Pollinator Conservation


Entomological Society of America, Eastern Branch Meeting – Annapolis, MD

Published on January 26, 2018

March 19th, 2018
2:40 PM – 3:10 PM
Westin Annapolis Hotel
Annapolis, MD

Join Eric Venturini, NRCS Partner Biologist and Farm Bill Pollinator Conservationist of the Xerces Society, at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America taking place March 17-19. Eric will be presenting on “Pollination Reservoirs in Maine’s Lowbush Blueberry Cropping System”, along with other expert presenters during a symposium entitled “Pollinator Habitat in the Northeastern Landscapes: Pollinator Diversity, Crop Pollination, and Pesticide Exposure”.

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2018 Design with Nature Annual Wild Ones Conference – St. Paul, MN

Published on January 22, 2018

February 17th, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
James B. Woulfe Hall in Anderson Student Center
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus
St. Paul, MN

Please join Karin Jokela from the Xerces Society at this year’s Design with Nature Conference. This event features nationally-recognized speakers and offers unique insights about landscaping with native plants, habitat creation and restoration, and environmental stewardship. The Xerces Society is a partner at this conference, and Karin will have an exhibit table with publications and handouts on pollinator conservation, native seed mix design and installation, best management practices for pollinators, and more!

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Bee Symposium – Cloquet, MN

Published on January 16, 2018

February 17th, 2018
8:30 AM -3:30 PM
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Cloquet, MN

Join Pam Herou of the Xerces Society for a fascinating presentation on the diversity of native bees in MN, their habitat, threats, and how to help them thrive.

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Penobscot County Local Work Group Meeting – Bangor, ME

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February 28th, 2018 (new date!)
10:00 AM
Penobscot County USDA Service Center
Bangor, ME

Please join Eric Venturini of the Xerces Society for a presentation titled “The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation: Pollinators”. The Local Working Group is composed of those interested in agriculture, private forests, wetlands, and wildlife within Penobscot County. The group provides information, assistance, and recommendations to the District Conservationist of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on local natural resource priorities and criteria for matters relating to the implementation and technical aspects of conservation programs funded under the USDA Farm Bill. The meeting will be hosted by the Penobscot County Soil and Water Conservation District. The public is encouraged to attend.

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Buzz About Native Bees – Santa Barbara, CA

Published on December 18, 2017

March 3rd, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Pritzlaff Conservation Center Classroom – Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Santa Barbara, CA

From our morning coffee to the apple pie we have for dessert, one in three mouthfuls of food and drink come to us thanks to the work of bees and other pollinators. But these essential animals are at risk worldwide because of pesticide use and lack of flowers in the landscape. We’ve all heard that European honey bees are in trouble, but the more critical story is that our native bees are faring even worse. Thankfully, there is much you can do to help! 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 the urban landscape is managed and help make your home, and your community, native bee friendly.

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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 …


The Our Farms, Our Future Conference – St. Louis, MO

Published on October 20, 2017

April 3rd – 5th, 2018
Hyatt Regency Downtown
St. Louis, MO

Please Join Eric Lee-Mader, Pollinator Program Co-Director of the Xerces Society, for his talk entitled “Pollinators, Biodiversity, and the Future of Sustainable Agriculture” on April 4th. The Our Farms, Our Future Conference is hosted by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the National Center for Appropriate Technology ATTRA program. This national event will bring together our diverse agricultural community including farmers and ranchers, agribusiness stakeholders, students, researchers, scientists, agency representatives and nonprofit leaders. This is a once-in-a-decade event!Every decade SARE hosts a conference to look at the progress of sustainability in agriculture and to understand our trajectory for the future.

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MOSES Organic Farming Conference – La Crosse, WI

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February 22nd – 24th, 2018
La Crosse Center
La Crosse, WI

Please join representatives from the Xerces Society at this year’s MOSES Organic Farming Conference, the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming, offering 65 workshops over 6 sessions, inspiring keynotes, engaging round-tables, and a resource-packed Exhibit Hall with over 170 vendors. Pollinator program Co-Director Eric Lee-Mader will be giving a workshop entitled “Ecological Infrastructure: How to Design for and Benefit from Nature on the Farm”. Specific details on exact time for this workshop coming soon. The Xerces Society will also have a table in the Exhibit Hall.

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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 …