Pollinator Conservation


Published on May 24, 2019

June 13th, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Roger County Building
Claremore, OK

Join Ray Moranz, Grazing Lands Pollinator Ecologist and NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, for this all-day workshop designed to help you learn how to bring more pollinators to your property. Ray will deliver presentations on pollinator biology, pollinator gardening, and conserving pollinators on farms. The event, hosted by OSU Extension – Rogers County, is free and open to the public. Lunch is provided.

Click here for more information. To RSVP, please call John Haase at 918-923-4958.


Pollinators on the Plaza – Lincoln, NE

Published on May 23, 2019

June 19th, 2019
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Union Plaza
Lincoln, NE

Join Rae Powers, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner with the Xerces Society, in celebrating National Pollinator Week with the family by learning all about the wonderful world of pollinators. This free event will have lots of fun and creative activities for all ages. Be sure to swing by the Xerces table for information and activities on pollinator conservation. This event will be cohosted by Lincoln Parks and Recreation and the University of Nebraska- Lincoln, UNL Bee Lab.

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Bugfest – Raleigh, NC

Published on May 22, 2019

September 21st, 2019
9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Raleigh, NC

Join Phyllis Stiles, Bee city USA Founder and Pollinator Champion with the Xerces Society, and Nancy Adamson, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, along with about 30,000 bug-loving friends for a Raleigh tradition! Phyllis and Nancy will host a kid-friendly table about pollinators. North Carolina’s Museum of Natural Sciences hosts over 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities. Meet entomologists and other scientists and learn about the fascinating world of bugs. You can visit Café Insecta to sample buggy dishes prepared by local chefs. Free and everyone is welcome!

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Insect Apocalypse? What Is Really Happening, Why It Matters and How Natural Area Managers Can Help – Webinar

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June 18th, 2019
12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Webinar

Join Scott Hoffman Black, Executive Director of the Xerces Society, for this webinar hosted by the Natural Areas Association, where he’ll explain the latest science on insect declines and highlight important ways natural areas managers can incorporate invertebrate conservation into their land management portfolio. Though they are indisputably the most important creatures on earth, invertebrates are in trouble. Recent regional reports and trends in biomonitoring suggest that insects are experiencing a multi continental crisis evident as reductions in abundance, diversity and biomass. Given the centrality of insects to terrestrial and freshwater aquatic ecosystems and the food chain that supports humans, the potential importance of this crisis cannot be overstated. If we hope to stem the losses of insect diversity and the services they provide, society must take steps at all levels to protect, restore and enhance habitat for insects across landscapes, from wildlands to farmlands to urban cores. Protecting and managing existing habitat is an essential step as natural areas can act as reservoirs for invertebrate diversity.

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How to Support Native Bees on Cape Cod – Mashpee, MA

Published on May 15, 2019

June 20th, 2019
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Mashpee Library
64 Steeple St. Mashpee MA 02649

Join Emily May, Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society, to learn about the diversity of native pollinators on Cape Cod and how you can help protect these important insects. The presentation will cover how to recognize native bees, intro to native bee biology and habitat needs, planting for pollinators, and how to make your yard or garden a sanctuary for bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.

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Planting for Pollinators: Conserving Native Pollinators in Towns and Cities – Alburquerque, NM

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June 15th, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
Alburquerque, NM

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.


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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Pollinator Fest – Ames, IA

Published on May 14, 2019

June 22nd, 2019
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Reiman Gardens
Ames, IA

Join Sarah Nizzi, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner and NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, for Pollinator Fest at Reiman Gardens as part of Pollinator Week. Admission to this event is free.

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Grow Native! Workshop – Albany, MO

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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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North American Prairie Conference – Houston, TX

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June 2nd – 5th, 2019
University of Houston-Clear Lake
Houston, TX

The 2019 North American Prairie Conference will draw some of the brightest minds in prairie conservation, restoration, education, and communications from Texas, the Southeast, and the Midwest. Join Rae Powers, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner & NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, for her presentation on rangeland management for pollinators, and be sure to stop by the Xerces booth for information on prairie habitat and pollinator conservation.

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Rome Floyd Beekeepers Meeting – Rome, GA

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June 6th, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Rome-Floyd ECO Center
Rome, GA

Join Phyllis Stiles, Bee City USA Founder and Pollinator Champion of the Xerces Society, as she speaks to the importance of all pollinators and what beekeepers can do to help reverse their decline.

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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.

Click here for more information and to register.


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.

Click here for more information and to register.


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.


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.


Honoring Robbin Thorp, a Living Legend of North American Bee Conservation

Published on April 24, 2019

Robbin Thorp, Professor Emeritus at University of California–Davis, has made lasting contributions to the bee conservation community in ways that might never be measured, but will certainly be felt. As such, it is fitting to recognize this living legend of North American bumble bee conservation during Earth Week.


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.

Click here for more information and to register.


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.

Click here for more information and to register.


Xerces Ambassadors: Dancing Oaks Pollinator Festival – Monmouth, OR

Published on March 27, 2019

June 22nd, 2019
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Dancing Oaks Nursery & Gardens
Monmouth, OR

Join Xerces Ambassadors for the Dancing Oaks Pollinator Festival that will include local food & music, educational activities for kids and grown-ups, and featured pollinator-friendly plants for sale & giveaway during the day.

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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.


Pollinator Garden

Mitigating the Effects of Heat on Urban Pollinators

Published on March 6, 2019

By coming together with others in our communities who care about climate change—and working to increase the numbers of those who care—we will be able to bring about the changes that are needed before it’s too late for our pollinators.


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.


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.


Yellow Banded Bumble Bee

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.


Long horned bee on plains coreopsis

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.


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.


A Shifting Climate Creates Winners and Losers

Published on November 27, 2018

To mitigate the impacts of climate change we need to increase the amount of high-quality and resilient habitat everywhere. Natural areas are the glue that holds all other habitat together, but for insects even small patches in connected networks within agricultural, suburban, urban, and other landscapes can be beneficial. Whether you are a gardener, a farmer, or the manager of a park or nature reserve, you can take action to protect and restore habitat. Xerces has resources to help on our website.


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.


Squash bee (Xenoglossa)

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.


Surprising Results from a Survey of Bumble Bee Watch Users!

Published on May 23, 2018

This past February, Bumble Bee Watch (BBW) users were invited to take a survey run by York University researchers to learn more about participant demographics, motives, and confidence with bumble bee identification. Three hundred forty-two people from across Canada and the United States responded to the survey, representing members of various ages, locations, and years Read more …


From the Field: Trees for Bees

Published on May 15, 2018

Last Friday, I visited Mt. Cuba Center botanical garden in Hockessin, DE to give a presentation. Over the past few years, I have had the honor of being invited to Mt. Cuba to talk about pollinators, beneficial insects, and different steps we can all take to improve habitat for these important animals. Each time I Read more …


Bee Friendlier With Your Lawncare

Published on May 6, 2018

A lush, green, weed-free lawn is as American as apple pie. It tells the whole neighborhood that you are a competent, hard-working, contributing member of society. Dandelions and overgrown lawn are a sign of neglect, incompetence, and laziness – or so our traditional American landscape would have you believe. Americans have a love affair with Read more …


Planting for Pollinators: Button Bush

Published on October 26, 2017

  This post is part of an ongoing series highlighting some of the best plants for pollinators from coast-to-coast. Drawing from our books 100 Plants to Feed the Bees, Gardening for Butterflies , and our Monarch Nectar Plant Guides. Button Bush Cephalanthus occidentalis A popular cultivar of button bush is ‘Sputnik’ and when you see Read more …


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”.

Click here for more information and to register.


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 …


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 …