Thanks to support from Western SARE, we are able to offer 30 scholarships to the course, distributed on a first-come first-served basis.
Thereafter, registration $45 per person. Discounted registration is available to NRCS personnel for $35 per person.
Lunch is not included. Please plan on bringing a sack lunch with you to the course.
Canceled registrations can be refunded until April 22nd, 2013.
This Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course is made possible with the support of the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Additional support for this training is provided by the following: Cinco, Clif Bar Family Foundation, CS Fund, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, Dudley Foundation, Endangered Species Chocolate, The Metabolic Studio, Organic Farm Research Foundation, Organic Valley Farmers Advocating for Organics Fund, Turner Foundation, Whole Foods Market and its vendors, and Xerces Society members.
Special thank you to USDA NRCS Great Basin Plant Materials Center, the Specialty Crop Institute at Western Nevada College for generously hosting this event.
Pollinator planting near rangeland. By Claudia Street, Glenn County Resource Conservation District.
Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course
Western Nevada College
May 3rd, 2013
9:00 am - 4:00 pm PDT
Pollinators are essential to our environment. The ecological service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of more than 85 percent of the world's flowering plants and is fundamental to agriculture and natural ecosystems. More than two-thirds of the world's crop species are dependent on pollination, with an annual estimated value of $18 to $27 billion in the United States alone. Beyond agriculture, pollinators are keystone species in most terrestrial ecosystems, since their activities are ultimately responsible for the seeds and fruits that feed everything from songbirds to black bears. Conservation of pollinating insects is critically important to preserving both wider biodiversity, as well as agriculture.
In many places, however, this essential service is at risk. In 2006, the National Academy of Sciences released the report Status of Pollinators in North America, which called attention to the decline of pollinators. The report urged agencies and organizations to increase awareness and protect pollinator habitat. The Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course was developed to address this need.
Introductory topics include the principles of pollinator biology, the economics of insect pollination, basic bee field identification, and evaluating pollinator habitat. Advanced modules will cover land management practices for pollinator protection, pollinator habitat restoration, incorporating pollinator conservation into federal conservation programs, selection of plants for pollinator enhancement sites, management of natural landscapes, and financial and technical resources to support these efforts. Throughout the short course these training modules are illustrated by case studies of pollinator conservation efforts across the country.
Registrants will receive the Xerces Society's Pollinator Conservation Toolkit which includes Xerces' latest book, Attracting Native Pollinators. Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies, as well as habitat management guidelines and relevant USDA-NRCS and extension publications.
This event is also being held via video conference at multiple locations throughout Nevada. To view more information about attending the Short Course via video conference, please click here.
The Xerces Society is offering similar Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Courses across the country. Visit our online events page to view up-to-date short course information. If you would like to receive announcements about upcoming short courses, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the following information: name, affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and the state(s) for which you would like to receive announcements.
**Continuing Education Credit Available**
Certified Crop Adviser (5 CEUs) and Society of American Foresters (5 CFE credits)
SHORT COURSE TRAINING SKILLS AND OBJECTIVES
Module 1 (9:00 am - 10:00 am) Introduction, Importance of Pollinators
Module 2 (10:00 am - 10:45 am) Basic Bee Biology and Recognition
Break (10:45 am - 11:00 am)
Module 3 (11:00 am - 11:30 pm) Bee-Friendly Farming
Module 4 (11:30 am - 12:00 pm) Assessing Pollinator Habitat
Lunch (12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)
Module 5 (1:00 pm - 2:15 pm) Pollinator Habitat Restoration
Module 6 (2:15 pm - 2:30 pm) Assessing Technical and Financial Support
Module 7 (2:30 pm - 2:45 pm) Additional Resources, Wrap Up
Module 8 (3:00 pm - 4:00 pm) Tour of Great Basin Plant Materials Center
Jennifer Hopwood - Pollinator Conservation Specialist - Midwest
Jennifer holds a Master’s in Entomology from the University of Kansas, and has studied pollinators in tallgrass prairie, woodlands, a research farm, and urban community gardens. She joined the Xerces Society's Pollinator Conservation Program in 2009. Through her work as a Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Jennifer provides resources and training for pollinator habitat management, creation, and restoration to agricultural professionals and land managers. Jennifer is based in Michigan, where she serves on the state's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education advisory committee. She has presented short courses in nearly twenty states. Contact: email@example.com.
Jessa Guisse - Pollinator Habitat Restoration Specialist - California
Jessa has a Masters of Science in Environmental Entomology from California State University, Chico and a Bachelors Degree in Sustainable Farming from Hampshire College. She joined the Xerces Society’s Pollinator Conservation Program in 2008, focusing specifically on outreach in the state of California. She coordinates with local branches of the NRCS / RCD and other conservation agencies to promote the preservation and habitat enhancement of native bees, particularly in agricultural areas. Prior to joining the Xerces Society, she spearheaded a project working with California almond growers to develop the use of the native bee, Osmia lignaria, as a pollinator of almonds. During this time, she also worked in a California native plant nursery, where she implemented an IPM program, researched bee habitat plants, and worked with local farmers and organizations on the establishment of hedgerows and restoration sites. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eric Eldredge - USDA NRCS Great Basin Plant Materials Center Manager
Originally from Caldwell, Idaho, Eric has extensive background in Weed Science, Integrated Pest Management, irrigation, field research, and farming systems. His B.S. and M.S. degrees are from the University of Idaho. Between his Master's and doctoral degree, Eric worked in Hawaii on exotic/invasive plants in the national parks, as well as in alternative crops research on a sugar plantation. Eric earned his Ph.D. in Crop Physiology, with a minor in Horticulture, from Oregon State University. Dr. Eldredge worked as research faculty at OSU for a number of years, conducting sprinkler, furrow, and drip irrigation research, potato variety development, and variety trials of sugar beet, alfalfa, and grains. He has been in his current position as Manager of the USDA NRCS Great Basin Plant Materials Center in Fallon since 2008.
ABOUT THE XERCES SOCIETY
The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation is an international nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. The Society's Pollinator Conservation Program was launched in 1996, and works with leading native pollinator ecologists to translate the latest research findings into on-the-ground conservation. More information about the Xerces Society is available at www.xerces.org.