Events

Farming with Native Beneficial Insects – Keene, NH

December 13th, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Cheshire County Department of Corrections
Keene, NH

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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Farming with Native Beneficial Insects – North Easton, MA

December 15th, 2018
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Queset House, Ames Library
North Easton, MA

Interested in learning more about incorporating beneficial insects for pest control into your farm or homestead? NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) Massachusetts in partnership with the Xerces Society will be offering a one-day intensive course on how to support these beneficial insects.

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What Pollinators Do For You….and What You Can Do To Save Pollinators in Arkansas and Oklahoma – Fayetteville, AR

January 4th, 2019
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
The Chancellor Hotel
Fayetteville, AR

Join Ray Moranz of the Xerces Society at the Horticulture Industries Show 2019 (H.I.S.) in Fayetteville, Arkansas on January 4th and 5th, 2019. From 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM on January 4th, Ray will deliver the keynote presentation titled “What Pollinators Do For You….and What You Can Do To Save Pollinators in Arkansas and Oklahoma.” The H.I.S. has multiple other presentations on pollinators, and dozens of presentations on other horticultural topics. The event runs from Thursday, January 3rd, through Saturday, January 5th, with the indoor portions held on Friday and Saturday at the Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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Monarch Butterflies: Their Favorite Host and Nectar Plants, Native and Exotic – Fayettville, AR

January 5th, 2019
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Chancellor Hotel
Fayettville, AR

Join Ray Moranz of the Xerces Society at the Horticulture Industries Show 2019 (H.I.S.) in Fayetteville, AR on January 4 and 5, 2019. From 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM On Saturday, January 5th, Ray will deliver a presentation titled “Monarch Butterflies: Their Favorite Host and Nectar Plants—Native and Exotic”” The H.I.S. has multiple other presentations on pollinators, and dozens of presentations on other horticultural topics. The event runs from Thursday, January 3rd, through Saturday, January 5th, with the indoor portions held on Friday and Saturday at the Chancellor Hotel in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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Prairies and Pollinators Workshop – Osseo, WI

January 12th, 2019
10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Grand Occasions Ballroom
Osseo, WI

Hosted by River Country Resource Conservation and Development Council, this annual workshop brings together central Wisconsin farmers, landowners, and community members who are enthusiastic about prairie restoration. This year, Karin Jokela, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner & NRCS Partner Biologiest with the Xerces Society, will be speaking about the fascinating diversity of native prairie pollinators and their habitat requirements.

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Flowers are Bee-Loved: Planting for Pollinators & Our Own Well-Being – Greensboro, NC

January 16th, 2019
9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
(Full Conference January 14th – 19th)
Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel
Greensboro, NC

Join Nancy Lee Adamson of the Xerces Society and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for this session at the Green and Growin’ Conference and Expo to learn about plant and pollinator connections. Understanding the specialized and general connections between plants and pollinators, and the added benefits of pollinator habitat for conservation biocontrol, watershed health, clean air and clean water, can help nurseries and landscapers promote diverse native plants. Nancy will highlight native wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees that support bees, butterflies, and other wildlife, plus share ways to reduce fears of pollen allergies or stinging insects. Nancy will share resources for better supporting some of the 500 native bees, other pollinators, and other insects that help keep garden pest populations in balance—by providing pollen, nectar, and shelter through the year.

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Farmscaping for Pollination, Pest Management, and Additional Income – Hyattsville, MD

January 19th, 2019
3:15 PM – 4:45 PM
(Full Conference January 17th – 19th)
College Park Marriott Hotel
Hyattsville, MD

Join Nancy Adamson of the Xerces Society and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service for this session at the Future Harvest 20th Anniversary Conference to learn ways to better support the bees and other wildlife that help ensure abundant harvests, keep our ecosystems healthy, enrich our communities, and potentially add to your farm’s revenue stream. Native shrubs, trees, and wildflowers; cover crops; and annual flowers support pollination and pest management on farms and in home gardens. Besides vital pollen, nectar, and shelter supporting bees, butterflies, and other wildlife, plant borders can provide crucial watershed protection, plus additional income with nuts, berries, cut flowers, or ornamental cuttings. Visit with Nancy in the trade-show area, too!

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Wisconsin Fruit and Vegetable Conference – Wisconsin Dells, WI

January 28th – 29th, 2019
Kalahari Resort
Wisconsin Dells, WI

Join Karin Jokela, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner & NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, at the Wisconsin Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Conference at Wisconsin Dells. This three-day conference provides educational programming for growers of fresh produce including apples, berries, grapes, and vegetables. Karin will be giving two separate talks about creating on-farm habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects. The first will be geared toward an apple-grower audience, and the second will be oriented towards berry growers.

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Tulsa Audubon Society Monthly Meeting – Tulsa, OK

February 19th, 2019
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Tulsa Garden Center
Tulsa, OK

Join Ray Moranz of the Xerces Society for the monthly meeting of Tulsa Audubon Society. Ray will deliver a presentation on pollinator conservation. The meeting starts at 7 pm, and Ray’s presentation will run from 7:30 to 8:15 pm. Attendance at the event is free and open to the public.

For more information email Ray at ray.moranz@xerces.org


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