Events

Inviting Wildlife into the Garden – Hoickessin, DE

September 13, 2019
10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Mt. Cuba Center
Hoickessin, DE

Join Kelly Gill, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, for her presentation on pollinators and beneficial insects at this speaker series. The series will focus on transforming your landscape into a garden that attracts a wealth of beneficial wildlife, including birds, bees, butterflies, and amphibians. Unlock the important connections between the roles of pollinators, the habitats they require, and the plants that feed them. Explore Mt. Cuba Center’s naturalistic gardens to observe native bees in action, and discover the best native plants for migrating and resident birds. Learn ways to include water features that support amphibians, damselflies, and bats, and create habitats that sustain wildlife year-round. Please note that this is a multiple speaker series event and pre-registration is required. Kelly will be presenting at the September 13th session.

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Xerces Ambassadors: Vancouver Peace and Justice Fair – Vancouver, WA

September 14th, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Esther Short Park
Vancouver, WA

Join Rachel Dunham, Community Engagement Coordinator at the Xerces Society, and Xerces Ambassadors to learn about the animals that sustain our lives: invertebrates. Find out how you can get involved in community science and help conserve our planet.

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Migrating Through Change: Monarch Butterflies and Their Conservation – Honey Creek, IA

September 14th, 2019
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Hitchcock Nature Center
Honey Creek, IA

Join Jennifer Hopwood, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, for a talk focusing on monarch conservation across landscapes. This talk is part of the Speaker Series hosted by the Pottawattamie County Conservation Board.

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Bees, Trees, & Clean Water – Afton, VA

September 14th, 2019
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Rockfish Valley Community Center
Afton, VA

Join Nancy Lee Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, Chris Gyurisin of the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District, Sarah Hagan of Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries, Nelson County Master Gardener Herb Thomas, and Robert Jennings of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to learn about planting for pollinators, water quality, and Virginia’s cost share program for turf reduction. After lunch, the group will visit a native meadow converted from turf and kick seine in Mallory Creek. Kick seining is a way of collecting aquatic insects from stream bottoms—the presence of certain species tells us how clean the water is.

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Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas Field Day – Grand Island, NE

September 15th, 2019
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Mormon Island State Wildlife Management Area
Grand Island, NE

Join Katie Lamke, Bumble Bee Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, for this event in the field! The Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas is a new statewide community science project aimed at tracking and conserving native bumble bees. This project is a collaborative effort between the Xerces Society and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with funding from the Nebraska Environmental Trust. Whether you already participate in the Atlas or want to know more about the project, this is a chance for you to gain hands-on experience. Together, we will spend a couple hours netting, photographing, and identifying the bumble bees found at Mormon Island. There will be extra vials available, but please bring your own net!

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Establishing Pollinator Habitat at Scattergood Friends School Farm – West Branch, IA

September 17th, 2019
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Scattergood Friends School Farm
West Branch, IA

Come learn from Scattergood staff and students, as well as Xerces Society Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist Sarah Foltz Jordan, about the why, when, where and how of pollinator habitat design and installation. Mark and Sarah will address farmer concerns about weed control using organic methods. They will also discuss plugs versus seeds and habitat management. Sarah Nizzi, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner and NRCS partner biologist with Xerces, will join to offer insights about cost-share opportunities available through farm bill programs.

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Pacific Northwest Agroforestry Workshop – Spokane, WA

September 17th – 19th, 2019
Enduris Training Facility
Spokane, WA

Join Mace Vaughan, Pollinator Program Co-Director with the Xerces Society, for his presentation on Pollinators in Agroforestry Systems as part of this workshop for technical assistance providers, extension staff, and anyone else who works with farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to promote agroforestry in the Pacific Northwest. Please note that this is a three day workshop, and Mace’s presentation is on September 17th from 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM.

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Cleveland Pollinator & Native Plant Symposium – Cleveland, OH

September 20th, 2019
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Cleveland Botanical Garden
Cleveland, OH

Join Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society, for a full day of enlightening and energizing presentations by eight renowned experts in the fields of landscape design, with a focus on pollinators, and native plants. Explore the importance of restoring our increasingly fragmented and disappearing native habitats beginning in our own backyards—whether large or small. Scott will be delivering a talk at 11:15 AM titled: Insect Apocalypse? What is Really Happening, Why it Matters and How we Can Help. Registration for the full day event is required.

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Succeeding with Pollinator Plantings: the Bees, the Bugs, and the Basics – Oxford, ME

September 20th, 2019
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Hooker Family Farm
Oxford, ME

Join Eric Venturini, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservationist and NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, for this workshop hosted by the Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District to learn about pollinators and beneficial insects and the key roles they play in our food systems. Eric will cover the basic ecology and identification of pollinator and beneficial insect groups, the status of pollinators in Maine, and discuss what you can do to help support pollinators on your farm and in your region.

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Bugfest – Raleigh, NC

September 21st, 2019
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Raleigh, NC

Join Phyllis Stiles, Bee City USA Founder and Pollinator Champion with the Xerces Society, and Nancy Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, along with about 30,000 bug-loving friends for a Raleigh tradition! Phyllis and Nancy will host a kid-friendly table about pollinators. North Carolina’s Museum of Natural Sciences hosts over 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities. Meet entomologists and other scientists and learn about the fascinating world of bugs. You can visit Café Insecta to sample buggy dishes prepared by local chefs. Free and everyone is welcome!

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Native Horticultural Symposium – Los Altos Hills, CA

September 21st, 2019
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Foothill College
Los Altos Hills, CA

Join Angela Laws, Monarch and Pollinator Ecologist with the Xerces Society, at this symposium that will feature keynote speaker Douglas Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home, and Bart O’Brien, Director of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden and the co-author of Reimagining the California Lawn. Angela will give a talk on declining insect biodiversity and climate change.

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Xerces Ambassadors: OMSI Biodiversity Event – Portland, OR

September 21st, 2019
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Portland, OR

Join Xerces Ambassadors at OMSI to learn about the diversity of insects and how they benefit our planet and our lives.

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Monarchs on the Mountain – Tulsa, OK

September 21st, 2019
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Turkey Mountain
Tulsa, OK

Join Ray Moranz, Grazing Lands Pollinator Ecologist and NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, for Monarchs on the Mountain. Ray will deliver two presentations: “Saving our Bees and Other Pollinators to Keep Our Farms and Gardens Productive” and “An Introduction to Monarch Biology and Conservation”. Ray will also have a table with Xerces Society informational materials during the event, which is free and open to the public.

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Planting a Pollinator Strip in a Vegetable Garden – Omaha, NE

September 21st, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
City Sprouts Farm
Omaha, NE

Join Jennifer Hopwood, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, for this hands-on, interactive workshop presented in partnership with the City Sprouts Farm and Growing Gardeners. Learn about pollinators and beneficial insects in the garden while helping to plant pollinator strips at the City Sprouts farm.

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Nature Series: Bees, Butterflies, and Brews – Polk City, IA

September 22nd, 2019
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Fenders Brewing
Polk City, IA

Join Sarah Nizzi, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner and NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, to learn about the important role that bees, butterflies, and other pollinators play within Iowa’s landscape and what you can do to conserve these critical species.

For more information, contact Sarah Nizzi at [email protected]


How to Support Pollinators in Northern New Mexico – Alcalde, NM

September 24th, 2019
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
NMSU Sustainable Agriculture Science Center
Alcalde, NM

Join us at the NMSU Sustainable Agriculture Science Center for an interactive workshop that will guide participants through the observation, identification, and ecology of pollinators. Emily May, Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, and Adrienne Rosenberg of NMSU Sustainable Agriculture Science Center will be discussing topics including pollinator habitat needs, environmental stressors, community science opportunities for pollinator monitoring, and how to create more high value habitat for pollinators in northern New Mexico. The workshop will include a field tour of wildflower mixes being tested at the Science Center for attracting and supporting pollinators. Don Martinez of NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, Rio Arriba County will facilitate the workshop. The workshop has a $5 participation fee and pre-registration (by September 23rd) is required. Light refreshments will be provided.

To register, please contact Jaime Taylor at the Rio Arriba County Extension Office at (505) 685-4523.


Plantings to Support Pollination and Pest Management – Asheville, NC

September 26th, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Aroboretum Education Center
Asheville, NC

Join Stanton Gill of University of Maryland Extension, Nancy Lee Adamson of the Xerces Society, and other instructors for a day-long Integrated Pest Management Symposium. Nancy’s program caps the day highlighting native grasses, wildflowers, shrubs, and trees that attract pollinators, predators and parasitoids to improve production and reduce pesticide use. She will also discuss cover crops, annuals, and herbs that also support wildlife diversity and help prevent pest outbreaks.

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How to Support Pollinators and Beneficial Insects in Central New Mexico – Los Lunas, NM

September 26th, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
NMSU Agricultural Science Center
Los Lunas, NM

Join Emily May, Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, at the NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas for this interactive workshop that will guide participants through the observation, identification, and ecology of pollinators and beneficial insects. Emily May will be joined by Miranda Kersten, Sr. Program Specialist with NMSU ASC, and Amanda Skidmore, Urban/Small Farm IPM Extension Specialist with NMSU ASC, to discuss management practices that support pollinators and beneficial insects in home gardens and on farms. The workshop will include a field tour of wildflower mixes being tested at the Agricultural Science Center for attracting and supporting pollinators.

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Xerces Ambassadors: Sauvie Island Jubilee – Portland, OR

September 28th, 2019
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Howell Territorial Park
Portland, OR

Join Rachel Dunham, Community Engagement Coordinator at the Xerces Society, and Xerces Ambassadors at the West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District’s 75th Anniversary Sauvie Island Jubilee. Be sure to stop by the Xerces table to celebrate harvest season and learn about the pollinators that help bring you the food and drink you love!

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Build Your Refuge Day – Albuquerque, NM

September 28th, 2019
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
Albuquerque, NM

Join Emily May, Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, at the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge for the launch of the ABQ Backyard Refuge Program. Emily will host a family-friendly table with interactive activities on pollinators and beneficial insects. Participate in hands-on habitat restoration in the refuge’s wetlands, attend outdoor workshops on gardening for wildlife, and more! Water, a hat and closed-toed shoes are recommended. The event is free and open to the public.

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Pollinator Conservation – Sonora, CA

October 1st, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Senior Center
Sonora, CA

Join Angela Laws, Monarch and Pollinator Ecologist with the Xerces Society, for this presentation on the status of native pollinators and reasons they are declining, with a focus on pesticides, climate change, and what people can do to help.

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Xerces Ambassadors: Animals on the Bay Day – San Diego, CA

October 13th, 2019
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Living Coast Discovery Center
San Diego, CA

Join Xerces Ambassadors to discover the invertebrates of the bay! Learn how to identify an invertebrate, find out what pollinators live in your backyard, and find out how to get involved in community science.

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Bee-loved Plantings for Pollination & Pest Management – Pembroke, NC

October 17th, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
UNCP Thomas Center HUB
Pembroke, NC

Join Nancy Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, to learn how plantings for pollinators also support other beneficial insects that help reduce crop pests, other wildlife, and keep our watersheds healthy. This workshop will highlight common pollinators and other agriculturally beneficial insects, plantings that provide pollen, nectar, and shelter, and ways to improve habitat management through the year.

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The Organic Farming Conference – Mt. Hope, OH

November 7th – 8th, 2019
Mt. Hope Event Center
Mt. Hope, OH

Join Stephanie Frischie, Agronomist and Native Plant Materials Specialist with the Xerces Society, for The Organic Farming Conference, where she will deliver the keynote presentation on pollinators.

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Pollinator Conservation in Agricultural Landscapes – Puyallup, WA

November 19th, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center
Puyallup, WA

Join Eric Lee-Mader, Pollinator Program Co-Director with the Xerces Soceity, and Corin Pease, Pollinator Conservation Planner with the Xerces Society, for this full day workshop. This course will focus on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators and beneficial insects in agricultural landscapes. This course will provide an overview of the farm practices that support pollinators and beneficial insects, such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators.

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