Pollinator Conservation


Native Beneficial Insects for Pest Control and Their Habitat Needs – Chattanooga, TN

Published on November 13, 2017

January 19th, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Southern SAWG Annual Conference
Chattanooga, TN

Join Nancy Adamson of the Xerces Society at this year’s Southern SAWG Annual Conference, which runs Jan. 17-20. Get to know some of the common beneficial predatory and parasitoid insects that help control pests on your farm or in your garden, along with the plantings and practices that help them thrive. Nectar, pollen, protection from pesticides, and shelter for nesting are the key components of a healthy farm or garden that will help keep insect populations in balance.

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Shrubs & Trees for Pollinators & Other Wildlife

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January 16th, 2018
1:00 PM – 1:50 PM
Green & Growin’ Expo 2018
Greensboro, NC

The flowering shrubs and trees you plant throughout our communities add beauty, provide vital pollen, nectar, and shelter for pollinators and other wildlife, and protect our watersheds. Some can also provide income via harvested fruit or woody ornamentals. Join Nancy Adamson of the Xerces Society and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to learn ways to better support the bees and other wildlife that help ensure abundant harvests, keep our ecosystems healthy, and enrich our communities, plus ideas for showcasing stewardship for clients interested in growing green.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Dover, DE

Published on November 6, 2017

December 13th, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
The St. Jones Reserve
Dover, DE

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 Kelly Gill, Xerces Society Pollinator Conservation Specialist, 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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Audubon Society Holiday Open House – Denton, NE

Published on October 31, 2017

December 3rd, 2017
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center
Denton, NE

Join Rae Powers of the Xerces Society in celebrating winter and the holiday season on the prairie with activities for the whole family, great (and green) holiday decorating ideas, live music, snacks, cider, and more.

Free admission, no registration needed.

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Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Farm – Manhattan, KS

Published on October 30, 2017

November 17th, 2017
4:00 PM -5:30 PM
Kansas Rural Center Annual Farm & Food Conference
Manhattan, KS

Learn about ways to support beneficial insects that provide pest control on your farm. 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 Jennifer Hopwood of the Xerces Society for an overview on conservation biological control and beneficial predators and parasitoids that attack insect pests.

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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 …


The Our Farms, Our Future Conference – St. Louis, MO

Published on October 20, 2017

April 3rd – 5th, 2018
Hyatt Regency Downtown
St. Louis, MO

Please Join Eric Lee-Mader, Pollinator Program Co-Director of the Xerces Society, for his talk entitled “Pollinators, Biodiversity, and the Future of Sustainable Agriculture” on April 4th. The Our Farms, Our Future Conference is hosted by the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the National Center for Appropriate Technology ATTRA program. This national event will bring together our diverse agricultural community including farmers and ranchers, agribusiness stakeholders, students, researchers, scientists, agency representatives and nonprofit leaders. This is a once-in-a-decade event!Every decade SARE hosts a conference to look at the progress of sustainability in agriculture and to understand our trajectory for the future.

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MOSES Organic Farming Conference – La Crosse, WI

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February 22nd – 24th, 2018
La Crosse Center
La Crosse, WI

Please join representatives from the Xerces Society at this year’s MOSES Organic Farming Conference, the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming, offering 65 workshops over 6 sessions, inspiring keynotes, engaging round-tables, and a resource-packed Exhibit Hall with over 170 vendors. Pollinator program Co-Director Eric Lee-Mader will be giving a workshop entitled “Ecological Infrastructure: How to Design for and Benefit from Nature on the Farm”. Specific details on exact time for this workshop coming soon. The Xerces Society will also have a table in the Exhibit Hall.

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Sound Waters University 2018 – Langley, WA

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February 3rd, 2018
8:30 AM – 4:15 PM
South Whidbey High School
Langley, WA

Please join Eric Lee-Mader, Pollinator Program Co-director, for his class entitled “Hedgerow Agro-Ecology” at Sounds Waters University 2018. Sound Waters is a “one day university for all”, bringing together people passionate about life in Puget Sound. Held since the early 1990s on the first Saturday in February on Whidbey Island, WA, Sound Waters now attracts 600+ people yearly. No prior knowledge is required to attend – just an interest in learning about and taking care of this amazing place that we call home.

Sound Waters offers attendees a choice of 60 or so fun and informative classes and presentations about the natural world and the fragile environment of this special place in the Salish Sea.

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National Conference on Cover Crops & Soil Health – Indianapolis, IN

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December 7th, 2017
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Sheraton Indianapolis at Keystone Crossing
Indianapolis, IN

Join Eric Lee-Mader, Pollinator Program Co-Director for the Xerces Society, in a breakout session entitled “Sowing Biodiversity: Cover Crops for Bees, Beneficial Insects, and Pest Management”. This conference is intended for anyone interested in the practical use of cover crops and soil health improvement, including farmers; conservation agents; certified crop advisers (CCAs) and agribusiness staff; and university, nongovernmental organization (NGO), and agency representatives.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Unity, ME

Published on October 19, 2017

November 30th, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
MOFGA Common Ground Education Center
Unity, Maine

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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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Alexandria, LA

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November 15th, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Louisiana NRCS State Office
Alexandria, Louisiana

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, and guest instructors 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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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 …