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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 16th
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
Virtual Event

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 prey on crop pests.  This online short course is intended for NRCS staff, Soil and Water Conservation staff, Extension Educators, farmers and other agricultural professionals in the northeastern US, but anyone is welcome to attend. Participants will learn about common soil invertebrates, their ecology and roles in soil health, scouting methods, and management strategies to increase beneficial soil animal populations. For more information such as the course agenda and learning objectives, please click here.


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

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.


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