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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]

 

February 22 - 27
Virtual Event

Join Xerces Society staff for their presentations as part of the The Growing Stronger Collaborative Conference on Organic & Sustainable Farming.  With more than 90 workshops and roundtables plus over 100 exhibitors, Growing Stronger provides the content farmers need to make critical decisions for farming success.  

Stephanie Frischie and Jennifer Hopwood (Xerces Society) will be joined by Rick Clark of Clark Land and Cattle for their presentation titled "Underground Invertebrates – Farming with Soil Life" on February 22nd from 12:30 - 2:00 PM (CST).  Soil invertebrates–annelids, springtails, firefly larvae, and others–are fundamental to soil health. They help create soil structure, cycle organic matter, consume weed seeds, and predate crop pests. Learn about common soil invertebrates, their ecology and roles in soil health, scouting methods, and management strategies to increase beneficial soil animal populations. 

Cameron Newell (Xerces Society) is giving a presentation titled "Bee Better Certification: Add Value to Your Farm & Market" on February 24th from 12:30 - 2:00 PM (CST).   Bee Better Certified is a market based incentives program that encourages pollinator conservation work on farms and arms food-industry partners with the tools to communicate their work within their industry and to consumers. This workshop will outline the benefits of farming for bees and provide insights on the program through the lense of farmers who are certified.

 

Click here for more information and to register.

March 2 - 4
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (CST)
Virtual Event

Join Xerces Society staff for their presentations as part of the Best Practices for Pollinators Summit. This event, co-hosted by Pollinator Friendly Alliance and Xerces Society, offers multiple sessions on how to conserve pollinators, reduce pesticides, install and manage habitat, foster soil health, select plant species for high quality restoration projects, and much more. This is a popular Midwest annual conference that attracts land stewards, policymakers, environmental and parks commissions, conservation planners, roadside managers, parks and trails managers, landscapers, educators, and community leaders. 

On March 2nd from 9:15 am - 10:20 am, Sarah Foltz Jordan (Xerces Society) will present with Heather Holm about "Native Plant Powerhouses for Pollinators," emphasizing specialist bees, nesting, and more.

Also on March 2nd from 10:20 am - 11:20 am, Eric Lee-Mader will present, "Soil Health and Invertebrates: Working Below and Above Ground."

Join Karin Jokela on March 4th from 11:00 am - 11:55 am for her talk, "Evaluating Seed Mix Composition for Pollinator Habitat." 

 

Click here for more information and to register. 

March 4
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PST / 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM MST / 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CST / 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Webinar

In this webinar, Mace Vaughan, Xerces Pollinator Program Co-Director, will share whole-farm conservation planning approaches to enhance pollinator and other wildlife habitat on farms, ranches and working forests. Specifically, he will give an overview of key pollinator habitat elements and then discuss a variety of opportunities for incorporating habitat for pollinators and other agriculturally beneficial insects (natural enemies of crop pests) into a wide range of landscapes and conservation practices.

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.

March 12
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM (CST)
Virtual Event

Join Sarah Foltz Jordan, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, for her presentation as a part of the 2021 St. Croix Forestry Conference on Promoting Pollinators in your Woodlands.  Sarah will discuss key plants, woodland enhancements and management practices that benefit wildlife.

 

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March 16
7:00 PM (CST)
Webinar

During this "farminar" hosted by the Practical Farmers of Iowa, learn more from Xerces Society climate change lead, Angela Laws, about how climate change impacts pollinators. Then hear from Sarah Nizzi, Xerces Society farm bill pollinator conservation planner and NRCS partner biologist, about the cost-share and technical assistance programs that can help you sustain pollinators on your farm.

 

Click here for more information and to register.

March 16
10 AM - 11 AM PST / 11 AM - 12 PM MST / 12 PM - 1 PM CST / 1 PM - 2 PM EST
Webinar

Join Nancy Adamson of Xerces to learn about specialist bees and how you can help document plant-pollinator connections. Many bees are pollen specialists, collecting pollen from a single species, genus, or plant family. Despite knowing many of these plant-bee connections, we do not have good images of all these specialist bees. We would love your help documenting them and other invertebrates visiting their host plants. This program will highlight where to find specialist bee information--primarily for the eastern U.S.—and bee phenology information to guide your efforts. We will also discuss how you can help document wildlife via iNaturalist.org and Bugguide.net.

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. 

March 17
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
Webinar

Please join Stephanie Frischie and Jennifer Hopwood of Xerces Society to learn more about the amazing life in our soils.S. Healthy, living soil and its functions are created and maintained by fungi, bacteria, plants and by invertebrate animals as diverse as annelids, springtails, and firefly larvae, among others. Soil invertebrates are fundamental to soil health and create soil structure, cycle organic matter, consume weed seeds and predate crop pests. This workshop will familiarize participants with common soil invertebrates, their ecology and roles in soil health, scouting methods, and management strategies to increase beneficial soil animal populations. 

 

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March 18
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PST / 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM MST / 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CST / 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Webinar

 

Well managed rangelands are home for many species of wildlife, including pollinators, and management decisions play an important role in conserving their habitat. Join Xerces staff as we highlight best management practices to manage rangeland using grazing, fire, or haying to support livestock production and pollinator health.

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.

March 24
8:30 AM (EST)
Webinar

Join Emily May, Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Pesticide Program, to discuss proven ways of attracting and supporting pollinators in managed landscapes. Information provided will include best management practices for pollinators as well as information on plant selection for landscapers and other urban land managers. The presentation is part of the two-day Spring Kickoff for Landscapers event hosted by UMass Extension.

 

Click here for more information and to register.

March 31
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
Webinar

Join Rae Powers and Sarah Nizzi of Xerces Society to learn more about how wetlands can support pollinators, how to select native plants for pollinators on wetlands, common pollinator groups, and to see examples of successful restoration projects that incorporated pollinator habitat. Wetlands are vital--recognized for their importance in protecting water quality, enhancing agricultural production, strengthening community health, and providing wildlife habitat. This webinar highlights how wetland protection and restoration can also support pollinator and other beneficial insect conservation.

 

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April 1
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PST / 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM MST / 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CST / 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Webinar

Please join Stephanie Frischie and Jennifer Hopwood of Xerces Society to learn more about the amazing life in our soils. Healthy, living soil and its functions are created and maintained by fungi, bacteria, plants and by invertebrate animals as diverse as annelids, springtails, and firefly larvae, among others. Soil invertebrates are fundamental to soil health and create soil structure, cycle organic matter, consume weed seeds and predate crop pests. This workshop will familiarize participants with common soil invertebrates, their ecology and roles in soil health, scouting methods, and management strategies to increase beneficial soil animal populations.

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.

April 8
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PST / 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM MST / 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CST / 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Webinar

Discover the mysteries of pollinators and natural enemies of crop pests through this informative webinar. Learn how to differentiate a honey bee from a native bee and how to recognize some of our most common natural enemies of crop pests. This webinar will introduce a simple monitoring protocol designed to help farmers, land-managers and backyard gardeners assess populations of beneficial insects on their farm or in their garden.

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.

April 21
12:00 PM EST
Webinar

Join Dr. Nancy Lee Adamson of Xerces Society to learn about common insects in our communities and how to support them.  Nancy will highlight the difference between solitary and social wasps and bees, “beneficial” insects in agriculture, and ways we can support insects in our neighborhoods and broader communities.


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April 22
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PST / 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM MST / 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CST / 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Webinar

With well over one million known species, insects and other invertebrates eclipse all other forms of life on Earth. They truly are the “little things that run the world.” Though they are indisputably the most important creatures on earth, invertebrates are in trouble. If we hope to stem the losses of insect diversity and the services they provide, society must take steps at all levels to protect, restore and enhance native plant habitat across landscapes, from wildlands to farmlands to urban cores. Join Xerces Executive Director, Scott Hoffman Black, as he explains the latest science on insect declines and how everyone can incorporate invertebrate conservation into their lives.

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.

May 4th
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM (PDT)
Virtual Workshop

Lead by Rich Hatfield, Senior Endangered Species Conservation Biologist with the Xerces Society, this workshop will address the ecology of bumble bees, including their conservation status and the threats they face.  Also included will be best management practices for bumble bees as well as a process to improve these recommendations for California.  Finally, the workshop will cover identification tips for California bumble bees, known ranges of imperiled species, and survey methods to detect their presence.
 

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May 6
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PST / 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM MST / 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CST / 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Webinar

Integrating habitat onto farms and other landscapes can support pollinators and the pollination services they provide. However, flower-rich plantings often require ongoing management to maintain wildflower diversity for pollinators over time. Come learn about a framework for selecting the most appropriate management techniques, and learn how landowners we work with are managing their pollinator plantings.

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.