Thanks to the generous support of Northeast SARE we are able to offer 20 scholarships to this course on a first-come first-served basis.
Registration $45 per person thereafter.
Lunch is not included. Please plan on bringing a sack lunch with you to the course.
Canceled registrations can be refunded until September 2th, 2013.
This Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course is made possible with the support of the Northeast 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: the Ceres Foundation, Cinco, CS Fund, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, Endangered Species Chocolate, The Metabolic Studio, Turner Foundation, Whole Foods Market and its vendors, and Xerces Society members.
Special thanks to Heather Faubert and Dr. Steven Alm at the University of Rhode Island for hosting and supporting this course.
Gary Casabona, NRCS
Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course
Kingston, Rhode Island
September 12, 2013
9:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT
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.
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)
Society for American Foresters (5.5 CFE credits)
The Wildlife Society (5.5 contact hours)
SHORT COURSE TRAINING SKILLS AND OBJECTIVES
Module 2 Basic Bee and Butterfly Biology
Module 3 Bee-Friendly Farming
Module 4 Habitat Restoration
Module 5 Open Laboratory (weather permitting)
Module 6 Current Farm Bill Provisions
Module 7 Additional Resources
Module 8 Wrap Up
Kelly Gill – Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Northeast/Mid-Atlantic
Kelly is the Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions for the Xerces Society and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. A Pennsylvania native, Kelly recently completed her Master’s Degree in Entomology at Iowa State University. There, she conducted small plot and farm scale research, collaborating with organic and conventional farmers, on the development of best practices for conserving beneficial insects in agricultural landscapes.
Gary Casabona – State Biologist
Gary Casabona holds a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University, and a M.S. in Wildlife Biology from Virginia Tech. He worked for USDA-NRCS in New Jersey for 14 years before moving to Rhode Island in 2011 as the statewide wildlife biologist for NRCS. Gary’s current activities include habitat projects for New England cottontail, native pollinators, scrub/shrub birds, wetland restoration, fish passage, and oyster restoration.
Heather Faubert, Extension Educator in Plant Sciences Department, URI
Dr. Steven Alm, Entomology Professor in Plant Sciences Department, URI
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.