Pollinator Conservation


Pollinator Summit – Chaska, MN

Published on August 11, 2017

September 15th, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum- MacMillan Auditorium
Chaska, MN

Across the US and increasingly across the world, the Xerces Society is working with farmers large and small to create a new model of agriculture that integrates pollinators and beneficial insects at all levels. In this talk, Xerces Pollinator Conservation Program co-director, Eric Lee-Mäder will provide an overview of the state of the art approaches to pollinator conservation in farmlands, and will share real world case studies of the diverse farms and major food companies that are leading this movement. Connections between pollinator conservation and other environmental goals such as soil health, carbon sequestration, and water quality protection will be explored under the emerging concept of regenerative agriculture.

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Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Garden City, KS

Published on August 4, 2017

August 23rd, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Lee Richardson Zoo – Baffa Lecture Hall
Garden City, KS

Join Ray Moranz, Grazing Lands Pollinator Ecologist for the Xerces Society and NRCS, for this full day workshop focused on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in agricultural landscapes. The course will provide an overview of bee natural history and farm practices that support pollinators, such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators. In addition to receiving the latest cutting edge scientific findings, course participants will conduct a field tour to practice identifying bees and their habitat.

Registration is $30 per person. Registrants will receive the Xerces Society’s book, Attracting Native Pollinators, as well as information about habitat management guidelines and relevant USDA-NRCS and extension publications.You may bring a sack lunch or purchase a lunch from the Rush County Conservation District. Please indicate your choice when making your registration.

Please register by August 18. Contact Stephanie Royer, Rush County Conservation District at 785-222-2615 Ext.101, to register.


Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Great Bend, KS

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August 22nd, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Kansas Wetlands Education Center
Great Bend, KS

Join Ray Moranz, Grazing Lands Pollinator Ecologist for the Xerces Society and NRCS, for this full day workshop focused on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in agricultural landscapes. The course will provide an overview of bee natural history and farm practices that support pollinators, such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators. In addition to receiving the latest cutting edge scientific findings, course participants will conduct a field tour to practice identifying bees and their habitat.

Registration is $30 per person. Registrants will receive the Xerces Society’s book, Attracting Native Pollinators, as well as information about habitat management guidelines and relevant USDA-NRCS and extension publications. You may bring a sack lunch or purchase a lunch from the Rush County Conservation District. Please indicate your choice when making your registration.

Please register by August 18. Contact Stephanie Royer, Rush County Conservation District at 785-222-2615 Ext.101, to register.


Monarchs Across Georgia Symposium – Conyers, GA

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September 23rd, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Visitors Center)
Conyers, GA

Join Nancy Adamson of Xerces to learn about common native bees we can support by protecting and planting pollinator habitat. In Georgia, we have more than 500 native species and a few introduced species in addition to the European honey bee. Bumble bees, mason bees, mining or digger bees, sunflower bees, carpenter bees, hibiscus bees, and leafcutter bees are all groups you can easily recognize when you slow down and take a look. Plus, in Georgia, Nick Stewart has created a wonderful “Bees of Georgia” website you can reference http://native-bees-of-georgia.ggc.edu/. Nancy’s program will highlight nesting habits to help you in supporting these diverse native pollinators. You can view some of her video clips of bees visiting native plants at https://www.youtube.com/user/MelittologyNancy. The day includes many other wonderful speakers: Sonia Altizer on Monarch Butterflies, Kim Bailey on Hummingbirds, and Keren Giovengo on Gardening for Pollinators.

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Bee Friendly to Bees Day – Greensboro, NC

Published on July 14, 2017

August 19th, 2017
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Guilford County Extension Office
Greensboro, NC

Join Nancy Adamson of Xerces Society and Olav Rueppell’s bee lab members from UNC Greensboro to learn more about the diversity of bees in North Carolina — more than 500 species! We’ll have displays with native bees and information about how to support pollinators by protecting or planting habitat.

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POLLI-NATION Festival – Stillwater, MN

Published on July 5, 2017

September 10th, 2017
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Kissing Birch Farm
Stillwater, MN

Pollinator Friendly Alliance is once again giving us the chance to Party With A Purpose! Live bands, craft beer, awards, bee science, art, food trucks, honey, games. Sarah Foltz Jordan of Xerces will be sharing strategies to promote and protect pollinators on Midwest farms. Purchase tickets now for early bird rates ($10) and a chance to win prizes!

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Bee-come a Bee Monitor – Maplewood, MN

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September 9th, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Maplewood Community Center/YMCA
Maplewood, MN

Join Sarah Foltz Jordan of the Xerces Society for an exceptional Citizen Science Pollinator Training and Survey, offered in partnership with Maplewood Nature Center and Great River Greening. Learn how to distinguish Minnesota’s native and exotic bee groups, and methods for monitoring bees. Participants will gain practical experience with hands-on activities including working with pinned specimens, capturing and examining bees in a restored prairie, and practicing methods for standardized data collection. Participants will receive a Citizen Scientist Pollinator Monitoring Guide and other reference material. The event will include a field portion at Fish Creek, where participants will practice capturing and identifying, walk transects, survey for pollinators, and learn about the prairie restoration. Data gathered will provide baseline information that will be tracked as the restoration matures. Wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants and long sleeves. Bring a hat, sunglasses, lunch and water bottle.

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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 …


Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Big Flats, NY

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August 23rd, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Big Flats Plant Materials Center
Big Flats, NY

Join Kelly Gill, Pollinator Conservation Specialist for the Xerces Society, for this full day workshop focused on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in agricultural landscapes. The course will provide an overview of bee natural history and farm practices that support pollinators, such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators. In addition to receiving the latest cutting edge scientific findings, course participants will conduct a field tour to practice identifying bees and their habitat. Registrants will receive the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Toolkit which includes Xerces’ book, Attracting Native Pollinators, as well as habitat management guidelines and relevant USDA-NRCS and extension publications.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Kaysville, UT

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September 28th, 2017
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
UAES Kaysville Research Farm
Kaysville, Utah

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 Jessa Kay Cruz, 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.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Boise, ID

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September 12th, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Boise Center
Boise, Idaho

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 Jessa Kay Cruz, 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.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Minot, ND

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August 22nd, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
NDSU North Central Research Extension Center
Minot, North Dakota

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 Eric Mader, Pollinator program Co-Director 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.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Brooksville, FL

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August 10th, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
NRCS Brooksville Plant Materials Center
Brooksville, Florida

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, PhD, Conservation Biocontrol 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.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Clanton, AL

Published on June 6, 2017

August 9th, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Alabama Power Clanton Conference Center
Clanton, Alabama

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, PhD, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist of 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.

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Monarch Habitat Field Days on Farms – Adell, WI

Published on April 13, 2017

August 18th, 2017
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Heidel Family Dairy Farm
Adell, WI

Join us for hands-on demonstrations, activities, and informational sessions about installing and managing native habitat for monarchs and other wildlife on farms. Topics covered include: site selection and site prep methods for native plantings, seed mix design, planting methods, and habitat management, native plant ID, evaluating and monitoring plant establishment, monarch biology and conservation, Farm bill programs and funding opportunities for farmers, and Beyond monarchs: additional benefits of habitat to wildlife and humans. These field days are offered in partnership with Monarch Joint Venture (MJV).

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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.

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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 …