Pollinator Conservation


The Value of Native Bees: Feeding and Supporting Our Communities – Salisbury, NC

Published on April 12, 2018

April 26th, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Center for the Environment at Catawba College
Salisbury, NC

Join Nancy Adamson, pollinator conservation specialist with the Xerces Society and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, for a talk about some of the 500 native bees that help bring food to our tables and enrich our communities. She will highlight native bees, their importance in local food production and their connections to our native plants, wildlife, and watersheds. She will also share resources for better supporting pollinators and other agriculturally beneficial insects that reduce crop pests.

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Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas Training – Wenatchee, WA

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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.

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Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas Training – Webinar

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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 – Boise, ID

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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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Backyard Beneficial Bugs – Waldo, WI

Published on April 11, 2018

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.


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

Published on March 29, 2018

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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Bring Back the Pollinators – Rancho Cordova, CA

Published on March 23, 2018

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

Published on March 20, 2018

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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Planting for Pollinators: Button Bush

Published on October 26, 2017

  This post is part of an ongoing series highlighting some of the best plants for pollinators from coast-to-coast. Drawing from our books 100 Plants to Feed the Bees, Gardening for Butterflies , and our Monarch Nectar Plant Guides. Button Bush Cephalanthus occidentalis A popular cultivar of button bush is ‘Sputnik’ and when you see Read more …


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”.

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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 …


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 …