Mormon crickets and grasshoppers are an important part of western grassland ecosystems, supporting the food needs of dozens of bird species such as the declining American Kestrel and Western Meadowlark. Yet public lands in the Western United States, especially in Montana, Wyoming, and Oregon, are frequently sprayed with pesticides to kill these important native insects.
Join American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation on March 7th at 2pm MT/4pm ET to find out how this program impacts important bird prey like caterpillars and beetles. ABC's Hardy Kern and Xerces' Sharon Selvaggio will discuss how conserving habitat for beneficial invertebrates, as well as birds and other grasshopper predators, is part of the solution for keeping grasshopper populations manageable.
- Hardy Kern, Director of Government Relations, Birds and Pesticides Campaign, ABC
- Sharon Selvaggio, Pesticide Program Specialist, Xerces Society
If you can't make the webinar live, RSVP now and we'll send you a recording to enjoy when the time is right for you!
Register here today for this free webinar!
Sharon Selvaggio - Pesticide Program Specialist - Xerces Society
Sharon assists Xerces staff, partners, and the public to reduce reliance on pesticides and understand pesticide risk to invertebrates. Sharon previously worked at Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Forest Service, and integrates her focus on pesticides with her experience managing natural areas and agricultural lands. Sharon earned a Master of Science in energy and resources and a Bachelor of Arts in biology, both from the University of California, Berkeley. Sharon spends a lot of time in her vegetable garden, which has an always-buzzing insectary/pollinator patch, and she is a frequent visitor to the Pacific northwest's wildlands for recreation