Pollinator Conservation


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 …


Pollinator Week: Bugs and Brews – Denton, NE

Published on May 17, 2018

June 20th, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center
Denton, NE

Join Rae Powers, Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner & NRCS Partner Biologist with the Xerces Society, for an evening celebrating pollinators with our friends at the Audubon Society. Rae will discuss prairie plants and their pollinators on a relaxed hike along the walking trails. Back in the visitor center, enjoy a local brew and chips paired with a presentation highlighting unique plant and pollinator relationships found in Nebraska.

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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 …


Bumble Bee Ecology and Conservation – Webinar

Published on May 8, 2018

May 22nd, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern
http://www.conservationwebinars.net

Join Rich Hatfield, Senior Conservation Biologist at the Xerces Society, to learn the conservation status of North America’s bumble bees (including the federally endangered rusty patched bumble bee, Bombus affinis), threats they face, and conservation measures known to support healthy bee communities.

This webinar will cover the basics of bumble bee ecology and conservation. Participants will learn the status of North America’s nearly 50 species of bumble bees, the threats they face, and the role that important habitat features and land management play in supporting robust bumble bee communities. Participants will also learn basic identification skills as well as the resources available for a more in depth investigation.

The webinar replay will be available for viewing within a few days of the live webinar.

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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 …


Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas Training – Wenatchee, WA

Published on April 12, 2018

June 2nd, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wenatchee Public Library
Wenatchee, WA

Please join us in a collaborative effort to track and conserve the bumble bees of the Pacific Northwest through this hands-on training event. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State University, and the Xerces Society have collaborated to launch a citizen science project to collect data to better understand the status of our native bumble bees. Learn about bumble bees, their conservation status, and how to participate in the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas during this full-day training. With your help, we can create an army of trained volunteers equipped with cameras and vials, and collect bumble bee data throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas Training – Webinar

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May 19th, 2018
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM MDT
Live Webinar

Please join us in a collaborative effort to track and conserve the bumble bees of the Pacific Northwest through this live webinar. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State University, and the Xerces Society have collaborated to launch a citizen science project to collect data to better understand the status of our native bumble bees. Learn about bumble bees, their conservation status, and how to participate in the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas during this online event. With your help, we can create an army of trained volunteers equipped with cameras and vials, and collect bumble bee data throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas Training – Boise, ID

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May 19th, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Morrison Knudsen Nature Center
Boise, ID

Please join us in a collaborative effort to track and conserve the bumble bees of the Pacific Northwest through this hands-on training event. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State University, and the Xerces Society have collaborated to launch a citizen science project to collect data to better understand the status of our native bumble bees. Learn about bumble bees, their conservation status, and how to participate in the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas during this full-day training. With your help, we can create an army of trained volunteers equipped with cameras and vials, and collect bumble bee data throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Click here for more details and to register.


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”.

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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 …


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 …