Pollinator Conservation


Bee Friendly to Bees Day – Greensboro, NC

Published on July 14, 2017

August 19th, 2017
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Guilford County Extension Office
Greensboro, NC

Join Nancy Adamson of Xerces Society and Olav Rueppell’s bee lab members from UNC Greensboro to learn more about the diversity of bees in North Carolina — more than 500 species! We’ll have displays with native bees and information about how to support pollinators by protecting or planting habitat.

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Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Meeker, CO

Published on July 12, 2017

August 9th, 2017
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
White River Electric
Meeker, CO

Join Jessa Kay Cruz, Senior Pollinator Conservation Speaclist for the Xerces Society, for this full day workshop focused on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in agricultural landscapes. The course will provide an overview of bee natural history and farm practices that support pollinators, such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators. In addition to receiving the latest cutting edge scientific findings, course participants will conduct a field tour to practice identifying bees and their habitat. Registrants will receive the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Toolkit which includes Xerces’ book, Attracting Native Pollinators, as well as habitat management guidelines and relevant USDA-NRCS and extension publications.

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Southern Appalachian Native Grassland Communities Workshop – Cullowhee, NC

Published on July 10, 2017

July 21st, 2017
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
The Cullowhee Native Plant Conference
Cullowhee, NC

Join Nancy Adamson of the Xerces Society, and Gary Kauffman, Botanist for the USDA Forest Service, for a hands-on native grasses workshop highlighting natural communities that inspire ecological landscaping. We’ll see where grass communities are more common and why, learn to use a key based on grass families and tribes, look at samples of common native grasses (many easy to identify without a hand lens), touch on native meadow establishment and long-term maintenance, and help identify samples you share.

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Southern Appalachian Native Grassland Communities Hike and Workshop – Cullowhee, NC

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July 19th, 2017
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
The Cullowhee Native Plant Conference
Cullowhee, NC

Join Nancy Adamson of the Xerces Society and Randy Burroughs, Landscape Architect, to visit several grassland communities along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We’ll discuss fire-based ecology, using these meadows to inspire restoration, and take a closer look at the insects living amongst the many grasses, wildflowers and shrubs making up these beautiful temporal communities.

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POLLI-NATION Festival – Stillwater, MN

Published on July 5, 2017

September 10th, 2017
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Kissing Birch Farm
Stillwater, MN

Pollinator Friendly Alliance is once again giving us the chance to Party With A Purpose! Live bands, craft beer, awards, bee science, art, food trucks, honey, games. Sarah Foltz Jordan of Xerces will be sharing strategies to promote and protect pollinators on Midwest farms. Purchase tickets now for early bird rates ($10) and a chance to win prizes!

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Pollinator Party: A Celebration of Bees! – Minneapolis, MN

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July 27th, 2017
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Lyndale Park Gardens
Minneapolis, MN

Organized by the University of MN Bee Lab and Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, the Pollinator Party brings together bees, kids, scientists, beekeepers, food, and live music! This annual outdoor event provides an opportunity for people of all ages to celebrate the life and work of honey bees and native bees. Stop by the Xerces booth to pick up free resources, play our native bee nesting game, and meet Karin Jokela, our new pollinator biologist in MN.

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Bee-come a Bee Monitor – Maplewood, MN

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September 9th, 2017
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Maplewood Community Center/YMCA
Maplewood, MN

Join Sarah Foltz Jordan of the Xerces Society for an exceptional Citizen Science Pollinator Training and Survey, offered in partnership with Maplewood Nature Center and Great River Greening. Learn how to distinguish Minnesota’s native and exotic bee groups, and methods for monitoring bees. Participants will gain practical experience with hands-on activities including working with pinned specimens, capturing and examining bees in a restored prairie, and practicing methods for standardized data collection. Participants will receive a Citizen Scientist Pollinator Monitoring Guide and other reference material. The event will include a field portion at Fish Creek, where participants will practice capturing and identifying, walk transects, survey for pollinators, and learn about the prairie restoration. Data gathered will provide baseline information that will be tracked as the restoration matures. Wear sturdy walking shoes, long pants and long sleeves. Bring a hat, sunglasses, lunch and water bottle.

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Bee Conscious Field Day – Emmett, ID

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July 18th, 2017
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
St. John’s Farm
Emmett, ID

Join Jessa Kay Cruz, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist for the Xerces Society, for this field day hosted in cooperation with Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides, Natural Resource Conservation Services, and St. John’s Organic Farm. Last summer, NCAP partnered with St. John’s Organic Farm to solarize a grassy meadow at this site and sow it with wildflower seed. This summer, we’ll observe its progress during our day-long field day, in which we’ll cover everything you need to know to establish your own pollinator habitat! We’ll cover site assessment, funding, site preparation, native plant selection, and insect monitoring and identification. You’ll leave knowing everything you need to know to do it yourself!

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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 …


Pollinator Conservation Short Course – Big Flats, NY

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August 23rd, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Big Flats Plant Materials Center
Big Flats, NY

Join Kelly Gill, Pollinator Conservation Speaclist for the Xerces Society, for this full day workshop focused on concepts around protecting and enhancing populations of pollinators, especially bees, in agricultural landscapes. The course will provide an overview of bee natural history and farm practices that support pollinators, such as protecting and creating habitat, modified horticultural practices, and advice on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators. In addition to receiving the latest cutting edge scientific findings, course participants will conduct a field tour to practice identifying bees and their habitat. Registrants will receive the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Toolkit which includes Xerces’ book, Attracting Native Pollinators, as well as habitat management guidelines and relevant USDA-NRCS and extension publications.

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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Kaysville, UT

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September 28th, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
USU Experimental 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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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Boise, ID

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September 12th, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Boise Center
Boise, Idaho

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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Conservation Biological Control Short Course – Minot, ND

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August 22nd, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
NDSU North Central Research Extension Center
Minot, North 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 Eric Mader, Pollinator program Co-Director 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 – Brooksville, FL

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August 10th, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
NRCS Brooksville Plant Materials Center
Brooksville, Florida

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, PhD, Conservation Biocontrol 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 – Clanton, AL

Published on June 6, 2017

August 9th, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Alabama Power Clanton Conference Center
Clanton, Alabama

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, PhD, Senior Pollinator Conservation Specialist of 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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Monarch Habitat Field Days on Farms – Adell, WI

Published on April 13, 2017

August 18th, 2017
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Heidel Family Dairy Farm
Adell, WI

Join us for hands-on demonstrations, activities, and informational sessions about installing and managing native habitat for monarchs and other wildlife on farms. Topics covered include: site selection and site prep methods for native plantings, seed mix design, planting methods, and habitat management, native plant ID, evaluating and monitoring plant establishment, monarch biology and conservation, Farm bill programs and funding opportunities for farmers, and Beyond monarchs: additional benefits of habitat to wildlife and humans. These field days are offered in partnership with Monarch Joint Venture (MJV).

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Monarch Habitat Field Days on Farms – Northfield, MN

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August 3rd, 2017
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Open Hands Farm, Spring Wind Farm, and Little Hill berry Farm
Northfield, MN

Join us for hands-on demonstrations, activities, and informational sessions about installing and managing native habitat for monarchs and other wildlife on farms. Topics covered include: site selection and site prep methods for native plantings, seed mix design, planting methods, and habitat management, native plant ID, evaluating and monitoring plant establishment, monarch biology and conservation, Farm bill programs and funding opportunities for farmers, and Beyond monarchs: additional benefits of habitat to wildlife and humans. These field days are offered in partnership with Monarch Joint Venture (MJV).

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Monarch Habitat Field Days on Farms – Ramsey, MN

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July 28th, 2017
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Garden Farm
Ramsey, MN

Join us for hands-on demonstrations, activities, and informational sessions about installing and managing native habitat for monarchs and other wildlife on farms. Topics covered include: site selection and site prep methods for native plantings, seed mix design, planting methods, and habitat management, native plant ID, evaluating and monitoring plant establishment, monarch biology and conservation, Farm bill programs and funding opportunities for farmers, and Beyond monarchs: additional benefits of habitat to wildlife and humans. These field days are offered in partnership with Monarch Joint Venture (MJV).

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Monarch Habitat Field Days on Farms – Princeton, MN

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July 25th, 2017
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Uproot Farm
Princeton, MN

Join us for hands-on demonstrations, activities, and informational sessions about installing and managing native habitat for monarchs and other wildlife on farms. Topics covered include: site selection and site prep methods for native plantings, seed mix design, planting methods, and habitat management, native plant ID, evaluating and monitoring plant establishment, monarch biology and conservation, Farm bill programs and funding opportunities for farmers, and Beyond monarchs: additional benefits of habitat to wildlife and humans. These field days are offered in partnership with Monarch Joint Venture (MJV).

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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 …