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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]

 

June 17
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
Webinar

 

Usually when people hear the buzz phrase “pollinator conservation” they think of bees and butterflies, not people. However, people have an essential role to play in pollinator conservation. Join guest speaker, Shannon Westlake, to learn about the human side of pollinator conservation and the various actions you can take to get more involved with supporting our native insect pollinator friends.

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.

June 22
6:00 PM MT
Webinar

 

Join Kaitlin Haase, Southwest Pollinator Conservation Specialist, as she highlights public green spaces in Santa Fe that provide food and shelter for pollinators. Learn where and how to observe common pollinators in Santa Fe and what you can do to provide habitat for pollinators in your own yard

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.

June 23
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (PDT) / 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (MDT) / 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT) / 8:00 - 9:00 PM (EDT)
Webinar

Celebrate Pollinator Week by joining in a fun and informative happy hour Q&A with a panel of Xerces Society pollinator conservation experts!  For 50 years, the Xerces Society has worked to protect and conserve pollinators and their habitats. Our amazing staff are national leaders getting science-based guidance for pollinator conservation into the hands of farmers, ranchers, gardeners, and other land managers. During this Q&A, participants will have the opportunity to directly ask Xerces staff about anything and everything related to pollinator conservation, native habitat restoration, pesticide use and impacts, climate change resilience, grazing management, and more. We’ll also be distributing door prizes such as Xerces Society books, habitat signs, and more to attendees throughout the hour! Closed Captioning will be available during this webinar.

 

This event will be emceed by Eric Lee-Mäder (Pollinator Program Co-Director) and the panelists are: Stephanie Frischie (Agronomist, Native Plant Materials Specialist), Kelly Gill (Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Region), Sarah Hoyle (Pesticide Program Specialist), Jennifer Hopwood (Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Midwest),  Karin Jokela (Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner, Minnesota), Jessa Kay Cruz (Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist, California and the Intermountain West), Angela Laws (Endangered Species Conservation Biologist and Climate Change Lead), Molly Martin (Bee City USA Coordinator), and Ray Moranz (Grazing Lands Pollinator Ecologist).

 

This webinar will be available via zoom (click here to register) and through Facebook Live on the Xerces Society Facebook page at the time of the event.

 

June 24
6:00 PM (CDT)
Webinar

Join Jennifer Hopwood of the Xerces Society to learn about the vast diversity of bees in our backyard and beyond. From tiny solitary species that make their homes in old stems to charismatic bumble bees, you'll learn about the amazing lives these animals lead, as well as of their importance to us and to our world. This talk will also highlight specialist bees and their link to native plants, and steps we can all take to support these important animals.

 

Click here for more information or contact [email protected]

July 1
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
Webinar

Fireflies are surely among the greatest ambassadors for Earth’s natural magic. For centuries their ethereal beauty has sparked wonder and inspired poets, artists, and children of all ages. Yet they also hold so many mysteries! Join guest speaker Sara Lewis, an expert on fireflies, to learn how they got their bright lights, explore their remarkable lifestyles, hear how human activities put fireflies at risk, and learn what you can do to help protect these charismatic insects.

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.

July 8
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
Webinar

Franklin's bumble bee (Bombus franklini) has been proposed for protection under the Endangered Species Act. Unfortunately, this species has not been seen since Dr. Robbin Thorp (UC Davis) detected a lone worker in 2006. However, this species inhabits one of the most wild (and beautiful) regions of the Pacific Northwest, and historic survey effort throughout its range has been focused on only a few localities; a more concerted effort to find it is needed — and you can help!  Join Endangered Species Conservation Biologists at the Xerces Society, Rich Hatfield and Leif Richardson, and Wildlife Biologist at the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Jeff Everett in this workshop to discuss the known ecology of this species (and other bumble bees), and the conservation challenges it faces. We will share historic localities, as well as some of the best places to go looking. We will also cover the practicalities of surveying for a proposed endangered species, with participation from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

 

Click here for more information and to register.

August 12
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
Webinar

Join Akito Y. Kawahara, the lead researcher at the Florida Museum of Natural History's McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, to learn about how to help save our important insects.

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.

September 23
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
Webinar

 

Join Paola Olaya Arenas, a postdoctoral fellow at Institute Alexander von Humboldt, as she talks about her research on insect pests and natural enemies in Bogotá.

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.

October 21
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
Webinar

Biodiversity across the globe and throughout the tree of life is in major flux, and understanding the nature and causes of these changes is critical for developing effective conservation and management strategies. Pollinators are an especially important group to understand biodiversity change in, given the ecosystem and agricultural services that they provide, and bumblebees are a particularly important group of wild native pollinators found across North America and Europe. Over the last few decades, many species across this group have been declining, with links being made to climate change and habitat loss as the culprits. Join Peter Soroye, Conservation Biologist, to learn about his PhD research, looking at many species across multiple continents to explore how climate change has affected North America and European bumblebees over the last 120 years, and how human land use and habitat loss change that relationship.

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.

November 11
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
Webinar

 

Join Matt Forister, Professor of Biology and Insect Ecology at the University of Nevada, as he explores data from different long term sources on western butterfly species and habitats and an overview of threats in the west.

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.