Pollinator Conservation


Common Ground Country Fair- Unity, ME

Published on September 20, 2017

September 22nd, 2017
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Common Ground Country Fair
Unity, ME

Join Eric Venturini, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservationist and NRCS Partner Biologist for The Xerces Society, for his talk entitled “Pollinators and Beneficials on the Farm, and How to Use Them”.

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Oklahoma Native Plant Society’s Central Chapter Meeting – Oklahoma City, OK

Published on September 12, 2017

October 5th, 2017
6:30 PM
John E. Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center, Rm 196 – OSU-OKC
Oklahoma City, OK

Hear Ray Moranz of the Xerces Society present at this month’s ONPS meeting with his talk entitled “Creating and Maintaining Pollinator Habitat on Oklahoma Farms, Ranches, and Gardens”.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Mt. Clare, WV

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October 25th, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Quiet Dell United Methodist Church
Mt. Clare, West Virginia

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Join Nancy Lee Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist for the Xerces Society, for an overview on conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

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Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Summit 2017 – Little Rock, AR

Published on September 7, 2017

October 12th, 2017
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
UA – Pulaski Technical College
North Little Rock, AR

Ray Moranz of the Xerces Society will be delivering a lecture on monarch biology and conservation at this year’s Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Summit. Learn about monarch butterflies and pollinators in the natural state! Join us to discuss their importance and the plan for a coordinated effort to conserve these valuable resources. This is a unique opportunity to provide your input as we introduce the draft Arkansas Monarch and Pollinator Conservation Plan.

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Monarchs on the Mountain – Tulsa, OK

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September 23rd, 2017
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area
Tulsa, OK

Stop by at the Xerces Society’s informational table staffed by Ray Moranz, Grazing Lands Pollinator Ecologist and NRCS Partner Biologist, at Monarchs on the Mountain festival. The day will be filled with fun and educational activities highlighting the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly, the Great Monarch Migration and the habitat of Turkey Mountain which supports a myriad of wildlife. Information will be available and plants may be purchased to help establish your own Monarch Waystation. Visitors can even make a seed ball to plant this fall. Monarch tagging will be demonstrated and butterflies will be released to join the southward migration to the Oyamel fir forests of Central Mexico. This free festival will appeal to all ages and food trucks will be on site. Come spend the day with us celebrating our unique place in the life of the Monarch!

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2017 Pollinator Summit – Denver, CO

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November 2nd, 2017
8:00 AM
Denver Botanic Garden
Denver, CO

Join Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society, as the Morning Keynote Speaker of the 2017 Pollinator Summit for his talk entitled Bringing Back the Pollinators: An Integrated Landscape Approach to Pollinator Conservation.

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Managing Smaller Natural Areas: Case Studies on the Role they Play in Protection – Fort Collins, CO

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October 11th, 2017
4:25 PM
Natural Areas Conference
Fort Collins, CO

Join Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society, for his talk at the Natural Areas Conference entitled Managing Smaller Natural Areas – Case Studies on the Role they Play in Protection: Successful Partnership Conserves the Imperiled Mardon Skipper.

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Best Management Practices for Pollinators – Fort Collins, CO

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October 10th, 2017
1:45 PM
Natural Areas Conference
Fort Collins, CO

Join Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society, for his talk at the Natural Areas Conference entitled Best Management Practices for Pollinators: Creating Practices That Are Meaningful and Implementable for Rangelands Across the West.

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Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden – Omaha, NE

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September 26th, 2017
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Garden Club of America Shirley Meneice 2017 Horticulture Conference, Lauritzen Gardens
Omaha, NE

Join Jennifer Hopwood for an overview of supporting beneficial insects such as lady beetles and lacewings that help control plant pests in your garden. Participants will learn how common garden practices can impact beneficial insects and how to attract and support these important insects in your garden.


Plants, Pollinators, and People: How pollinators help us and how we can help pollinators – Omaha, NE

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September 26th, 2017
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Garden Club of America Shirley Meneice 2017 Horticulture Conference, Lauritzen Gardens
Omaha, NE

Plant pollination by insects is one of the most widespread and important ecosystem services, and is essential in natural, agricultural, and urban landscapes. Native pollinators, especially native bees, contribute significantly to this service. The work of pollinators is something that touches us all through the food we eat, the clothes we wear, and the landscapes we enjoy, and yet their future is clouded by habitat loss, pesticide use, and introduced diseases. Join Jennifer Hopwood of the Xerces Society to learn more about the fascinating lives of pollinators and information about how you can care for these vital animals wherever you live.


Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Pierre, SD

Published on August 29, 2017

October 3rd, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
SDSU Regional Extension Center
Pierre, South Dakota

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Join Thelma Heidel-Baker, Conservation Biocontrol Specialist at the Xerces Society, for an overview on conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

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Monarchs Across Georgia Symposium – Conyers, GA

Published on August 4, 2017

September 23rd, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Visitors Center)
Conyers, GA

Join Nancy Adamson of Xerces to learn about common native bees we can support by protecting and planting pollinator habitat. In Georgia, we have more than 500 native species and a few introduced species in addition to the European honey bee. Bumble bees, mason bees, mining or digger bees, sunflower bees, carpenter bees, hibiscus bees, and leafcutter bees are all groups you can easily recognize when you slow down and take a look. Plus, in Georgia, Nick Stewart has created a wonderful “Bees of Georgia” website you can reference http://native-bees-of-georgia.ggc.edu/. Nancy’s program will highlight nesting habits to help you in supporting these diverse native pollinators. You can view some of her video clips of bees visiting native plants at https://www.youtube.com/user/MelittologyNancy. The day includes many other wonderful speakers: Sonia Altizer on Monarch Butterflies, Kim Bailey on Hummingbirds, and Keren Giovengo on Gardening for Pollinators.

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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 …


Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Kaysville, UT

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September 28th, 2017
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
UAES Kaysville Research Farm
Kaysville, Utah

Learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control in this full-day short course. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to integrate beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately reducing and in some cases eliminating the need for pesticides. Join Jessa Kay Cruz, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist for the Xerces Society, for an overview on conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

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On-Farm Pollinator Habitat Benefits for Watermelon Pollination – Webinar

Published on January 20, 2017

February 28th, 2017
11:00 AM PST
https://learn.extension.org/events/2952

This webinar will provide an overview of strategies to promote pollinators within annual rotational croplands in California. The focus will be on recent advances to establish native wildflower plantings and how these can positively contribute to promoting bees and crop pollination. Although examples will primarily be for watermelon many aspects are likely to apply to row crops more generally. The webinar will include a discussion of pollination benefits and also consider potential benefits and risks associated with pest management.

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General Mills, NRCS and the Xerces Society Announce Multi-Year, $4 Million Investment in Pollinator Habitat

Published on November 30, 2016

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Mollie Wulff, General Mills; (763) 764-6340 ; mollie.wulff@genmills.com Kaveh Sadeghzadeh, NRCS; (202) 720-2182; Kaveh.sadeghzadeh@wdc.usda.gov Scott Black, Xerces Society, (503) 449-3792, scott.black@xerces.org   General Mills, NRCS and the Xerces Society Announce Multi-Year, $4 Million Investment in Pollinator Habitat Organizations share commitment to help pollinators prosper WASHINGTON, D.C., November 30, 2016—General Mills, the Read more …


[VIDEO] Western Bumblebee no longer in Willamette Valley

Published on June 28, 2016

Though Oregon may be experiencing a population boom, there is at least one group that is no longer found anywhere in the Willamette Valley. The Western Bumblebee. “Western Bumblebee used to be one of the 3 most common species in Oregon,” said Sarina Jepsen of the Xerces Society in Portland. “It’s really declined dramatically and Read more …