Society for Ecological Restoration: Midwest-Great Lakes Annual Meeting – Pella, IA

Published on March 19, 2019

April 11th – 14th, 2019
Central College
Pella, IA

Join Xerces Society staff for this three day meeting that will explore innovative restoration connections to meet future challenges. Sarah Foltz Jordan, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with Xerces, will be presenting at the plenary session on Pollinator Habitat Restoration at Multiple Spatial Scales. In addition, Sarah and Sarah Nizzi, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner and NRCS Partner Biologist with Xerces, will be leading a workshop on organic habitat restoration strategies.

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Earth Day 5K Bee Run / Walk / River Cleanup – Minneapolis, MN

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April 20th, 2019
7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Mill City Running
Minneapolis, MN

Bee with us for a family-friendly 5k run/walk along the Mississippi River to celebrate Earth Day. Following the race, take part in an organized river cleanup, learn about efforts to protect pollinators with Karin Jokela from the Xerces Society, and enjoy live music, entertainment, and Earth Day festivities. Bee costumes encouraged, with prizes for the best!

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Cool Season Cover Crops Field Day – Lockeford, CA

Published on March 18, 2019

March 21st, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Lockeford Plant Materials Center
Lockeford, CA

Join Jessa Kay-Cruz, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, for this field day on cool season cover crops. The benefits of cover crops include nitrogen accumulation and retention, enhanced nutrient cycling as microbial populations increase, weed suppression and pollinator and beneficial insect habitat. Use of cover crops over time will increase soil organic matter and improve soil health, increase rainfall infiltration and soil water holding capacity, reduce soil compaction and erosion. Economic benefits can include a reduction in inputs of fertilizer, pesticides and number of irrigations required. All are welcome. There is no registration for this event, but we request that you email Shawn.Vue@ca.usda.gov if you plan to attend.

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Cover Crops Workshop – Mentone, CA

Published on March 12, 2019

March 27th, 2019
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Citrus Grove
Mentone, CA

Join Kathryn Prince, Pollinator Conservation Planner & NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, for this cover crops workshop. Topics will include a basic introduction to cover crops, cover crop varieties, how to use cover crops to increase pollinators and control aphids, and ow to maintain and terminate cover crops.

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2019 Day of Insects – Ames, IA

Published on March 8, 2019

March 30th, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Reiman Gardens
Ames, IA

The Annual Day of Insects brings together professionals, academics, advocates and enthusiasts of all levels from across the country to explore and celebrate entomology (the study of insects). Topics often include insects native to Iowa, exotic insects, endangered insects, conservation efforts and new educational programs aimed at advancing the appreciation of all invertebrates. Be sure to stop by the Xerces Society table to chat with Sarah Nizzi, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner and NRCS Partner Biologist with Xerces. Registration closes on March 25th.

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12th Annual CNGA Field Day at Hedgerow Farms – Winters, CA

Published on March 7, 2019

April 26th, 2019
8:45 AM – 4:00 PM
Hedgerow Farms
Winters, CA

Join Kathryn Prince, Pollinator Conservation Planner & NRCS Parnter Biologist with the Xerces Society, for a day of field tours, expert talks, networking, and beautiful scenery at Hedgerow Farms in partnership with the California Native Grasslands Association. Morning refreshments begin at 8:00 AM. Space is limited, register soon!

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Xerces Ambassadors: Washington County Master Gardeners Plant Sale at PCC Rock Creek Campus – Portland, OR

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April 27th, 2019
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
PCC Rock Creek Campus
Portland, OR

Look through a variety of plants and join the Xerces Ambassadors to learn about the diversity of bees in Portland and get tips on how to help pollinators in your garden.

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North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University Hedgerow

Pollinator Conservation Program Digest – February 2019

Published on February 25, 2019

February’s featured staff member has been working on a hedgerow featuring diverse native species in North Carolina.

Quino checkerspot butterfly

National Butterfly Center Gets Reprieve—But Border Wall Will Impact Much More

Published on February 15, 2019

There are many reasons to oppose the wall along the southern border—including the loss of habitat for some of our smallest and most important animals.

Cedaroak Trillium Garden

Cedaroak Park Primary School Gardens Offer Learning Opportunities

Published on February 11, 2019

Being assigned to create an interpretive panel for Cedaroak Park Primary School, where I attended grade school, was a special experience.

New Year’s Count of Western Monarchs Confirms Decline, Trends Seen in Previous Years

Published on February 5, 2019

Overall, the count data revealed an average decrease of 38% between the Thanksgiving and New Year’s counts.

Xerces Society habitat planting in California's Central Valley

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.

Pollinator habitat at a Tree Top Grower's orchard

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.

Prairie wildflowers

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.

Where Do Pollinators Go in the Winter?

Published on December 10, 2018

As the leaves and temperatures drop, it might be tempting to forget about your pollinator garden until spring. But don’t call it quits just yet! While it may seem like the bees have vanished for the year, they haven’t actually gone anywhere.

Rusty patched bumble bee (Bombus affinis)

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.


Fall Garden Tips to Benefit Bumble Bees All Year

Published on October 30, 2018

The growing season may be winding down, but fall is an important time to create habitat for bumble bees and other native pollinators. The work you do now will help support overwintering pollinators and support the next generation of bumble bees.

Funastrum cynanchoides

Pollinator Conservation Program Digest – October 2018

Published on October 23, 2018

Select updates from our team of restoration ecologists, entomologists, plant ecologists, and researchers.

Firefly jar

Keeping the Lights Burning: The Status of Fireflies in the United States and Canada

Published on October 1, 2018

If there is one thing we have discovered during our assessment effort, it is that there is still much to be learned about the world of fireflies. Xerces will continue to seek a better understanding of these enchanting animals and how best to protect them. May their lights shine on for their sakes, and for ours.

Newly released monarch overwintering site management plan provides blueprint for protecting and managing monarch groves

Published on March 2, 2018

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Groundswell Coastal Ecology, California Department of Parks and Recreation, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have developed a western monarch butterfly overwintering site management plan that also serves as a template for land managers at other overwintering sites. The Monarch Butterfly Overwintering Site Management Plan for Lighthouse Field Read more …

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 …

Small Farms, Big Impact: Pollinator Habitat in the Midwest

Published on June 23, 2017

This article originally appeared in our Spring 2017 issue of Wings – available here “Prairie!” Just that one word in the subject line of an email from Erin, a Minnesota vegetable farmer with whom I am working, and I knew it was going to be a great message. The email itself was a series of photographs Read more …