Early registration is $45 per person. After March 15th, registration is $50 per person. Course registration includes a copy of Attracting Native Pollinators.
A limited number of scholarships are available to farmers of bee-pollinated crops to cover the fee of the course. To apply for a scholarship, please contact the Cheshire County Conservation District at 603-756-2988 ext.116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lunch is not included. Please plan on bringing a sack lunch with you to the course.
Canceled registrations can be refunded until March 18th, 2014.
This Pollinator Conservation 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: CS Fund; Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund; USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant through the NH Department of Agriculture; Markets, and Food; Whole Foods Market and its vendors; and Xerces Society members.
Pollinator habitat planting on New Hampshire blue berry farm by Don Keirstead, New Hampshire NRCS.
Pollinator Conservation Short Course
Jaffrey, New Hampshire
March 25, 2014
9:00 am - 4:00 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 Short Courses across the country. Visit our online events page to view up-to-date short course information.
SHORT COURSE TRAINING SKILLS AND OBJECTIVES
Module 1 Introduction and Importance of Pollinator Conservation
Module 2 Basic Bee and Other Beneficial Insect Biology
Module 3 Bee-Friendly Farming
Module 4 Open Laboratory (outdoors, weather permitting)
Module 5 Habitat Restoration
Module 6 Assessing Technical and Financial Support
Module 7 Additional Resources
Module 8 Wrap Up
Eric Lee-Mäder – Assistant Pollinator Program Director
Eric works to raise awareness of native pollinator conservation techniques among growers and government agencies. His previous work includes commercial beekeeping and crop consulting for the native seed industry where he provided weekly insect and disease scouting on hundreds of plant species grown for prairie restoration efforts. He is an Assistant Extension Professor at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Entomology, and has authored several books and government management plans for native pollinators. He is the lead author of Xerces' latest book Attracting Native Pollinators. Protecting North America's Bees and Butterflies. He has also co-authored Managing Alternative Pollinators: A Handbook for Beekeepers, Growers and Conservationists.
Don Keirstead, Resource Conservationist, New Hampshire Natural Resources Conservation Service.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.