Events

Pollinator Habitat Planning and Seed Mix Design Training – Bagley, MN

July 25th, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Bagley Public Library
Bagley, MN

Join Xerces-NRCS Partner Biologist Karin Jokela, and BWSR Training Conservationist Kelly Voigt, as they address the basics of pollinator habitat planning and seed mix design. Participants will learn about the latest techniques for site prep (including some organic methods), seeding, and post-seeding management. There will also be a classroom-based, in-depth module on seed mix design. We’ll apply the classroom learning during an afternoon field visit to a pollinator planting. The afternoon portion of the session will be in the field so dress appropriately for the weather. Target Audience: MN NRCS and Conservation District staff.

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Pollinator Habitat Planning and Seed Mix Design Training – Baxter, MN

July 26th, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
MPCA Brainerd Office – Conference Room
Baxter, MN

Join Xerces-NRCS Partner Biologist Karin Jokela, and BWSR Training Conservationist Kelly Voigt, as they address the basics of pollinator habitat planning and seed mix design. Participants will learn about the latest techniques for site prep (including some organic methods), seeding, and post-seeding management. There will also be a classroom-based, in-depth module on seed mix design. We’ll apply the classroom learning during an afternoon field visit to a pollinator planting. The afternoon portion of the session will be in the field so dress appropriately for the weather. Target Audience: MN NRCS and Conservation District staff.

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Planting for Pollinators: Conserving Native Pollinators in Towns and Cities – Milwaukie, OR

July 27th, 2019
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
St. Paul’s Methodist Church
Milwaukie, OR

Join Xerces staff and partners for this workshop that will open a window into the fascinating world of North America’s native bees and butterflies, introduce you to what they need, and examine the threats that make the future daunting for them. You will learn about native bee and other insect natural history, their importance to our environment and food supply, and most importantly, the straightforward steps you can take to create lasting change in our urban landscapes to better support bees and other wildlife in your community.

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BEEverton Bee Festival – Beaverton, OR

July 28th, 2019
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Beaverton City Library
Beaverton, OR

Join Xerces Ambassadors at the Beaverton Library Bee event to learn about the diversity of native bees in your neighborhood and how you can help them. Come by the Xerces table to color a butterfly mask and get involved in community science!

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Women’s Conservation Learning Circle – Peru, IN

July 29th, 2019
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
McClure’s Orchard
Peru, IN

Join Stephanie Frischie, Native Plant Materials Specialist with the Xerces Society, for this event to learn about pollinator habitat and how to incorporate pollinator friendly practices on your land.

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Connecting the Dots for Pollinator Conservation: Wildflower Meadows and Pollinator Habitat – Durham, NH

July 30th, 2019
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Woodman Research Farm
Durham, NH

Join Mace Vaughan, Pollinator Program Co-Director with the Xerces Society, for this field day at the University of New Hampshire Research Farm. The event will include a presentation by Mace, a research field tour, and updates on the NH Pollinator Plan, the 2019 Bee Bill, cost share programs and other efforts to conserve and protect pollinators at the local, state, and national levels. Mace will discuss the growing number of efforts by which citizens, farmers, gardeners, researchers, and others are banding together to turn around the decline in pollinators. There is no charge for attending this event.

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Exploring Bee Better Certified – Grinnell, IA

July 31st, 2019
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Grinnell Heritage Farm
Grinnell, IA

Interested in learning more about Bee Better Certified? Join our Bee Better team, and our hosts, Grinnell Heritage Farm, for our first Midwestern field day. Besides being one of Iowa’s oldest farms, and a regional vegetable production powerhouse, Grinnell Heritage Farm has one of the most advanced conservation agriculture systems in the United States. With native plant hedgerows, beetle banks to support predatory insects, flowering pollinator field borders, and more, this tour will showcase Bee Better Certified farming in action. A vegetarian lunch will be provided.

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Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee Workshop – Toddville, IA

August 3rd, 2019
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Wickiup Hill Learning Center
Toddville, IA

Join Sarah Nizzi, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner and NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, and staff from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for this bumble bee workshop. The day will begin with a brief presentation, and then will primarily be held in the field conducting bumble bee surveys, with a high focus on the rusty-patched bumble bee.

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Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas Training – Bennington, NE

August 3rd, 2019
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Glacier Creek Preserve
Bennington, NE

Join us for this full-day training lead by Katie Lamke, Bumble Bee Conservation Specialist, and Jennifer Hopwood, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, to learn about bumble bees, their conservation status, and how to participate in the Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas. This training is provided for anyone who has a curiosity for bumble bees and flowers, and an interest in contributing to an important citizen science project to provide a better understanding of the status of native bumble bees in Nebraska. Please join this project and help collect critical information on local bumble bees. With your help, we can create an army of trained volunteers equipped with cameras and vials, and collect bumble bee data throughout our region.

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Field Day: Establishing Pollinator Habitat on Organic Farms – Winona, MN

August 8th, 2019
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Wiscoy Community Center (Classroom Session)
Blue Fruit Farm (Farm Tour)
Winona, MN

Join Karin Jokela, Pollinator Conservation Planner with the Xerces Society, and staff from MOSES (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service) and Prairie Moon Nursery for a hands-on technical training about establishing native pollinator habitat on organic farms. The training provides an overview of the organic farms, national standards, and pollinator habitats, and includes a tour of Blue Fruit Farm — an exemplary farm that integrates pollinator habitat into their organic fruit operation. Target audience: NRCS Agents, County Conservationists, and Technical Service Providers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

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Ask the Expert: How to Support Pollinators at Home and on the Farm – Hutchinson, MN

August 10th, 2019
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
McLeod County Fairgrounds
Hutchinson, MN

Join Karin Jokela, Pollinator Conservation Planner, for the annual Minnesota Garlic Festival – a community event for lovers of garlic, but also a celebration of local foods and sustainable farming. Hosted by the Crow River chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association, the family-friendly festival will include food, celebrity chefs, live music, games, and an “Ask the Expert” stage, where you can throw all your pollinator habitat questions at Karin from noon to 1:00 PM.

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Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas Training – Lincoln, NE

August 17th, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Hardin Hall Auditorium – University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE

Join us for this full-day training lead by Katie Lamke, Jennifer Hopwood, and Rae Powers of the Xerces Society, to learn about bumble bees, their conservation status, and how to participate in the Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas. This training is provided for anyone who has a curiosity for bumble bees and flowers, and an interest in contributing to an important citizen science project to provide a better understanding of the status of native bumble bees in Nebraska. Please join this project and help collect critical information on local bumble bees. With your help, we can create an army of trained volunteers equipped with cameras and vials, and collect bumble bee data throughout our region.

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Bee Friendly To Pollinators Day – Greensboro, NC

August 17th, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Guilford County Cooperative Extension Demonstration Garden
Greensboro, NC

Join Nancy Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, along with Guilford County Master Gardeners and Beekeepers, and a host of other groups for a fun-filled day. There will be activities for kids, food for everyone, and lots of learning about native bees, honey bees, butterflies, and many other pollinators and plants. Find live monarch caterpillars on the common milkweed, and black swallowtail butterfly caterpillars on the fennel, parsley, and dill in the garden! Learn how to make a native Bee&Bee!

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Xerces Ambassadors: Oregon Zoo Twilight Tuesday – Portland, OR

August 20th, 2019
4:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Oregon Zoo
Portland, OR

Join Xerces Society Ambassadors for Twilight Tuesday at the Oregon Zoo, where we’ll show you the bees in your backyard and neighborhood, the importance of pollination, and what you can do to help!

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Zahner Conservation Lecture Series – Highlands, NC

August 22nd, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Highlands Nature Center
Highlands, NC

Join Phyllis Stiles, Bee City USA Founder & Pollinator Champion with the Xerces Society, to learn about the plant and pollinator love affair that supports the reproduction of nearly ninety percent of the world’s flowering plant species. Responsible for 1 in 3 bites we eat, hundreds of thousands of species of bees, butterflies, bats, beetles, wasps, moths, birds, and flies have co-evolved with plants for their mutual benefit. Stiles will explain why they are declining and how each of us can help reverse those trends.

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PolliNation Festivial – Minneapolis, MN

August 25th, 2019
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Kierans Kitchen Northeast
Minneapolis, MN

Join Sarah Foltz-Jordan, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, and Karin Jokela, Farm Bill Conservation Planner with the Xerces Society, at this action packed event where you can party with a purpose! Celebrate pollinators and rock out with Minnesota’s best bands under an August sky. Be sure to swing by the Xerces booth to pick up some of our latest and greatest pollinator conservation resources and say hello to Sarah and Karin.

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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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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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