J.N. Stuart Flickr Green Comma butterfly (Polygonia faunus)

Intended Audience

Anyone with an interest in making their community better for bees and other pollinators. This might include gardeners, teachers, city park managers, and naturalists.


Registration is $10* per person. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Each participant will receive a packet of information materials, including a copy of the best-selling book, Attracting Native Pollinators.

Lunch will not be provided, please bring a lunch and refillable water bottle to the workshop. 

*Scholarships are available. No application necessary.


Saturday, June 15th, 2019                             9:00 AM to 4:00 PM MDT

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Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
901 Candelaria Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107

Driving Directions

Registration Contact

Rachel Dunham
The Xerces Society

Workshop Instructor Contact
Emily May

The Xerces Society

Reasonable Accommodations

The Xerces Society provides reasonable accommodations for special events with adequate notice. To request accommodation for events, please contact rachel.dunham@xerces.org.

The Xerces Society is an equal-opportunity provider and employer.

About the Xerces Society

The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Established in 1971, the Society is a trusted source for science-based information and advice. We collaborate with people and institutions at all levels and our work to protect pollinators encompasses all landscapes. Our team draws together experts from the fields of habitat restoration, entomology, botany, and conservation biology with a single focus—protecting the life that sustains us. To learn more about our work, visit www.xerces.org.

Partners and Acknowledgements

This workshop is made possible with the support of the Carroll Petrie Foundation and the Narure Conservency.

Photo Credits

Bumble Bee on indian blanket by Sarowen/Flickr (banner) and Green Comma butterfly (Polygonia faunus) by J.N. Stuart/FLickr (inset).


Planting for Pollinators:
Conserving Native Pollinators in Towns and Cities

Rio Grande Nature Center State Park
Alburquerque, NM

Saturday, June 15th, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM MDT

Please join us to learn about bees and butterflies, and what you can do to provide the habitat they need in urban and suburban gardens and greenspaces.

This workshop 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 pollinators’ 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 help make your home, and your community, native pollinator friendly.


Pollinator Conservation and Threats

  • We'll introduce you to the importance and diversity of native pollinators, and why we should care.
  • Overview of the four principal threats pollinators face: habitat loss, pesticides, diseases and nonnative species, and climate change.

Natural History and Identifying Pollinators

  • An introduction to the life history of pollinators, plus pointers for  identifying some commonly encountered bees and butterflies.

Walk and Talk

  • Let’s go outside to see what pollinators look like in real life, take a close-up look at some of them, and practice spotting good habitat—and what could be improved.

Giving Pollinators What They Need in Towns and Cities

  • Where and how to improve towns and cities for pollinators by creating flower-rich habitat in urban and suburban spaces, from yards to parks—and everywhere in between.

Engaging Your Community

  • Ways to broaden your efforts by engaging neighbors, friends, and others in pollinator conservation and citizen science.


Emily May, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Pesticide Program. Emily May is a Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Pesticide Program at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. She received an M.S. in Entomology from Michigan State University, and has studied pollinator habitat restoration, bee nesting habits, and the effects of pest management practices on wild bee communities. Her work with Xerces since 2015 has focused on supporting pollinators through habitat creation and mitigating pesticide risk to bees and other beneficial insects. 

Olivia Carril has been studying bees for over 20 years in ecosystems around the world.  She received her B.S. from Utah State University, as well as her M.Sc.  For her master's project, she conducted a long-term inventory of the bee fauna of Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument, exploring the relationships between bee diversity and habitat characteristics.  She received her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where she focused on one bee genus (Diadasia), and its host flowers, exploring the role of floral color and scent in attracting the bee.  More recently she is a coauthor of The Bees in Your Backyard:  A Field Guide to North America's Bees.  She is currently writing additional books on bee identification, and also conducting surveys of bees in several National Monuments in New Mexico, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.