Pollinator Conservation in Agricultural Landscapes – Puyallup, WA
Published on September 9, 2019
November 19th, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center
Join Eric Lee-Mader, Pollinator Program Co-Director with the Xerces Soceity, and Corin Pease, Pollinator Conservation Planner with the Xerces Society, for this full day workshop. This course will focus on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators and beneficial insects in agricultural landscapes. This course will provide an overview of the farm practices that support pollinators and beneficial insects, such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators.
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Succeeding with Pollinator Plantings: the Bees, the Bugs, and the Basics – Oxford, ME
Published on August 29, 2019
September 20th, 2019
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Hooker Family Farm
Join Eric Venturini, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservationist and NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, for this workshop hosted by the Oxford County Soil & Water Conservation District to learn about pollinators and beneficial insects and the key roles they play in our food systems. Eric will cover the basic ecology and identification of pollinator and beneficial insect groups, the status of pollinators in Maine, and discuss what you can do to help support pollinators on your farm and in your region.
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Pollinator Conservation Program Digest – August 2019
Published on August 26, 2019
Select updates from our team of restoration ecologists, entomologists, plant ecologists, and researchers. August’s featured staff conducted a successful pollinator habitat workshop in Nebraska, and have been busy building beetle banks in Iowa.
Xerces Ambassadors: Sauvie Island Jubilee – Portland, OR
Published on August 7, 2019
September 28th, 2019
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Howell Territorial Park
Join Rachel Dunham, Community Engagement Coordinator at the Xerces Society, and Xerces Ambassadors at the West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District’s 75th Anniversary Sauvie Island Jubilee. Be sure to stop by the Xerces table to celebrate harvest season and learn about the pollinators that help bring you the food and drink you love!
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New Xerces Fact Sheet Takes a Deeper Look at Fungicides and Their Effects on Pollinators
Published on August 5, 2019
The Xerces Society’s new fact sheet, Protecting Pollinators from Pesticides: Fungicide Impacts on Pollinators, reviews the current literature on fungicides and pollinators to help piece together potential risks and how best to respond.
Arriving in Stores: Bee Better Certified Blueberries
Published on July 11, 2019
In partnership with AC Foods and Oregon Tilth, we’re pleased to announce the arrival of California Giant brand Bee Better Certified organic blueberries. Sourced from farms near Independence, Oregon and arriving soon at a variety of grocery stores, these berries represent tremendous dedication and conservation ethic by the farms that produced them.
Pollinator Conservation Program Digest – June 2019
Published on June 27, 2019
June’s featured staff share their work with inspiring partners spanning large-scale agriculture, to family farms, to a unique urban agriculture fellowship program. These stories are from all across the country, from central Washington, to Wisconsin, to Virginia.
Establishing Pollinator Habitat at Scattergood Friends School Farm – West Branch, IA
Published on June 25, 2019
September 17th, 2019
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Scattergood Friends School Farm
West Branch, IA
Come learn from Scattergood staff and students, as well as Xerces Society Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist Sarah Foltz Jordan, about the why, when, where and how of pollinator habitat design and installation. Mark and Sarah will address farmer concerns about weed control using organic methods. They will also discuss plugs versus seeds and habitat management. Sarah Nizzi, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner and NRCS partner biologist with Xerces, will join to offer insights about cost-share opportunities available through farm bill programs.
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Introducing Xerces’ Newest Community Science Project: Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas
Published on June 18, 2019
To help further our understanding of, and conservation efforts for, bumble bees, the Xerces Society has launched the Nebraska Bumble Bee Atlas. This community science project offers locals the opportunity to work alongside researchers to collect data that will shed light on the distribution, status, and habitat needs of Nebraska’s bumble bees.
Pollinator Conservation Program Digest – May 2019
Published on May 30, 2019
May’s featured staff share stories of building pollinator habitat that will also support monarchs—one project on a farm in Iowa, and the other in a park in Missouri.
Reflecting on a Multi-Year Conservation Biological Control Project
Published on May 9, 2019
From 2015–2019, the Xerces Society brought a series of 61 day-long courses on conservation biological control to 49 states and 2,000 participants, with far-ranging results.
Pollinator Conservation Program Digest – April 2019
Published on April 30, 2019
April’s featured staff are all Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planners, and are spread across the country—driving the adoption of cover cropping in California, guiding blueberry farmers to become more pollinator-friendly in Maine, and raising awareness of the importance of rangeland for pollinator conservation in North Dakota.
Bee Better Certified Engages the Almond Industry
Published on April 22, 2019
With a robust set of requirements on pesticide use and the highest standards for protecting and restoring pollinator habitat of any food certification, Bee Better Certified represents a new era in biodiversity protection on farms—and what better time to celebrate this program’s growth than during Earth Week?
Bee Better Certified: An Evolving Standard
Published on March 22, 2019
After a year and a half of Bee Better Certified, we have analyzed how the standards work for the many operations that are already implementing them, and have adjusted our requirements accordingly.
Baller Beneficials! The 2019 Xerces Society Division 1 Beneficial Insect Championship
Published on March 21, 2019
The 2019 Xerces Society Division 1 Beneficial Invertebrate Championship was a wild ride, with many upsets—and, of course, at the heart of it was the opportunity to learn about a wide array of fascinating creatures.
Pollinator Conservation Program Digest – January 2019
Published on January 28, 2019
January’s featured staff have been working on establishing pollinator habitat with a multi-year hedgerow project in California’s Central Valley; and, in Maine, collaborating with a diverse array of partners and stakeholders to both facilitate habitat restoration for native bees and navigate the ins and outs of the Endangered Species Act.
Pollinators and the 2018 Farm Bill
Published on January 10, 2019
Although we did not get everything we wanted in the 2018 Farm Bill, the very good news is that pollinators are still a priority for the USDA and the Natural Resource Conservation Service—and formal commitments to support conservation efforts are now in effect for at least the next five years.
Climate News Round-Up: January 2019
Published on January 3, 2019
Climate change is an unprecedented global challenge. The magnitude of the problem and the consequences of inaction can be overwhelming, but there is still time to act. While the federal government is rolling back some of the progress that has been made in reducing carbon emissions, many cities, states, and businesses around the country remain committed to climate action. We can build on this momentum and support further action.
Businesses Aligning with the Life that Sustains Us
Published on December 20, 2018
The trend of business owners aligning with social and environmental causes is on the rise. Here at the Xerces Society, we are feeling these benefits—and are very thankful for the support.
Pollinator Conservation Program Digest – December 2018
Published on December 17, 2018
December’s featured staff hail from Iowa and Minnesota, and have been making significant impacts in their respective states by educating farmers and other members of the public, helping to restore and build new habitat, and pushing for policies that support pollinators and other beneficial insects.
Pollinator Conservation Program Digest – November 2018
Published on December 3, 2018
November’s featured staff hail from Minnesota, Indiana, and California, and have been conducting training and outreach events, helping General Mills to implement their plan to plant 3,300 acres of pollinator habitat, and monitoring farm habitat plantings in the San Joaquin Valley.
Pesticide Program Update: Bee City USA, Treated Seeds, and Protecting Washington’s Waters
Published on November 13, 2018
The Pesticide Team’s efforts are varied, diverse, and plentiful, and thus it is difficult to summarize their work in one blog post! Nevertheless, here are select highlights from the summer and fall.
Pollinator Conservation Program Digest – October 2018
Published on October 23, 2018
Select updates from our team of restoration ecologists, entomologists, plant ecologists, and researchers.
Celebrate Invertebrates During National Apple Month
Published on October 10, 2018
We owe our beautiful autumn apple harvest to invertebrates—pollinators and beneficial insects alike. No matter how you obtain your apples—whether you pick them yourself, grab them at the grocery store, or go bobbing for them—it is important to take a moment to remember the invertebrates that make this delicious harvest possible.
Can Robobees Solve the Pollination Crisis?
Published on September 17, 2018
The problem is more complex than just crops. At least 85 percent of all terrestrial plant species either require or strongly benefit from some form of animal pollination, and the idea of robotic pollinators ignores the many wild plants in meadows, prairies, hedgerows, and forests. Focusing solely on crop pollination and failing to take the pollination of native plants into account may well lead to a deterioration in the plant communities that make up the very fabric of our environment.
Sran Family Orchards: The First Bee Better Certified Farm
Published on January 10, 2018
As 2017 was drawing to a close, while many people were planning to fanfare the New Year, Sran Family Orchards quietly passed a different milestone: It became the first farm to become Bee Better Certified. Gaining this certification is recognition for the Sran family’s years of unheralded dedication, and we couldn’t be happier that Sran Read more …
Re-Flowering the Valley
Published on October 13, 2017
This article originally appeared in our Spring 2017 issue of Wings Magazine When he visited California in the late 1800s, John Muir encountered a remarkable sight: “At my feet lay the Great Central Valley of California, level and flowery, like a lake of pure sunshine, forty or fifty miles wide, five hundred miles long, one Read more …
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