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Exploring Bee Better Certified – Grinnell, IA

Published on July 17, 2019

July 31st, 2019
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Grinnell Heritage Farm
Grinnell, IA

Interested in learning more about Bee Better Certified? Join our Bee Better team, and our hosts, Grinnell Heritage Farm, for our first Midwestern field day. Besides being one of Iowa’s oldest farms, and a regional vegetable production powerhouse, Grinnell Heritage Farm has one of the most advanced conservation agriculture systems in the United States. With native plant hedgerows, beetle banks to support predatory insects, flowering pollinator field borders, and more, this tour will showcase Bee Better Certified farming in action. A vegetarian lunch will be provided.

Click here for more information. To RSVP, email liz.robertson@xerces.org by July 24th.


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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.


Women’s Conservation Learning Circle – Peru, IN

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July 29th, 2019
8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
McClure’s Orchard
Peru, IN

Join Stephanie Frischie, Native Plant Materials Specialist with the Xerces Society, for this event to learn about pollinator habitat and how to incorporate pollinator friendly practices on your land.

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Pollinator and Beneficial Insect Field Day – Boise, ID

Published on July 9, 2019

July 19th, 2019
9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Global Gardens
Boise, ID

Join Jessa Kay Cruz, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, for this field day to increase your knowledge of pollinators and other beneficial insects. Last summer, NCAP and Xerces Society partnered with Global Gardens to install a beetle bank and hedgerow to attract predatory beetles, native bees, monarch butterflies, and other beneficial insects. Come check out the progress and learn more! Experts will cover site assessment, site preparation, plant selection, and insect field observation and identification. You’ll leave having all the knowledge you need to do it yourself.

Click here for more information and to register.


Field Day: Establishing Pollinator Habitat on Organic Farms – Winona, MN

Published on July 8, 2019

August 8th, 2019
9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Wiscoy Community Center (Classroom Session)
Blue Fruit Farm (Farm Tour)
Winona, MN

Join Karin Jokela, Pollinator Conservation Planner with the Xerces Society, and staff from MOSES (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service) and Prairie Moon Nursery for a hands-on technical training about establishing native pollinator habitat on organic farms. The training provides an overview of the organic farms, national standards, and pollinator habitats, and includes a tour of Blue Fruit Farm — an exemplary farm that integrates pollinator habitat into their organic fruit operation. Target audience: NRCS Agents, County Conservationists, and Technical Service Providers in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa.

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Pollinator Habitat Planning and Seed Mix Design Training – Baxter, MN

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July 26th, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
MPCA Brainerd Office – Conference Room
Baxter, MN

Join Xerces-NRCS Partner Biologist Karin Jokela, and BWSR Training Conservationist Kelly Voigt, as they address the basics of pollinator habitat planning and seed mix design. Participants will learn about the latest techniques for site prep (including some organic methods), seeding, and post-seeding management. There will also be a classroom-based, in-depth module on seed mix design. We’ll apply the classroom learning during an afternoon field visit to a pollinator planting. The afternoon portion of the session will be in the field so dress appropriately for the weather. Target Audience: MN NRCS and Conservation District staff.

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Pollinator Habitat Planning and Seed Mix Design Training – Bagley, MN

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July 25th, 2019
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Bagley Public Library
Bagley, MN

Join Xerces-NRCS Partner Biologist Karin Jokela, and BWSR Training Conservationist Kelly Voigt, as they address the basics of pollinator habitat planning and seed mix design. Participants will learn about the latest techniques for site prep (including some organic methods), seeding, and post-seeding management. There will also be a classroom-based, in-depth module on seed mix design. We’ll apply the classroom learning during an afternoon field visit to a pollinator planting. The afternoon portion of the session will be in the field so dress appropriately for the weather. Target Audience: MN NRCS and Conservation District staff.

Click here for more information and to register.


Central Washington pollinator habitat planting - Xerces Society

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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Working to Conserve Monarchs from Coast to Coast

Published on June 21, 2019

The migration of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus plexippus) is an awe-inspiring sight that heralds the changing seasons across much of North America. Sadly, these inspiring migrations have experienced significant declines in the past few decades. The Xerces Society is working across the U.S. to conserve this beloved species, and there are a number of ways you can help!


Remember the Ground Nesting Bees when You Make Your Patch of Land Pollinator-Friendly

Published on June 20, 2019

Seventy percent of native bee species in the United States are ground nesting. Providing nesting sites (they are drawn to sunny, bare soil) and reducing or eliminating pesticide use is key to supporting these important pollinators.


Managing Invertebrate-Friendly Gardens

Published on June 19, 2019

Many Xerces Society members create wildlife gardens that are particularly hospitable to invertebrates, and among them are some wonderful examples. I recently spoke with Bert and Betty Feingold, Lenora Larson, and Dennis Krusac and Jacqueline Belwood to find out more about how these dedicated gardeners care for insects in their own backyards.


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Bee City USA: Galvanizing Communities to Reverse Pollinator Decline

Published on June 17, 2019

It is imperative that we change our idea of a desirable landscape away from one of large green lawns treated with chemicals and bordered by predominantly exotic plants to one of a diversity of native plants free of pesticides. This effort takes place one person, one neighborhood, and one community at a time, and the most successful affiliates recognize that becoming a Bee City is not a short-term commitment.


Xerces Society Pollinator Habitat sign

Bring Back the Pollinators During National Pollinator Week

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Celebrate Pollinator Week by committing to bring back the pollinators! Our Bring Back the Pollinators campaign is based on the fact that pollinators need only a few things, which anyone can provide in a remarkably small space: flowers from which to drink nectar and gather pollen, a place to lay eggs or build a nest, and freedom from pesticides.


Planting for Pollinators: Conserving Native Pollinators in Towns and Cities – Milwaukie, OR

Published on June 11, 2019

July 27th, 2019
10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
St. Paul’s Methodist Church
Milwaukie, OR

Join Xerces staff and partners for this workshop that will open a window into the fascinating world of North America’s native bees and butterflies, introduce you to what they need, and examine the threats that make the future daunting for them. You will learn about native bee and other insect natural history, their importance to our environment and food supply, and most importantly, the straightforward steps you can take to create lasting change in our urban landscapes to better support bees and other wildlife in your community.

Click here for more information and to register.


Monarch and golden soldier beetle on thistle

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.


Southern Appalachian Native Meadows at the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference – Cullowhee, NC

Published on May 22, 2019

July 19th, 2019
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC

Join botanist Gary Kauffman with the National Forest in North Carolina, and Nancy Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, for a hands-on native grasses workshop highlighting natural communities that inspire ecological landscaping. We’ll see where grass communities and their diverse wildflowers and pollinators are more common and why, touch on native grassland establishment and long term maintenance, and help identify species using keys.

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Taking a Stand for Firefly Species Facing Extinction

Published on May 15, 2019

The Xerces Society and the Center for Biological Diversity have submitted a joint petition for the emergency listing of the Bethany Beach firefly (Photuris bethaniensis)—with a request for the concurrent designation of critical habitat—under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).


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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.


Flowering clover in almond orchard

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.


How to Support Monarch Butterfly Conservation—During Earth Week and Beyond!

Published on April 27, 2019

Helping the monarch back to full health isn’t going to be easy or quick, but we can’t stand by and do nothing. If we all plant a small patch of milkweed and nectar plants, and all think about how we can change our actions to make things better for monarchs, together we can transform the landscape to allow the monarch to rebound—and give our children the gift of watching orange wings flap in the sunshine.


Long-horned bee

Bee City USA Mobilizes Communities to Support Imperiled Pollinators—Here’s How to Join

Published on April 26, 2019

Earth Week is an inspiring time, brimming with opportunities to make a difference in the days following Earth Day—and beyond. If you want to mobilize your city or county to make room for pollinators, then the Xerces Society’s initiative, Bee City USA, may have the formula you need. Bee City USA founder Phyllis Stiles explains how to get your community certified.


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Pesticide-Free Gardening Tips for Earth Week and Beyond

Published on April 23, 2019

In a home garden, the Xerces Society urges people to consider non-chemical pest management. To meet this challenge, please consider spending Earth Week in the garden, enjoying the diversity of insects, and taking a few of the actions outlined below to simultaneously minimize pest problems and avoid the use of pesticides.


Bee Better Certified pollinator habitat at Erdman Family Farms

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?


Earth Week - Xerces Society

Pledge to Bring Back the Pollinators—on Earth Day and Every Day

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During Earth Week 2019, we are asking you to consider taking simple, yet impactful, steps to make the world better for bees, butterflies, and other essential invertebrates.


Connecting the Dots for Pollinator Conservation: Wildflower Meadows and Pollinator Habitat – Durham, NH

Published on April 19, 2019

July 30th, 2019
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Woodman Research Farm
Durham, NH

Join Mace Vaughan, Pollinator Program Co-Director with the Xerces Society, for this field day at the University of New Hampshire Research Farm. The event will include a presentation by Mace, a research field tour, and updates on the NH Pollinator Plan, the 2019 Bee Bill, cost share programs and other efforts to conserve and protect pollinators at the local, state, and national levels. Mace will discuss the growing number of efforts by which citizens, farmers, gardeners, researchers, and others are banding together to turn around the decline in pollinators. There is no charge for attending this event.

Click here for more information and to register.


Community Scientists Take on the Cultivar Conundrum

Published on April 10, 2019

The Xerces Society’s blog post “Picking Plants for Pollinators: The Cultivar Conundrum” highlighted the lack of research on this topic, which limits our ability to make informed choices regarding the use of cultivars for supporting pollinators and other beneficial insects. To help address this knowledge gap, Budburst launched the Nativars research project in 2018.


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.


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.


Aster

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.


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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 …


White-lined sphinx moth pollinating a thistle by night

To Protect Moths—Turn Out the Lights!

Published on July 27, 2017

Happy Moth Week! National Moth Week is the last full week in July and is a time to get outside—day or night—and appreciate these less-celebrated Lepidoptera species. In celebration of Moth Week we’re sharing the following excerpt from our book Gardening For Butterflies, which includes a chapter on moths and what you can do to attract and support them.


Gardening For Moths

Published on July 21, 2017

Few people take notice of moths, despite their close relationship with butterflies. Even fewer people intentionally create gardens for them. The muted colors of many species, along with the reputation of a tiny fraction of them as crop or wardrobe pests has done little to endear moths to the average gardener.  But the truth is that moths are a beautiful and interesting wildlife group that anyone can attract to a garden.


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 …