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Presentations & Talks

Join the Xerces Society and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) for this webinar that highlights insectary cover crop trials conducted by The Xerces Society and research from the USDA-ARS on cover crop impacts on soil health and water dynamics.  Jessa Kay-Cruz of the Xerces Society and Lauren Hale of the USDA-ARS will discuss on-farm evaluations of cover crops and highlight the considerations that went into species selection and seed mix formulations.

This online short course is intended for NRCS staff,  Soil and Water Conservation staff, Extension Educators, farmers and other agricultural professionals in the Pacific Northwest, but anyone is welcome to register and attend.  This course is led by Stephanie Frischie and Corin Pease of the Xerces Society, who will discuss common soil invertebrates, their ecology and roles in soil health, scouting methods, and management strategies to increase beneficial soil animal populations.

Join the Xerces Society and the Gold Ridge and Sonoma Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) for this 1.5 hour webinar that will explore migratory western monarch conservation in Marin, Sonoma, and Mendocino County coastal areas. Hear from three monarch butterfly experts as they discuss the increasingly important role of California’s northern overwintering groves and how coastal communities can take action to protect and restore critical monarch habitat.

Join Xerces Society Executive Director Scott Hoffman-Black for this webinar on monarch butterflies, one of North America’s most iconic animals.  Weighing less than a penny, monarchs can fly up to 3000 miles from summer breeding grounds to overwintering sites in Mexico and have captured the imagination of generations of people as one of our largest and most striking butterflies. Unfortunately, North American monarchs are threatened with extinction due to habitat loss, pesticide use, disease and climate change.