benefit farm revenues, livestock health, pollinators, soil health, water quality, and more. The workshop will also feature information on specific NRCS cost-share programs to which attendees may apply to help offset the cost of incorporating natives into their agricultural or land management practices, and a session on invasive plant control.

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The Plant Pollinator Partnership – Wilmington, DE

November 14th, 2019
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Delaware Center for Horticulture
Wilmington, DE

Join Kelly Gill, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, at the Ecological Landscape Alliance Mid-Atlantic Conference to learn more about the habitat needs of pollinators and how to use that knowledge to make planting decisions that support pollinators. Kelly will deliver a talk titled “In Support of Pollinators: Native Plants Throughout the Landscape.”

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Pollinator Conservation in Agricultural Landscapes – Puyallup, WA

November 19th, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center
Puyallup, WA

Join Eric Lee-Mader, Pollinator Program Co-Director with the Xerces Soceity, and Corin Pease, Pollinator Conservation Planner with the Xerces Society, for this full day workshop. This course will focus on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators and beneficial insects in agricultural landscapes. This course will provide an overview of the farm practices that support pollinators and beneficial insects, such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators.

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Flowers Are Bee-Loved – Rocky Mount, NC

November 19th, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (Includes potluck dinner)
East Carolina Agricultural & Education Center
Rocky Mount, NC

Join Phyllis Stiles, pollinator champion and Bee City USA founder at the Xerces Society, to learn about the plant and pollinator love affair that supports the reproduction of nearly ninety percent of the world’s flowering plant species. Responsible for 1 in 3 bites we eat, hundreds of thousands of species of bees, butterflies, bats, beetles, wasps, moths, birds, and flies have co-evolved with plants for their mutual benefit. With special emphasis on native bees, Stiles will explain why pollinators are declining and how each of us can help reverse those trends.

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