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The list of events on this page will be updated regularly. To view past webinars, please visit our YouTube channel. We also announce events on social media and via our e-newsletter. If you have questions, please email [email protected].

Feb 27 to Feb 29

Learn ecologically sound land practices that promote pollinators, climate resilience, clean waters and lands. Practical knowledge and innovation on pesticide reduction, habitat installation, fostering soil health, pollinator biology, pollinator conservation and more. This event is hosted by the Pollinator Friendly Alliance and will include many speakers from Xerces.

This event will be recorded and posted to: Pollinator Friendly Alliance: Webinars and Videos


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March 7
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM PT
Cramer Hall 53 - Portland State University
Portland, OR

Portland State University's Department of Environmental Science and Management is presenting a winter seminar series on pollinators. The series continues with Scott Black, executive director of Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. 

Though they are indisputably important, insects and other invertebrates are experiencing a multicontinental crisis evident as reductions in abundance, diversity and biomass. The loss of insect diversity is driven by habitat loss and degradation, pesticide use, climate change, diseases and more. The science is clear: It is impossible to address the loss of biodiversity without addressing climate change, but equally impossible to tackle the full impacts of climate change without working to protect and enhance biodiversity. Scott will discuss how nature-based solutions can address both. 

This event is hosted by the Department of Environmental Science & Management, Portland State University 
Contact: Cat de Riveria, [email protected], 503-725-9798

Learn more here!

Scott Black - Executive Director
Scott Black is an internationally renowned conservationist who has been at the forefront of the conservation movement for three decades. He is executive director of the Xerces Society, which under his leadership has become the premier invertebrate conservation organization in North America.

Scott’s work has led to protection and restoration of habitat on millions of acres of rangelands, forests, and farmland as well as protection for many endangered species. He is an author of the best-selling Attracting Native Pollinators and Gardening for Butterflies and has written more than two hundred other publications, including a recent chapter on climate change and insects. His work has been honored with several awards, including the 2011 Colorado State University College of Agricultural Sciences Honor Alumnus Award, the U.S. Forest Service Wings Across the Americas 2012 Butterfly Conservation Award and the 2019 Wings Across the Americas International Research Partnership Award.

Scott also serves on the science advisory committee of the Nature-Based Climate Solutions, brings together cities, resource specialists, community-based organizations, scientists, innovators, land managers, and others to accelerate the implementation of carbon removal strategies that simultaneously improve the social, economic, and environmental resilience of local communities.

March 9
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM MT
Southside Santa Fe Public Library
Santa Fe, NM

Join Kaitlin Haase, Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, to get inspired for spring pollinator gardening! This presentation will focus on actions you can take in your garden to help provide the food, nesting areas, and safety pollinators need in their habitat. Learn about the different wildflowers and shrubs you can grow to feed bees and butterflies, where to source native pollinator-friendly plants, and how the Santa Fe Pollinator Trail is building habitat patches throughout the city. 

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Kaitlin Haase - Pollinator Consevation Specialist - Southwest
As the Southwest Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Kaitlin works to create climate-resilient, connected pollinator habitat in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. She collaborates with and educates public and private urban land managers in New Mexico and the desert Southwest on pollinator-friendly practices for landscaping, gardening, and open space restoration. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Northern Arizona University, where she studied impacts of drying on aquatic invertebrate diversity in natural and human-made ponds. Before graduate school, she worked as an ecological science technician in a variety of systems across the US, including predator-prey ecology in Michigan, riparian restoration in Virginia, and rare species monitoring in Massachusetts.

Mar 28
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MT/ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT/ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Join Rich Hatfield, Xerces Senior Endangered Species Conservation Biologist, to take a deep dive into the reproductive females of bumble bees, including cuckoo bumble bees. We'll primarily look at the solitary phase of the lifecycle, including what is known about where and how they hibernate, and what we know about what it takes to establish a nest and how they select a site. We'll likely have as many questions as answers in this webinar, but please join us for an exploration into the lesser known aspects of bumble bee ecology.

This webinar will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel. Closed Captioning will be available during this webinar.

Learn more and register here today!

Rich Hatfield - Senior Endangered Species Conservation Biologist, Bumble Bee Conservation Lead - Xerces Society
Rich manages all aspects of the Xerces Society’s work on bumble bees. Rich has a master’s degree in conservation biology from San Francisco State University, and he joined the Xerces Society in 2012. While earning his degree, his thesis focused on local- and landscape-level factors that contribute to bumble bee species richness and abundance. He has also investigated native bee pollination in agricultural systems in the Central Valley of California and researched endangered butterflies in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, as well as throughout the Pacific Northwest. In addition to his skills as a research biologist, Rich also has extensive classroom teaching experience with a focus on conservation biology, ecology, and sustainability.