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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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Blue Ridge Native Meadows at the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference – Cullowhee, NC

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July 17th, 2019
8:30 AM – 5:00 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 day visiting grassland communities along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Grass communities host diverse wildflowers and pollinators. They are a vital part of Appalachian plant communities–in open balds or wetlands or in areas periodically disturbed with tree fall, mowing, or fire, and in shady understory communities. We will visit a variety of sites, learn some of the rare species that are common in the highlands and some common species you might see in other parts of the region, talk about how communities thrive over time, plus enjoy other magnificent flora, fauna, and geology of the Southern Appalachians.

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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). The Bethany Beach firefly is a rare and declining bioluminescent beetle currently known only to inhabit a narrow swath of coastal habitat along the Atlantic shore of Delaware, some of which is undergoing development. An emergency ESA listing would protect this species from imminent extinction by addressing current threats, including habitat loss and fragmentation.


Adirondack Pollinator Symposium – North Creek, NY

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June 5th, 2019
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tannery Pond Community Center
North Creek, NY

New this year, this summit includes a variety of cutting-edge topics for conservation practitioners, including organic site prep for pollinator habitat restoration presented by Sarah Foltz Jordan, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society.

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Grow Native! Workshop – Albany, MO

Published on May 14, 2019

June 21st, 2019
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Hundley-Whaley Research Center
Albany, MO

Join Sarah Nizzi, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner and NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, for this workshop intended for row crop farmers, livestock producers, recreational landowners, and anyone else interested in the many benefits that native plants offer to farms and recreational land. Five experts will present information on how native plants provide benefits to farm revenues, livestock health, pollinators, wildlife, soil health, water quality, and more. Sarah’s presentation will explore the many ways to improve pollinator habitat on farms.

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Diverse Native Hedgerow Exhibit at Small Farms Field Day – Greensboro, NC

Published on May 13, 2019

June 6th, 2019
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
University Farm at NC A&T
Greensboro, NC

Join Nancy Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, for Small Farms Field Day, an annual free event hosted by Cooperative Extension at North Carolina A&T State University that showcases ongoing agricultural research and demonstration projects. The projects focus on sustainable agricultural practices that help small- and limited-resource farmers make more profits. Visit Nancy at the exhibit area to learn about the diverse native hedgerow designed to support pollination and pest management while also reducing wind on the Organic Unit of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s Research Farm.

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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.


Planting for Pollinators: Conserving Native Pollinators in Towns and Cities – Athens, GA

Published on May 3, 2019

June 21st, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Athens, GA

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.

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Planting for Pollinators: Conserving Native Pollinators in Towns and Cities – Atlanta, GA

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June 22nd, 2019
9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
Atlanta, GA

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.

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Workshop for Women Owning Woodlands: Managing for Pollinator & Native Species – Waynesville, NC

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June 13th, 2019
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Mountain Research Station
Waynesville, NC

Join other women landowners and land management professionals to grow your network and learn about the importance of pollinators and other insects, creating and enhancing habitat, and financial and technical assistance programs. Speakers include Nancy Lee Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society; Jill Sidebottom, Laurel Kays, Jennifer Fawcett, and Renee Strnad of NC State Extension; and Katie Bean of NC State DELTA (Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications).

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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.


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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?


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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 Woodman 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.

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Citizen 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.


Western Apicultural Society Conference – Ashland, OR

Published on April 1, 2019

July 12th – 14th, 2019
Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites Convention Center
Ashland, OR

Join Kathryn Prince, Pollinator Conservation Planner & NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, for the Western Apicultural Society Conference. The weekend long conference will be a mix of dynamic keynote talks, workshops built on the themes of art, beekeeping, social media and marketing, bee habitat conservation, education, native bees, and global research. On Saturday, July 13th, Kathryn will be giving a 90 minute talk on native bees and how to design bee habitat on farms.

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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.


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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 …


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 …