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Xerces Events

Due to the coronavirus, we will not be holding or participating in any in-person events during the pandemic. We will resume in-person events as soon as it is safe and appropriate. In the meantime, we are committed to presenting as many events online as we can, including a new series of Xerces-hosted webinars. (Webinars will be close captioned and recordings added to our YouTube channel.)


The list of events on this page will be updated regularly. You can also find updates on social media and via our e-newsletter. If you have questions, please contact Liz Robertson at [email protected]


Please note that we are still accepting in-person speaker requests for 2021 events, although this may change depending on public health guidance. In the meantime, we can provide talks through platforms such as Zoom and Google Hangouts. Please fill out our speaker request form here. For questions regarding the speaker request form contact Rachel Dunham at [email protected]


May 11 & May 13
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
Virtual Workshop

Join Katie Lamke, Endangered Species Conservation Biologist, in a collaborative effort to track and conserve Missouri's native bumble bees through this virtual training. The Missouri Bumble Bee Atlas is a statewide community science project aimed at tracking and conserving our native bumble bees. Join us in this two-part workshop to learn about bumble bee biology, their conservation status, how to identify the 10 species found in Missouri, and how to participate in the Atlas. This workshop will equip you with the skills needed to conduct an Atlas survey, including how to net and photograph bumble bees, and how to submit your findings to the project. The Atlas is a catch-and-release project so no bumble bees are harmed during the surveys.

Anyone with an interest in supporting pollinators is encouraged to join - No experience is necessary to participate in the Atlas.

Click here for more information and to register for both sessions.

May 17 & May 19
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)

Join Rich Hatfield, Senior Endangered Species Conservation Biologist & Bumble Bee Conservation Lead, in a 2-part virtual training for the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas Project.  This workshop will prepare community scientists and agency biologists for the next phase of the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas. Building on the success of the project and the information gathered since 2018, this project will adapt a slight change in focus starting in 2021 with a focused eye toward learning more about the rare species in our region: the western bumble bee, Morrison's bumble bee, the Suckley cuckoo bumble bee and Franklin's bumble bee. We will also continue to emphasize the importance of long-term monitoring throughout the region. As such, this workshop is for our most seasoned veterans as well as newcomers to this community science project.

The agenda will cover an overview of bumble bee ecology and conservation (including lessons learned and results from phase 1 of the project) as well as additional details about how the change in focus will guide our survey efforts in 2021-2024.  * Please note that you must register for both workshops!


Click here for more information and to register for Part 1 on 5/17/2021.

Click here for more information and to register for Part 2 on 5/19/2021. 


May 18
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT / 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT / 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

While pollinator conservation efforts among universities continue to grow, many others remain unengaged. Demonstrating the value of pollinator conservations among students may help encourage university leaders to take action. Join Dr. Jerrod Penn to learn about the research that he and Wuyang Hu did to investigate the role of student interest in pollinator conservation actions. This webinar will include an overview of their study and their finding that certification generally creates positive benefits greater than costs.

Jerrod Penn, PhD – Jerrod is an assistant professor of environmental/resource economics and sustainability at Louisiana State University. His work focuses on individual behavior and preferences to understand economic values for changes in the environment such as species abundance and diversity. His collaborations include work on resource conservation for pollinators, sustainable forestry, outdoor recreation, beach management, and agriculture.

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

Click here for more information and to register.