Events

Cool Season Cover Crops Field Day – Lockeford, CA

March 21st, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Lockeford Plant Materials Center
Lockeford, CA

Join Jessa Kay-Cruz, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, for this field day on cool season cover crops. The benefits of cover crops include nitrogen accumulation and retention, enhanced nutrient cycling as microbial populations increase, weed suppression and pollinator and beneficial insect habitat. Use of cover crops over time will increase soil organic matter and improve soil health, increase rainfall infiltration and soil water holding capacity, reduce soil compaction and erosion. Economic benefits can include a reduction in inputs of fertilizer, pesticides and number of irrigations required. All are welcome. There is no registration for this event, but we request that you email Shawn.Vue@ca.usda.gov if you plan to attend.

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Cover Crops Workshop – Mentone, CA

March 27th, 2019
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Citrus Grove
Mentone, CA

Join Kathryn Prince, Pollinator Conservation Planner & NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, for this cover crops workshop. Topics will include a basic introduction to cover crops, cover crop varieties, how to use cover crops to increase pollinators and control aphids, and ow to maintain and terminate cover crops.

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Migrating Through Change – Belmont, CA

March 29th, 2019
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Belmont Library
Belmont, CA

Join Angela Laws, Monarch and Pollinator Ecologist with the Xerces Society, for this conference that will explore how five major migrations that touch San Mateo County are being impacting by climate change, human behaviors and technology. Learn how simple steps that you can take will help preserve these migratory routes. Registration & Breakfast at 8:30 am, program begins at 9:00 am. Seating is limited.

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2019 Day of Insects – Ames, IA

March 30th, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Reiman Gardens
Ames, IA

The Annual Day of Insects brings together professionals, academics, advocates and enthusiasts of all levels from across the country to explore and celebrate entomology (the study of insects). Topics often include insects native to Iowa, exotic insects, endangered insects, conservation efforts and new educational programs aimed at advancing the appreciation of all invertebrates. Be sure to stop by the Xerces Society table to chat with Sarah Nizzi, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner and NRCS Partner Biologist with Xerces. Registration closes on March 25th.

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Newtown Pollinator Kickoff – Newtown, CT

April 7th, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Booth Library
Newtown, CT

Join Emily May, Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, for her presentation titled “What Do Bees Need? Pollinator Conservation in Your Yard” as part of the Newtown Pollinator Kickoff event. This event is in support of the Connecticut Pollinator Pathway, and is free and open to the public.

For more information, email propollinators@gmail.com.


ABAMA Annual Conference – Portland, OR

April 8th, 10th, and 12th, 2019
(Full Conference April 7th – 12th)
Benson Hotel
Portland, OR

Join Xerces staff and ambassadors at the Animal Behavior Management Alliance Annual Conference at the Oregon Zoo. Be sure to stop by the Xerces table on April 8th, 10th, and 12th to learn all about native pollinators! Please note that the full conference runs from April 7th – April 12th.

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Nature Inspired Design – Portland, OR

April 10th, 2019
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
NE Portland, OR

Join Laura Rost of the Xerces Society for this Design Week Event in Northeast Portland hosted by Poppy & Finch. The event will take place at their botanical design studio and educational garden, where they connect people to the beauty and purpose of native plants through one-of-a-kind living center-pieces, hands-on workshops and educational gifts for home and garden. Xerces and Echo Valley Natives will be present with pollinator games, specimens, trivia, and a selection of native plants.

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Society for Ecological Restoration: Midwest-Great Lakes Annual Meeting – Pella, IA

April 11th – 14th, 2019
Central College
Pella, IA

Join Xerces Society staff for this three day meeting that will explore innovative restoration connections to meet future challenges. Sarah Foltz Jordan, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with Xerces, will be presenting at the plenary session on Pollinator Habitat Restoration at Multiple Spatial Scales. In addition, Sarah and Sarah Nizzi, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner and NRCS Partner Biologist with Xerces, will be leading a workshop on organic habitat restoration strategies.

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Xerces Ambassadors: 2019 Earth Day Fest at Salmon Creek Regional Park – Vancouver, WA

April 20th, 2019
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Salmon Creek Regional Park
Vancouver, WA

Join Xerces Ambassadors and staff at the Earth Day Fest hosted in partnership by Clark Public Utilities StreamTeam and Clark County Public Works. Hundreds of volunteers will be on site planting native trees and pulling weeds followed by an entertaining and educational Earth Day fair that is free and open to the public. The fair features hands-on games, raffle prizes, OMSI activities, Watershed Reflections art contest, interactive storytelling and even amphibians and reptiles! Volunteers must register in advance and will receive morning snacks, a T-shirt and lunch.

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Earth Day 5K Bee Run / Walk / River Cleanup – Minneapolis, MN

April 20th, 2019
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Mill City Running
Minneapolis, MN

Bee with us for a family-friendly 5k run/walk along the Mississippi River to celebrate Earth Day. Following the race, take part in an organized river cleanup, learn about efforts to protect pollinators with Karin Jokela from the Xerces Society, and enjoy live music, entertainment, and Earth Day festivities. Bee costumes encouraged, with prizes for the best!

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Xerces Ambassadors: Home and Garden Idea Fair at Clark County Fairgrounds – Ridgefield, WA

April 26th – 28th, 2019
9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
(10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Sunday)
Clark County Fairgrounds
Ridgefield, WA

Join Xerces Ambassadors and staff at the Home and Garden Idea Fair to learn about local bees and how to help pollinators in your community. There will be information about the Xerces Society and crafts for kids.

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12th Annual CNGA Field Day at Hedgerow Farms – Winters, CA

April 26th, 2019
8:45 AM – 4:00 PM
Hedgerow Farms
Winters, CA

Join Kathryn Prince, Pollinator Conservation Planner & NRCS Parnter Biologist with the Xerces Society, for a day of field tours, expert talks, networking, and beautiful scenery at Hedgerow Farms in partnership with the California Native Grasslands Association. Morning refreshments begin at 8:00 AM. Space is limited, register soon!

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Xerces Ambassadors: Washington County Master Gardeners Plant Sale at PCC Rock Creek Campus – Portland, OR

April 27th, 2019
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
PCC Rock Creek Campus
Portland, OR

Look through a variety of plants and join the Xerces Ambassadors to learn about the diversity of bees in Portland and get tips on how to help pollinators in your garden.

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Xerces Ambassadors: Party for the Planet at the Oregon Zoo – Portland, OR

April 27th, 2019
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Oregon Zoo
Portland, OR

Join Xerces Ambassadors to celebrate wildlife everywhere and party for the planet! Explore the Oregon Zoo and stop by the Xerces table to learn about local pollinators and participate in fun activities and crafts for kids! Free with zoo admission.

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Pollinators in New Hampshire: Who’s Who, How Are They Faring and How You Can Help – Concord, NH

April 27th, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
McLane Center
Concord, NH

Join Eric Venturini, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservationist and NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, for this event where he’ll introduce participants to the astounding diversity of New Hampshire native bees by going outside, catching them, and learning who they are and what they do. The indoor portion of the program will focus on the importance of pollinators and the latest updates on their conservation status in the region. Did you know that a federally endangered bumble bee species used to call New Hampshire home? There will be an opportunity to ask questions, participate in a lively discussion, and go home with practical ideas on how to engage in pollinator conservation.

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Nesting and Overwintering Habitat for Bees – Maplewood, MN

April 27th, 2019
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Maplewood Nature Center
Maplewood, MN

Nesting habitat is a critical yet often over-looked factor impacting native bee populations. This popular workshop lead by Sarah Foltz Jordan (Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with The Xerces Society) and Colleen Satyshur (University of MN) will provide practical approaches to create and manage nesting and overwintering habitat features for bees, including dead wood, stems, brush, rock piles, bare ground, leaf litter, and more. Approaches are relevant to gardeners, landscapers, natural resource professionals, and anyone interested in taking the next step in supporting pollinators. After the classroom activities we will go outside to search for active nests of stem-nesting bees! Space is limited, so register early!

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Urban Gardening Festival by Davidson County Master Gardeners – Nashville, TN

May 18th, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Ellington Agricultural Center
Nashville, TN

Join keynote speaker Rachel Dunham, Community Engagement Coordinator of the Xerces Society, as she speaks to the importance of pollinators and what gardeners can do to help in the face of climate change. Join her at the Xerces table to learn more about the diversity of bees and how to join the effort in helping conserve invertebrates.

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