Events

Farming with Native Beneficial Insects – Tucson, AZ

April 17th, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tucson Plant Materials Center
Tucson, AZ

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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Best Management Practices for Pollinators – Webinar

April 18th, 2018
9:00 AM (PST)
Natural Areas Association
Online Webinar

Join Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society, for this webinar as part of the Natural Areas Association (NAA) Pollinator Management Series. Scott will be delivering a talk titled “Best Management Practices for Pollinators: Creating Practices that are Meaningful and Implementable for Rangelands.”

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A Conference on Tourism and Conservation in the Great Plains – Kearney, NE

April 18th – 20th, 2018
Younes Conference Center
Kearney, NE

Join Rae Powers of the Xerces Society at this conference. The conference will feature sessions for business leaders, ranchers, and community partners as well as wider discussions about how to preserve the stunning bounty of Great Plains ecology. It will examine local and global models of conservation and tourism, including speakers from southern Africa where tourism has had stunning success in supporting conservation. For more about ecotourism check out Visit the Prairie or our ecotourism research page.

Along with a slate of impactful speakers, the conference will include hands-on opportunities to see and learn about regional ecotourism attractions during a series of pre-conference, optional field trips and workshops.

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Farming with Native Beneficial Insects – Los Lunas, NM

April 19th, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
NMSU Agricultural Science Center
Los Lunas, NM

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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EARTHx – Dallas, TX

April 20th – 21st, 2018
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Fair Park
Dallas, TX

Join Ray Moranz of the Xerces Society at EARTHx 2018, the largest Earth Day Festival in the world! Ray will be at the USDA NRCS Pollinator Conservation booth answering your questions and handing out materials on monarchs and other pollinators.

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CNGA’s 11th Annual Field Day at Hedgerow Farms – Davis, CA

April 20th, 2018
8:45 AM – 4:00 PM
Hedgerow Farms
Davis, CA

California Native Grasslands Association and Hedgerow Farms are partnering once again to provide a tremendous opportunity for practical learning about California’s spectacular native grasslands. Learn from the experts, including Jessa Kay Cruz of the Xerces Society, on maximizing biodiversity and pollinator habitat in California grasslands – grassland establishment, management and more.

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Nesting and Overwintering Habitat for Bees Workshop – Maplewood, MN

April 21st, 2018
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Maplewood Nature Center
Maplewood, MN

Join Sarah Foltz Jordan (Xerces Society) and Colleen Satyshur (University of MN) for a training on practical approaches to creating and managing a variety of nesting and overwintering habitat features for bees, including dead wood, stems, brush, rock piles, bare ground, leaf litter. Approaches are relevant to gardeners, landscapers, natural resource professionals, and anyone interested in taking the next step in supporting pollinators.
The training will include both classroom and field components, including a search for active nests of stem-nesting bees! Offered in partnership with Maplewood Nature Center and Great River Greening. Funding provided by the MN Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. Space is limited, so register early to hold your spot!

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Farming with Native Beneficial Insects – Bordentown, NJ

April 26th, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Rutgers EcoComplex
Bordentown, NJ

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 Kelly Gill, 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.

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Backyard Beneficial Bugs – Waldo, WI

April 28th, 2018
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Perennial Farms LLC
Waldo, WI

Join Thelma Heidel-Baker from the Xerces Society for this interactive, family-friendly learning event on beneficial insects found in your backyard. We will start with a quick classroom-like session then head out within the orchard for a bug hunt & learn what habitats they may seek out or avoid. Dress to be outdoors for the duration of this entry level class. Celebrate Earth Day with us by learning what you can do to help the natural environment, starting with your backyard. Class cost is $10 per family.

Please reserve your spot by emailing Laura Grunwald at perennialfarmsllc@yahoo.com.


Farming with Native Beneficial Insects – Madera, CA

May 1st, 2018
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Ben Hayes Hall
Madera Farm Bureau Offices
Madera, CA

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 Kathryn Prince, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner at the Xerces Society, and Jessa Kay-Cruz, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist at the Xerces Society, as they overview 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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Creating Healthy Habitat for Native Bees & Butterflies – Salem, OR

May 8th, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Loucks Auditorium, Salem Public Library
Salem, OR

Get a glimpse into the amazing diversity of Oregon’s native pollinators. Aimée Code of the Xerces Society will discuss the unique needs and behaviors of native pollinators including Monarch butterflies. Aimée will also discuss how you can help native pollinators survive and thrive by providing them the three things they need: diverse flowering plants for forage, undisturbed areas for nesting, and habitat that is free from harmful pesticides.

Event is free and open to the public.


Bring Back the Pollinators – Rancho Cordova, CA

May 11th, 2018
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Soil Born Farms Schoolhouse
Rancho Cordova, CA

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 our urban landscape is managed and help make your home, and your community, native bee friendly.

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St. Paul Garden Club Meeting – Oakdale, MN

May 16th, 2018
11 AM – 12 PM; Lunch to follow
St. Paull Keller Golf Club
Oakdale, MN

Join Sarah Foltz Jordan of the Xerces Society to learn more about the biology of monarchs and other butterflies, their current status, as well as practical strategies to boost populations of these animals in our yards, farms, and other landscapes.

For more information and to register, please email Tracy Stutz: Tmstutz11@comcast.net


Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas Training – Boise, ID

May 19th, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Morrison Knudsen Nature Center
Boise, ID

Please join 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 collect data 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 full-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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Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas Training – Webinar

May 19th, 2018
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM MDT
Live Webinar

Please join us in a collaborative effort to track and conserve the bumble bees of the Pacific Northwest through this live webinar. 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 collect data 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 online event. 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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Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas Training – Wenatchee, WA

June 2nd, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wenatchee Public Library
Wenatchee, WA

Please join 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 collect data 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 full-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.

Click here for more details and to register.


Farming with Native Beneficial Insects – Charlo, MT

June 19th, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Leon Community Clubhouse
Charlo, MT

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.

Click here for more information and to register.


Farming with Native Beneficial Insects – Greenwood, SC

June 26th, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Greenwood County Veterans Center
Greenwood, SC

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, and guest speakers as they overview 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 – Lingle, WY

July 16th, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The University of Wyoming SAREC
Lingle, WY

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.

Click here for more information and to register.


Farming with Native Beneficial Insects – Cañon City, CO

July 18th, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Fremont County Fairgrounds
Cañon City, CO

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.

Click here for more information and to register.


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