Intended Audience

The content of this course is tailored to those interested in learning more about the identifcation, ecology, and conservation of pollinators and beneficial insects in home gardens and on farms.


The registration fee for this course is $10* per person. Pre-registration is required and space is limted it 35 people.

*Scholarships are available. No application necessary.  See registration page.


Thursday, September 26th, 2019                         5:30 PM to 8:00 PM MST
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NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas
1036 Miller Road
Los Lunas, New Mexico 87031

Driving Directions

Registration Contact

Liz Robertson, The Xerces Society
(503) 232-6639, Ext. 120

Workshop Instructor Contact
Emily May, The Xerces Society

Reasonable Accomodations

The Xerces Society provides reasonable accommodations for special events with adequate notice. To request accommodation for events, please contact

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

The Xerces Society embraces diversity in our program services.  At the Xerces Society, a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment is one where all participants feel valued and are treated with respect regardless of their gender identity, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, education and/or disability.

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

Course Partners and Acknowledgements

This short course is made possible thanks to the support of the Carroll Petrie Foundation and the NMSU Agricultural Science Center.

Photo Credits

Emily May / The Xerces Society (banner)

Thelma Heidel-Baker (side panel)

How to Support Pollinators and Beneficial Insects in Central New Mexico

NMSU Agricultural Science Center
Los Lunas, NM

September 26th, 2019
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM MST

Join us at the NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Los Lunas for this interactive workshop that will guide participants through the observation, identification, and ecology of pollinators and beneficial insects.

Emily May (Pollinator Conservation Specialist, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation), Miranda Kersten (Sr. Program Specialist, NMSU ASC), and Amanda Skidmore (Urban/Small Farm IPM Extension Specialist, NMSU ASC) will be discussing management practices that support pollinators and beneficial insects in home gardens and on farms.

The workshop will include a field tour of wildflower mixes being tested at the Agricultural Science Center for attracting and supporting pollinators.

The Xerces Society offers various short courses across the country. Visit our online events page to view up-to-date short course and event information.

Short Course Training Skills and Objectives

  • Ability to identify basic groups of pollinators and beneficial insects
  • Knowledge of the habitat needs of pollinators and beneficial insects in Central New Mexico
  • Best practices for supporting pollinators in gardens and on farms, including an overview of integrated pest and pollinator management strategies

Continuing Education Credits offered:

  • Certified Crop Advisor Credits
  • Society of American Foresters Credits
  • The Wildlife Society Credits


5:15 - 5:30 pm:  Arrivals, sign in

5:30 - 6:15 pm: Introduction to New Mexico Pollinators and Beneficial Insects

6:15 - 7:15 pm: Field Tour of Wildflower Test Plots; Field Observation of Bees/Beneficial Insects

7:15 - 8:00 pm: Practices to Support Pollinators and Beneficial Insects

8:00 pm: Wrap up


Emily May, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Pesticide Program, Xerces Society
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.

Miranda Kersten, Sr. Program Specialist, NMSU ASC
Miranda Kersten is a Sr. Program Specialist at NMSU’s Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center. She received an M.S. in Integrative Biology from Oklahoma State University, where she studied the effects of land management practices on a milkweed dependent moth and its parasitoids. She has worked in invasive species removal and riparian restoration in New Mexico. She has worked with NMSU since 2018, focusing on pollinator IPM, monitoring beneficial insects across urban landscapes, and managing IPM research projects.

Amanda Skidmore, Urban/Small Farm IPM Extension Specialist, NMSU ASC
Amanda Skidmore is an entomologist with a background in sustainable agriculture and integrated pest and pollinator management (IPPM) systems. Her research has focused on improving pest management practice in specialty cropping systems, with a focus on the impacts of  these management practices on natural enemies and pollinators.