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To request staff participation at an event or to be a speaker, please fill out our speaker request form here. For questions regarding the speaker request form contact Rachel Dunham at [email protected].

 

The list of events on this page will be updated regularly. To view past webinars, please visit our YouTube channel. We also announce events on social media and via our e-newsletter. If you have questions, please email [email protected].

Jun 25
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CT
Great Plains Nature Center
Wichita, KS

Join Xerces Society staff for a Field Day! During these two hour events, participants will gain hands-on experience with the Great Plains Bumble Bee Atlas protocol, including netting, chilling, and photographing bees, as well as data recording/entry.

Click here for more information and to register.

 

Katie Lamke, Endangered Species Conservation Biologist

Based in the Midwest, Katie’s main role is to coordinate and engage people in community science projects in the region that help track and conserve bumble bees. Katie earned a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University (Environmental Biology) and a master's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Entomology), where she focused on wild bee diversity and their floral associations within Tallgrass prairies. Katie has both a skillset and passion for identifying wild bees that has been professionally developed for species in the Northern Plains. She is enthusiastic about pollinator ecology and is committed to raising awareness about the conservation of wild bees.

Jun 26
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CT
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Strong City, KS

Join Xerces Society staff for a Field Day! During these two hour events, participants will gain hands-on experience with the Great Plains Bumble Bee Atlas protocol, including netting, chilling, and photographing bees, as well as data recording/entry.

Click here for more information and to register.

 

Katie Lamke, Endangered Species Conservation Biologist

Based in the Midwest, Katie’s main role is to coordinate and engage people in community science projects in the region that help track and conserve bumble bees. Katie earned a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University (Environmental Biology) and a master's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Entomology), where she focused on wild bee diversity and their floral associations within Tallgrass prairies. Katie has both a skillset and passion for identifying wild bees that has been professionally developed for species in the Northern Plains. She is enthusiastic about pollinator ecology and is committed to raising awareness about the conservation of wild bees.

June 30
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MT / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT / 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET
Webinar

Join Jennifer Hopwood, Xerces Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, as she walks through how to turn your yard into a pollinator haven. Learn about Xerces resources such as plant lists, habitat assessment guides, and landscaping tools. Bring your questions and curiosity.

This is the first webinar in our four-part Bring Back the Pollinators series.

This webinar will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel. Closed Captioning will be available during this webinar.

Click here for more information and to register.

Jennifer Hopwood

Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist -The Xerces Society

Jennifer provides resources and training for pollinator and beneficial insect habitat management and restoration in a variety of landscapes. She oversees a team of four USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service partner biologists and works closely with the NRCS. Jennifer has authored a number of publications and articles, and is co-author of several books, including Farming with Native Beneficial Insects, 100 Plants to Feed the Bees, and a roadside revegetation manual. Jennifer has a master's degree in entomology from the University of Kansas. Along with work as a research specialist conducting invertebrate field research and identification, Jennifer was an instructor in biology and environmental science at Iowa State University and Des Moines Area Community College prior to joining Xerces in 2009.

Jul 9
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT
Gjerloff Prairie
Marquette, NE

Join Xerces Society staff for a Field Day! During these two hour events, participants will gain hands-on experience with the Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas protocol, including netting, chilling, and photographing bees, as well as data recording/entry. If you did not attend the online workshop, please watch the recordings before attending one of the field days. Recordings are available at nebraskabumblebeeatlas.org/train-online.
Click here for more information and to register.

 

Kellie Hayden, Bumble Bee Technician
Kellie Hayden is serving as Xerces Society's Bumble Bee Technician in Nebraska and Missouri for the 2022 season. Currently back in school to pursue a B.S., they have a background in community science including bird banding, monarch tagging, and conducting bumble bee surveys for the Atlas.

Jul 9
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CT
Good Earth State Park
Sioux Falls, SD

Join Xerces Society staff for a Field Day! During these two hour events, participants will gain hands-on experience with the Great Plains Bumble Bee Atlas protocol, including netting, chilling, and photographing bees, as well as data recording/entry.

Click here for more information and to register.

 

Katie Lamke, Endangered Species Conservation Biologist

Based in the Midwest, Katie’s main role is to coordinate and engage people in community science projects in the region that help track and conserve bumble bees. Katie earned a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University (Environmental Biology) and a master's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Entomology), where she focused on wild bee diversity and their floral associations within Tallgrass prairies. Katie has both a skillset and passion for identifying wild bees that has been professionally developed for species in the Northern Plains. She is enthusiastic about pollinator ecology and is committed to raising awareness about the conservation of wild bees.

Jul 10
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM MT
Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area
Gering, NE

Join Xerces Society staff for a Field Day! During these two hour events, participants will gain hands-on experience with the Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas protocol, including netting, chilling, and photographing bees, as well as data recording/entry. If you did not attend the online workshop, please watch the recordings before attending one of the field days. Recordings are available at nebraskabumblebeeatlas.org/train-online.
Click here for more information and to register.

 

Kellie Hayden, Bumble Bee Technician
Kellie Hayden is serving as Xerces Society's Bumble Bee Technician in Nebraska and Missouri for the 2022 season. Currently back in school to pursue a B.S., they have a background in community science including bird banding, monarch tagging, and conducting bumble bee surveys for the Atlas.

Jul 16
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM CT
Oahe Downstream Recreation Area
Fort Pierre, SD

Join Xerces Society staff for a Field Day! During these two hour events, participants will gain hands-on experience with the Great Plains Bumble Bee Atlas protocol, including netting, chilling, and photographing bees, as well as data recording/entry.

Click here for more information and to register.

 

Katie Lamke, Endangered Species Conservation Biologist

Based in the Midwest, Katie’s main role is to coordinate and engage people in community science projects in the region that help track and conserve bumble bees. Katie earned a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University (Environmental Biology) and a master's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Entomology), where she focused on wild bee diversity and their floral associations within Tallgrass prairies. Katie has both a skillset and passion for identifying wild bees that has been professionally developed for species in the Northern Plains. She is enthusiastic about pollinator ecology and is committed to raising awareness about the conservation of wild bees.

Jul 16
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CT
Springfield Conservation Nature Center
Springfield, MO

Join Xerces Society staff for a Field Day! During these two hour events, participants will gain hands-on experience with the Missouri Bumble Bee Atlas protocol, including netting, chilling, and photographing bees, as well as data recording/entry. If you did not attend the online workshop, please watch the recordings before attending one of the field days. Recordings are available at mobumblebeeatlas.org/train-online.
Click here for more information and to register.

 

Kellie Hayden, Bumble Bee Technician
Kellie Hayden is serving as Xerces Society's Bumble Bee Technician in Nebraska and Missouri for the 2022 season. Currently back in school to pursue a B.S., they have a background in community science including bird banding, monarch tagging, and conducting bumble bee surveys for the Atlas.

July 16
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
Sapsucker Farm
Mora, MN

Join pollinator biologist Sarah Foltz Jordan of the Xerces Society, and farmers Jim & Debbie Morrison of Sapsucker Farm for a buzz-worthy field day focused on pollinator habitat in an orchard setting. Attendees will learn about native bee diversity and habitat needs, including how to identify and support the rusty-patched bumble bee, a federally endangered bee that has recently been detected near the farm, and is persisting in very low numbers across the Midwest. Participants will tour the farm from the perspective of a bee, looking at foraging & nesting resources, protection from pesticides, and the many habitat strategies that Sapsucker Farm has employed, including their innovative and successful approaches to planting and managing diverse native flowers in the understories of their orchards. Come early for lunch or stay late for happy hour or dinner (two food trucks and several beverage options will be available throughout the day). This free field day is co-hosted by the Xerces Society and MOSES. 

 

Click here for more information and to register.

Jul 17
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT
Carver Prairie
Diamond, MO

Join Xerces Society staff for a Field Day! During these two hour events, participants will gain hands-on experience with the Missouri Bumble Bee Atlas protocol, including netting, chilling, and photographing bees, as well as data recording/entry. If you did not attend the online workshop, please watch the recordings before attending one of the field days. Recordings are available at mobumblebeeatlas.org/train-online.
Click here for more information and to register.

 

Kellie Hayden, Bumble Bee Technician
Kellie Hayden is serving as Xerces Society's Bumble Bee Technician in Nebraska and Missouri for the 2022 season. Currently back in school to pursue a B.S., they have a background in community science including bird banding, monarch tagging, and conducting bumble bee surveys for the Atlas.

July 21
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MT / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT / 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET
Webinar

How can we manage pests while protecting pollinators in home yards? Good garden pollinator habitat requires flowering plants and undisturbed places for pollinators to nest, but home landscapes also need to be protected from pesticides. Join Aaron Anderson, Xerces Pesticide Program Specialist, to touch on a few key pesticide concerns, and talk about alternative methods to reduce pest pressure. In particular, we will learn about some of the common beneficial insects that pollinator plantings can support and how they contribute to pest control.

This is the second webinar in the four-part series Bring Back the Pollinators.

This webinar will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel. Closed Captioning will be available during this webinar.

Click here for more information and to register.

Aaron Anderson

Pesticide Program Specialist - The Xerces Society

Aaron Anderson works with the public and Xerces staff to reduce pesticide use in residential landscapes, including promoting alternative pest control measures and pollinator-friendly gardening practices. Prior to joining Xerces in 2022, he researched pollinator conservation in urban landscapes, restored habitat for several endangered butterfly species, and worked in insect biocontrol. In 2021 he was an AAAS Mass Media Fellow at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where he reported science and business stories. Aaron has a PhD from Oregon State University, and outside of work you can probably find him riding his bike, science writing, or fiddling with old cameras.

 

Jul 24
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT
Glacier Creek Preserve
Bennington, NE

Join Xerces Society staff for a Field Day! During these two hour events, participants will gain hands-on experience with the Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas protocol, including netting, chilling, and photographing bees, as well as data recording/entry. If you did not attend the online workshop, please watch the recordings before attending one of the field days. Recordings are available at nebraskabumblebeeatlas.org/train-online.
Click here for more information and to register.

 

Kellie Hayden, Bumble Bee Technician
Kellie Hayden is serving as Xerces Society's Bumble Bee Technician in Nebraska and Missouri for the 2022 season. Currently back in school to pursue a B.S., they have a background in community science including bird banding, monarch tagging, and conducting bumble bee surveys for the Atlas.

Jul 30
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CT
Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary
Columbia, MO

Join Xerces Society staff for a Field Day! During these two hour events, participants will gain hands-on experience with the Missouri Bumble Bee Atlas protocol, including netting, chilling, and photographing bees, as well as data recording/entry. If you did not attend the online workshop, please watch the recordings before attending one of the field days. Recordings are available at mobumblebeeatlas.org/train-online.
Click here for more information and to register.

 

Kellie Hayden, Bumble Bee Technician
Kellie Hayden is serving as Xerces Society's Bumble Bee Technician in Nebraska and Missouri for the 2022 season. Currently back in school to pursue a B.S., they have a background in community science including bird banding, monarch tagging, and conducting bumble bee surveys for the Atlas.

Jul 30
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT
Jonny Gisi Memorial Park
Bismarck, ND

Join Xerces Society staff for a Field Day! During these two hour events, participants will gain hands-on experience with the Great Plains Bumble Bee Atlas protocol, including netting, chilling, and photographing bees, as well as data recording/entry.

Click here for more information and to register.

 

Katie Lamke, Endangered Species Conservation Biologist

Based in the Midwest, Katie’s main role is to coordinate and engage people in community science projects in the region that help track and conserve bumble bees. Katie earned a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University (Environmental Biology) and a master's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Entomology), where she focused on wild bee diversity and their floral associations within Tallgrass prairies. Katie has both a skillset and passion for identifying wild bees that has been professionally developed for species in the Northern Plains. She is enthusiastic about pollinator ecology and is committed to raising awareness about the conservation of wild bees.

Jul 31
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM CT
Heritage Hills Park
Fargo, ND

Join Xerces Society staff for a Field Day! During these two hour events, participants will gain hands-on experience with the Great Plains Bumble Bee Atlas protocol, including netting, chilling, and photographing bees, as well as data recording/entry.

Click here for more information and to register.

 

Katie Lamke, Endangered Species Conservation Biologist

Based in the Midwest, Katie’s main role is to coordinate and engage people in community science projects in the region that help track and conserve bumble bees. Katie earned a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University (Environmental Biology) and a master's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Entomology), where she focused on wild bee diversity and their floral associations within Tallgrass prairies. Katie has both a skillset and passion for identifying wild bees that has been professionally developed for species in the Northern Plains. She is enthusiastic about pollinator ecology and is committed to raising awareness about the conservation of wild bees.

August 25
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MT / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT / 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET
Webinar

Join the Xerces Community Engagement team for an exploration of various ways to spread the word about pollinator conservation and how to get your community more involved. See examples of what others have done and learn about Bee City USA, the Pollinator Protection Pledge, and X Kids, a new Xerces program.

This is the third webinar in the four-part series in Bring Back the Pollinators.

This webinar will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel. Closed Captioning will be available during this webinar.

Click here for more information and to register.

Matthew Shepherd

Director of Outreach and Education - The Xerces Society

Matthew has worked for the Xerces Society for more than two decades, initially at the vanguard of a new movement to protect pollinators, but then on endangered species and a range of other projects. He is the long-time editor of Wings magazine, and he spent several years leading Xerces' communications effort. His current work is focused on outreach, community engagement, and conservation in towns and cities. Matthew is author of numerous articles and other publications, including Attracting Native Pollinators (Storey Publishing, 2011) and Gardening for Butterflies (Timber Press, 2016).

 

Laura Rost

Bee City USA Coordinator - The Xerces Society

Laura has worked in development and communications for environmental groups since 2005, and has been with the Xerces Society since 2014. She loves to connect with members and share Xerces resources with the public. She holds a bachelor's degree in environmental studies and a certificate in nonprofit management from Southern Oregon University. While at SOU, Laura led the successful student referendum to offset 100% of natural gas and electricity consumed at university facilities through the purchase of renewable energy credits (RECs), making SOU the first public university in the nation to do so. At her home in Milwaukie, Oregon, Laura is converting her yard into pollinator habitat and an urban farm. She volunteers for her local school district’s clothes closet and food bank, and serves on the board of the Milwaukie Pioneer Cemetery.

 

Rachel Dunham

Community Engagement Coordinator - The Xerces Society

Engagement Coordinator, Rachel has built our volunteer program from the ground up and is finding new ways for Xerces to connect to communities. As an Oregonian, she has always loved wildlife and being outdoors. Rachel pursued her passion for nature at Seattle Pacific University, graduating with a bachelor's in ecology, and earning a master's of wildlife conservation from the University of Maine. She spent years traveling between Alaska and Hawaii, working as a naturalist for the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and Princess Cruise Lines. Rachel also worked as a research associate in Panama and northern British Columbia. Before Xerces, Rachel worked at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, managing their public programs. Rachel lives in Missoula, Montana with her husband Chad and their dog Bear. They spend their time hiking, camping, and traveling the world.

September 20
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
Webinar

Join Stephanie Frischie, Agronomist and Native Plant Materials Specialist with the Xerces Society, for this Women4theLand Conservation Conversation via Zoom.  Mid-September can feel like summer or like fall from one day to another. At this learning circle, the panelists will talk about what happened in your pollinator habitat over the summer. They’ll also talk about what is blooming this time of year, which pollinators and insects are active, and what will happen to them in a few months when winter sets in. Join them to learn about providing overwintering habitat and some good books to add to winter reading lists.

 

 

Click here for more information and to register.

 

Stephanie Frischie
Agronomist, Native Plant Materials Specialist

Based in northwest Indiana, Stephanie provides pollinator habitat expertise to farms in Canada and the U.S. She also works with the native seed industry and researchers to plan and develop seed supply of important plant species for restoration of insect habitat. 

September 29
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MT / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT / 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET
Webinar

The availability of nesting habitat is a critical yet often overlooked factor impacting native bee populations. In this webinar, Xerces Biologists, Leif Richardson and Sarah Foltz Jordan, will summarize nesting biology of major groups of bees, including leaf-cutter bees, mining bees, bumble bees, and many more. They will also offer numerous practical approaches to creating and managing nesting habitat features. Approaches are relevant to landscapers, farmers, gardeners, natural resource professionals, and anyone interested in taking the next step in supporting pollinators. Community science opportunities will also be discussed.

This is the fourth webinar in the four-part series Bring Back the Pollinators.

This webinar will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel. Closed Captioning will be available during this webinar.

Click here for more information and to register.

Sarah Foltz Jordan

Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist Habitat Restoration Specialist, Great Lakes Region - The Xerces Society

Based out of central Minnesota, Sarah leads Xerces' upper Midwest native bee and monarch habitat restoration projects, working closely with farmers, agencies, and conservation groups to promote pollinators on farms and in natural areas. Sarah provides habitat restoration support to hundreds of farmers and farm agency professionals across the upper Midwest, with an emphasis on the testing of new, cutting-edge restoration methods on a wide range of fruit, vegetable, and grain farms. Currently she is a member of the Minnesota Governor’s Pollinator Protection Committee, and a consultant on habitat management for at-risk pollinators on public lands in Minnesota. She has authored comprehensive documents about the biology and conservation needs of nearly 200 rare invertebrates, along with numerous pollinator-related fact sheets, guidebooks, and educational tools. Sarah is also an organic apple farmer and is active in the sustainable agriculture community. She holds a master's degree.

 

Leif Richardson

Conservation Biologist California Bumble Bee Atlas - The Xerces Society

Leif is a conservation biologist who coordinates the California Bumble Bee Atlas project. His research focuses on the ecology, distribution, and declines of North American bumble bees. Leif previously worked as an environmental consultant, studying pesticide risk to bee pollinators, and as an ecologist for Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. He is co-author of a range of scientific publications on bees, including Bumble Bees of North America: An Identification Guide (2014, Princeton University Press), the standard reference manual on this group of insects. He is an expert in the inventory and identification of bumble bees, and has extensive experience training others to collect bumble bee distribution data in the field. Leif holds a Master’s degree from the University of Arizona and a PhD from Dartmouth College.