Pollinator Conservation


Monarch Butterfly Monitoring Workshop – San Diego, CA

Published on October 13, 2017

November 4th – 5th, 2017
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
San Diego Zoo, Price Education Center
San Diego, CA

Join Sarina Jepsen, Director of Endangered Species and Aquatic Conservation, for a two-day Monarch Butterfly Monitoring Workshop. Other instructors include Charis van der Heide of the Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count regional coordinator for Santa Barbara County, Joanna Gilkeson, Public Affairs Specialist for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Paige Howorth, Associate Curator of Invertebrates for the San Diego Zoo. The first day of the workshop will be held at the San Diego Zoo and the second day of the workshop will be in the field at a monarch overwintering site (TBD). Please register for location updates.

Click here for more information and to register


Master Gardener Foundation of Spokane County Fall Banquet – Spokane, WA

Published on October 11, 2017

November 2nd, 2017
4:00 PM – 8:30 PM
The Lincoln Center
Spokane, WA

Join the Master Gardener Foundation of Spokane County for their 6th annual Fall Banquet and fundraising event. The evening will offer fun opportunities to compete for your favorite dessert, bid for your vacation get away or favorite wine at the silent auction, and enjoy the presentation from nationally acclaimed conservation biologist Rich Hatfield from the Xerces Society. We hope you will join us in supporting this worthwhile program, the WSU Master Gardeners of Spokane County.

Click here for more information and to register.


Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Jefferson City, MO

Published on

November 2nd, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
George Washington Carver Farm – Lincoln University
Jefferson City, MO

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. 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, for an overview on 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.


Women, Food & Ag Network Conference – Madison, WI

Published on September 28, 2017

November 2nd, 2017
1:00 PM – 4:50 PM
Location: Sheraton Madison, Women Food & Ag Network Conference 2017
Madison, WI

Join Thelma Heidel-Baker and Sarah Foltz Jordan from The Xerces Society in this multi-panelist women’s workshop, “Sustainability and Conservation on the Farm: Focus on Integrated Pest Management and Soil Health”, as they talk about conservation on farms. Their session will focus on conserving beneficial insects for natural pest control. They will cover the basics of beneficial insect ecology as well as general concepts for balancing the needs of those insects with farm pest management practices. Learn about designing and implementing habitat features that support beneficial insects and case studies of farmers who have implemented amazing projects on their lands.

Click here for more information and to register.


Common Ground Country Fair- Unity, ME

Published on September 20, 2017

September 22nd, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Common Ground Country Fair
Unity, ME

Join Eric Venturini, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservationist and NRCS Partner Biologist for The Xerces Society, for his talk entitled “Pollinators and Beneficials on the Farm, and How to Use Them”.

Click here for more information and to register.


Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Mt. Clare, WV

Published on September 12, 2017

October 25th, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Quiet Dell United Methodist Church
Mt. Clare, West Virginia

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. 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 for the Xerces Society, for an overview on 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.


Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Summit 2017 – Little Rock, AR

Published on September 7, 2017

October 12th, 2017
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
UA – Pulaski Technical College
North Little Rock, AR

Ray Moranz of the Xerces Society will be delivering a lecture on monarch biology and conservation at this year’s Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Summit. Learn about monarch butterflies and pollinators in the natural state! Join us to discuss their importance and the plan for a coordinated effort to conserve these valuable resources. This is a unique opportunity to provide your input as we introduce the draft Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Conservation Plan.

Click here for more information and to register.


2017 Pollinator Summit – Denver, CO

Published on

November 2nd, 2017
8:00 AM
Denver Botanic Garden
Denver, CO

Join Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society, as the Morning Keynote Speaker of the 2017 Pollinator Summit for his talk entitled Bringing Back the Pollinators: An Integrated Landscape Approach to Pollinator Conservation.

Click here for more information and to register.


Managing Smaller Natural Areas: Case Studies on the Role they Play in Protection – Fort Collins, CO

Published on

October 11th, 2017
4:25 PM
Natural Areas Conference
Fort Collins, CO

Join Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society, for his talk at the Natural Areas Conference entitled Managing Smaller Natural Areas – Case Studies on the Role they Play in Protection: Successful Partnership Conserves the Imperiled Mardon Skipper.

Click here for more information and to register.


Best Management Practices for Pollinators – Fort Collins, CO

Published on

October 10th, 2017
1:45 PM
Natural Areas Conference
Fort Collins, CO

Join Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society, for his talk at the Natural Areas Conference entitled Best Management Practices for Pollinators: Creating Practices That Are Meaningful and Implementable for Rangelands Across the West.

Click here for more information and to register.


Small Farms, Big Impact: Pollinator Habitat in the Midwest

Published on June 23, 2017

This article originally appeared in our Spring 2017 issue of Wings – available here “Prairie!” Just that one word in the subject line of an email from Erin, a Minnesota vegetable farmer with whom I am working, and I knew it was going to be a great message. The email itself was a series of photographs Read more …


On-Farm Pollinator Habitat Benefits for Watermelon Pollination – Webinar

Published on January 20, 2017

February 28th, 2017
11:00 AM PST
https://learn.extension.org/events/2952

This webinar will provide an overview of strategies to promote pollinators within annual rotational croplands in California. The focus will be on recent advances to establish native wildflower plantings and how these can positively contribute to promoting bees and crop pollination. Although examples will primarily be for watermelon many aspects are likely to apply to row crops more generally. The webinar will include a discussion of pollination benefits and also consider potential benefits and risks associated with pest management.

Click here for more information and to register.


General Mills, NRCS and the Xerces Society Announce Multi-Year, $4 Million Investment in Pollinator Habitat

Published on November 30, 2016

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Mollie Wulff, General Mills; (763) 764-6340 ; mollie.wulff@genmills.com Kaveh Sadeghzadeh, NRCS; (202) 720-2182; Kaveh.sadeghzadeh@wdc.usda.gov Scott Black, Xerces Society, (503) 449-3792, scott.black@xerces.org   General Mills, NRCS and the Xerces Society Announce Multi-Year, $4 Million Investment in Pollinator Habitat Organizations share commitment to help pollinators prosper WASHINGTON, D.C., November 30, 2016—General Mills, the Read more …


[VIDEO] Western Bumblebee no longer in Willamette Valley

Published on June 28, 2016

Though Oregon may be experiencing a population boom, there is at least one group that is no longer found anywhere in the Willamette Valley. The Western Bumblebee. “Western Bumblebee used to be one of the 3 most common species in Oregon,” said Sarina Jepsen of the Xerces Society in Portland. “It’s really declined dramatically and Read more …